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Germany ready to offer US a new deal

The climate is changing, and prosperity, democracy and peace are all at risk. Who else will stand up for Western values if the U.S., Germany and their friends won’t?

With all the chaos, the shape of the US presidential race is unchanged

It’s often said that a campaign reflects the values and leadership style of the candidate. Nothing could be more true this year, which is why I’m skeptical that the final week of the campaign will change the likely outcome.

COVID can’t ruin this sweet tradition

Dressed as a friendly witch so as to not scare the tiny princesses and superheroes, I sat on the front porch of our base house with a bowl of candy in my lap, waiting. Peering down at the mix of seasonal sweets I’d bought at the commissary, I felt guilty having included candies that kids avoid just because I wanted the leftovers. The saliva pistons under my tongue fired, imagining the Almond Joys that would be left for me later that night.


OPINION

Supreme Court doesn’t need to be reformed

The proposals all have serious flaws. Either their constitutionality is doubtful or they would undercut the tremendously valuable role that the court plays in protecting liberty and equality.


OPINION

It isn’t Fauci’s fault, but he’s part of the problem

There’s an inbuilt tension between our form of government and expertise, one that has been inflamed not only by Trump but by our society’s confusion about science.


OPINION

Troops have key allies when natural disasters strike

Each natural disaster is a tragedy for those who experience it, and many lives are never the same after the fact. Therefore, we strongly encourage all of America’s service members to take caution and prepare now, especially in these unprecedented times.

Tapping a canoeing memory for strength

Every once in a while, I think back to a day during my teens, when I went canoeing by myself. This wasn’t an extraordinary accomplishment. It didn’t earn me a spot on an Olympic team. I didn’t receive any bravery commendations or citizenship awards. Nonetheless, the somewhat faded memory of this simple personal feat has helped me over the years.


Opinion

Big Tech slaps The New York Post to shield Joe Biden

Censorship is censorship, and as Twitter and Facebook swoop in to protect Biden from what they think is a misinformation campaign, will they continue to allow the spreading of anti-Trump stories based on questionable anonymous sources journalists have relied on for the past four years?


OPINION

A hardheaded case for more COVID stimulus

Fiscal policy during a pandemic is fundamentally different from during a typical financial crisis, and that should shape the federal government’s response. Short-term aid would be better before rather than after the U.S. election, but it needs to be targeted in the right way.

OPINION

Trump or Biden, the US and Europe will split

A Europe equidistant between East and West is of little interest to the U.S., and that in turn leaves the EU neither sovereign nor safe.


OPINION

Missing in action: The commander in chief

A president who does not lead by example, who doesn’t create a positive command climate, who sows distrust, who mocks fellow Americans and who dismisses science in the face of a suffering nation is indeed “missing in action.”


Military life lessons from the last of the litter

The cranberry farmer reached a callused hand into the crate and grabbed the loose scruff of one pup’s neck. Holding the limp six-week-old yellow Labrador retriever, the farmer growled, “You can take this one if you want. The rest are spoken for.”


OPINION

Plot against Whitmer won't be the last white supremacist threat

This is a movement expressly dedicated to the violent overthrow of the United States and the destruction of democracy and its institutions. We have to stand against it.

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  • OPINION

    Credit Moon’s efforts for N. Korea’s contrition

    Moon pursues a steady, responsible course. His numerous critics have yet to propose a persuasive alternative approach.


  • OPINION

    Depression is a battle I’m not willing to lose

    I know this year has been tough and looks like there’s no end, but there are steps to help you find that light.


  • OPINION

    Pence-Harris debate likely swayed few ‘undecideds’

    It was a debate full of head-shaking, lip-pursing and eyebrow-raising for dramatic effect.


  • OPINION

    What if illness leaves Trump ‘unable’ to govern?

    For anyone who gets COVID-19, including the president, there is a good chance that the disease will not prove incapacitating. If so, we will have no need to worry about the 25th Amendment. But it’s essential to understand what it makes clear, and what it leaves open.


  • OPINION

    Iraq’s ‘October Revolution’ may open door to reform

    Al-Kadhimi will need to persuade the protesters to give him more time to clean up the Iraqi government: The corruption is connected to the system of sectarian patronage; uprooting it will require the implementation of political reforms.


  • OPINION

    Afghanistan must decentralize its government

    Afghanistan has experimented with many political systems, and the country has become a graveyard for every one of them.


  • PopSockets, passwords and a perplexed parent

    “You empty a bag of Utz’s Dark Russet potato chips onto a cookie sheet ...” I began, explaining an easy appetizer recipe I’d learned from a friend. “Then you sprinkle crumbled Gorgonzola cheese over ...” “Rusty potato chips?” my mother asked, turning her good ear toward me.


  • OPINION

    DOD rules take religious freedom to extremes

    The most deleterious changes in undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness Matthew P. Donovan’s new regulation are the definitions of what a “religious practice” is and what a “substantial burden” is.


  • OPINION

    There’s room for surprises from Barrett

    Here is a paradox. It is pretty easy to predict the voting patterns of new Supreme Court justices. But it can be exceedingly difficult to predict the votes of justices in specific cases, which means that it can be difficult as well to predict how those cases are going to be decided.


  • OPINION

    A ‘color revolution’? Democrats are not planning one

    For the president’s biggest fans, the real danger is that Democrats are planning to overturn a legitimate Trump victory.


  • OPINION

    Religious freedom bolstered for all troops

    The revised DOD Instruction is a major paradigm shift that offers new hope for religious liberty in the military.


  • OPINION

    Privatizing the VA doesn’t improve patient care

    If Wilkie and the Trump administration continue to put profits and privatization ahead of improving the country’s largest public health care system, employees and the veterans they care for will continue to bear the cost.


  • OPINION

    Peace negotiations a good sign for Afghanistan, US

    Despite policy disagreements and insurgent attacks, institutional ties between Afghanistan and the U.S. are strong.


  • OPINION

    I’m a veteran who was suicidal. Not having access to a gun saved me.

    Access to a gun in moments of crisis is so dangerous because suicide is, as they say, opportunistic, meaning that it would have been all too easy for me, during my dark days, to have one too many drinks and end my life quickly.


  • Champagne dreams, Dirty Banana realities

    I’ve always wanted to say, teeth clenched with haughty intonation, “We were on the Vineyard yesterday,” as if it were our regular routine now that we live in New England. So, last weekend, the unofficial end of summer, my husband, Francis, and I took a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard, the preppy vacation spot for the rich and famous.


  • OPINION

    Vets deserve proper info from DOD to avoid GI Bill debt

    These debts are owed by veterans who transferred their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a dependent, usually a spouse or child, and agreed to stay in the armed forces for four additional years. Yet DOD allowed them to separate before completing their four years without warning them of the financial consequences.


  • OPINION

    In 18 interviews, Trump only looks out for Trump

    Hearing the president breezily insist that he’s done “a very good job” despite a national death toll that will soon pass 200,000 is like a punch in the stomach.


  • OPINION

    On my Calif. ranch, fire threat went from ‘if’ to ‘when’

    Californians live with the knowledge that every year will bring more fire, that we will be forced to continue to breathe the ashes of our homes — and that nothing will change until we get leadership willing to put their communities ahead of their careers.


  • Take time today to tell your 9/11 story

    Some tell of being in the Twin Towers, or the Pentagon, 19 years ago. Others tell of loved ones who died. Some took part in rescues and cleanup. Many, who were deployed to foreign lands to fight terrorists, were injured or killed. But most of us were not on the scene. Instead, we watched from afar. Regardless, it is important for us to recollect what we thought and felt.


  • OPINION

    Still seeking a president who will ‘Bring Us Together’

    All Americans who are capable of telling the truth to their bathroom mirrors know Trump can never pose as America’s unifier or caring healer — and pull it off. His synapses cannot work that way. And he wouldn’t want them to.


  • OPINION

    US should ignore, not sanction, the international court

    Beyond its illegitimacy, the ICC also fosters a dangerous illusion. Justice for wicked leaders and war criminals cannot be adjudicated in a courtroom. War and revolution are how tyrants face justice in the real world.


  • OPINION

    Fallen soldier controversy felt deeper by Trump base

    Both the right and the left care about harm and fairness, even if they do not understand them the same way. But the right cares far more about loyalty, authority and sanctity.


  • OPINION

    My daughter blames herself when 1st grade crashes

    I can’t help worrying: Will she internalize the combination of frustration, boredom and parental anxiety as a story about herself?


  • OPINION

    GOP attempts to limit vote-by-mail put vets at risk

    These are heroes who went to war to protect our constitutional rights, including our right to vote. Yet by refusing to expand vote-by-mail access, Trump is forcing them to wager their lives to participate in the very democracy they already risked everything to defend.


  • OPINION

    Russia using media to wage war in Belarus. Sound familiar?

    If you believe the message from the Kremlin, Russia currently has no plans to send police or military forces into neighboring Belarus. But it has sent in some reinforcements — to the news media, as part of a strategy that should stand as a warning to democracies around the world.


  • OPINION

    Rest of Asia will miss Abe more than Japan will

    This was a prime minister who, for better or worse, seemed to see himself first of all as a convener of and evangelizer to the democracies of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific.


  • Military folks not immune to Mondays

    “Oh for criminy’s sake!” I spat when I realized the commissary was closed. After decades of military life, you’d think I’d remember that on Mondays, commissaries traditionally close for restocking. But there I was, once again, in the empty parking lot, my grocery list in hand.


  • OPINION

    Cancel culture affects, but won’t control, US society

    Fortunately, while “cancel culture” and political correctness have become stronger and more influential over the past few years, these movements have built-in limitations.


  • OPINION

    Blame game won’t work in this Calif. fire season

    Many scientists and public officials also cite global warming, including Gov. Gavin Newsom. They may be right. But lightning was around long before we started burning fossil fuel.


  • OPINION

    MacArthur seeded Japan’s post-WWII flourishing

    More than any other Allied commander, MacArthur understood that the Pacific War was a contest of ideas as well as arms. Simply winning was not enough; Japan’s imperialist ideology had to be discredited and replaced with something better.


  • OPINION

    Trump harmed my prosecution of Bergdahl

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, like every American, deserved to have his actions judged, not on the campaign trail, not on cable news, but in a court of law.


  • Sound Off: What military spouses say about COVID-19

    Recently, I decided to change my “lurker” status, and post something in a popular military spouse Facebook group to which I belong. In my first post to the group, I asked how military families had been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.


  • OPINION

    US must invest to close security gaps in Arctic

    Rather than getting pulled into a reactionary race, we can use this moment to act strategically, on our own terms. We must identify our security gaps in the Arctic and invest in the foundational capabilities that will enable us to close our deficiencies in Arctic communications, domain awareness, enabling infrastructure, and general presence.


  • OPINION

    Recent clashes show why US forces should exit Syria

    Syria’s systemic issues can’t be resolved by the U.S. military — nor should Washington make the grave error of thinking Syria’s fractious politics is a U.S. problem.


  • OPINION

    Amid COVID, connect with military families in need

    While the federal government is working to respond, some of the challenges our military and veteran families are facing require more than a budgetary fix. We require a cultural shift in which civilians better understand and support these families — support that, in turn, also buttresses our nation’s national security.


  • OPINION

    China tips its hand by how it treats Hong Kong

    U.S. government leaders must reinforce current actions with a sustained strategy to limit and restrain China’s expansion. This should include naval and air maneuvers, closer Taiwan ties, reinforcing alliance with Japan, and noncommercial exchanges with Hong Kong,


  • OPINION

    Military readiness’ future is personalized, high-tech

    Any individual injury is a cause for concern. When tallied across the entire armed forces, chronic noncombat injuries create incredible challenges to long-term readiness.


  • OPINION

    Virtual learning can be crafted to better serve vets

    If you are confronting the challenge of converting to a virtual model, here is a framework that worked for us.


  • OPINION

    Cancer studies in military pilots lacking

    Our armed forces take risks and make sacrifices every day. They shouldn’t have the added concern that their jobs will give them cancer.


  • COLUMN

    College sports embraced reckless greed; with the coronavirus crisis, the bill has come due

    The pandemic and its accompanying contraction is a painful and uncertain experience all across the country. But one good thing has come of it: It has tilted some leverage to athletes, on whom so many overpaid livings depend.


  • OPINION

    Sports leagues are trying to salvage a year, but they should be trying to save a future

    Sports are back not because they know it's safe, not because they know it's right, not because they are evangelical about the value of their entertainment. They are just doing what they know: play, make money, repeat, never quit.


  • Appreciating the art of baloney

    Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, people have sought information to quell fear. Over the past five months, the advice given by “experts” has fluctuated wildly, despite having been given with seemingly well-informed confidence. By now, I think we realize that it’s all baloney, bunk, BS.

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