Editorial Cartoons of the Week

Consider building new statues as well

American history has a lot of unknown heroes — people whose names are unfamiliar or whose stories have been largely lost. Let’s recover them.

Regional cuisine: Best of times, wurst of times

Living overseas during two military tours of duty in Europe provided our family with unique opportunities to learn about various cultures firsthand. We didn’t have to imagine what it would be like to be European, we simply lived it. Although some Americans shy away from sampling local foods, regional cuisine was an integral part of our overseas adventure.

Not a loner after all -- just a military spouse

Prior to writing this column, I had never taken a test like Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which has been used for decades in the military and other organizations to assess personality. I had always assumed I was an introvert, because over the course of 23 years as a Navy spouse, I spent so much time by myself. I mistakenly thought my loner personality was the reason why it was difficult to make friends every time we PCSed. Turns out, I was wrong.


Japan crushed COVID-19 by masking. US could too.

And the history of Japan’s masking habits holds surprising lessons for Americans — while offering hope they could be duplicated in the U.S.


Taliban bounties would be a new low even for Putin

Offering “bounties” for killing individual soldiers is shocking. It is especially dangerous when directed from the intelligence service of a nuclear-armed nation to the armed forces of a strategic opponent.


Both parties had a chance but failed on police reform

What went wrong? Both sides behaved badly. Each surrendered to internal political pressures.


Future of Europe could be decided in Poland

The European Union has many problems, but the most fundamental may be the rift between northern and southern member states and the even deeper fault line running between west and east.


Governors must protect health care workers

Whether we’re still in the first wave of COVID-19 infections or preparing for the second, this much is true: We cannot abandon medical workers again by not providing the protective equipment they need.


Past salary shouldn’t dictate future earnings

One undeserved increase or decrease in salary can get frozen in for a worker’s entire career. This is especially pernicious when the unfair salary distortion is the result of discrimination.


Reversal of fortunes stunning for Egypt’s el-Sissi

El-Sissi faces a pair of foreign-policy challenges on Egypt’s borders that could turn 2020 into his nadir.


Taliban not equipped to fix Afghanistan

So far, the Taliban haven’t made a case for any economic or political plans, except to state their goal of reestablishing an Islamic emirate.


There should be more Hispanics in the senior ranks

The issues concerning prejudice, discrimination, diversity and inclusion will probably not go away in my lifetime. However, the issue concerning the extremely low number of Hispanic Americans in the senior ranks is the result of a total lack of leadership awareness within our armed forces.


The reassuring context of Korea tensions

South Korea’s remarkable domestic accomplishments have unfolded while the country becomes increasingly influential in global arenas.

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    Nuclear micro reactors: A powerful military tool

    So many of the advanced technologies that will be critical to fighting and winning future wars are extremely energy-intensive; that means winning the wars of the future will require concentrated sources of always-on, assured energy.


    Americans’ mask test failure reflects wider concerns

    I sometimes refer to the COVID-19 pandemic as “the great psychometric test.” We are all being placed under different kinds of strain, and we have the chance to react for better or worse.

  • When beach socialization was a shoo-in

    “Mom, how did you meet people your age during your family vacation?” my 22-year-old daughter Anna asked a couple of weeks ago, during the 13-hour car ride to our North Carolina beach cottage. We would be picking up Anna’s college roommate on the way. Clearly, the girls were weighing their vacation social options.


    Has Bolton redefined the 2020 campaign?

    Now that Bolton has delivered his book manuscript and been paid $2 million for it, he wants us all to understand he is eager to patriotically tell us all what we need to know.


    Germany’s commitment to US security is multifaceted

    German support for America both within NATO and globally is one of our most important bilateral partnerships. Russia and China understand that only too well, which is why they devote so much effort to fracturing that partnership by pressuring Germany to accommodate their own various regional and global initiatives, often to America’s disadvantage.


    Active-duty military already stretched too thin

    What we cannot afford is to put these men and women in a position that oes against everything for which they have trained and sacrificed.


    Ruling on LGBTQ rights is a power play by Gorsuch

    This decision is a landmark. And it will mean liberals must treat Gorsuch as a serious justice, not just a Trump minion. This in turn will help Gorsuch’s bid to become the new Scalia.


    How powerful and how threatening is Putin’s Russia?

    Russian leaders historically fear encirclement, and rightly respect the technological prowess of the United States. Putin’s actions reflect these anxieties.

  • ‘Leadership matters’: Recruiters apply past lessons learned to current crisis

    Riding in a V-22 Osprey over the jungles of Liberia in search of suitable terrain to build treatment camps during the 2014 Ebola epidemic, young Army engineer Major Anthony Barbina had no idea that he was preparing for a job he would fill years later. All he knew was that his skills as a burgeoning military leader were being tested.


    US troop cuts in Germany would be a huge mistake

    Whether he intends to actually bring U.S. troops home or not, Trump is yet again showing contempt for America’s friends.


    The office isn’t dead. it’s just convalescing.

    Ultimately, offices are more than just a place to do business — like the cities that surround them, they are meeting points for social and cultural exchanges.


    Pentagon an unexpected center of resistance to Trump

    For the generals, this isn’t only about following the Constitution. It’s a matter of protecting the services in which they’ve made their careers.


    ‘Union’ is crucial word in Mattis’ denunciation

    Mattis views a conflict between the military and civilian society, concocted during a series of protests over racial injustice, as distinctly threatening to national unity.


    We can’t let vets go hungry during COVID-19 crisis

    Now is the time for us to do our part to assist these service men and women and ensure they can put food on the table for themselves and their families.


    Put America first by leading again

    America is exceptional not simply due to its military might or democratic values, but because 75 years ago it took upon itself the monumental task of underwriting an international system of rules, norms and institutions.


    Not all endorse political moves by retired brass

    A politicized military, or even a military perceived as having partisan political interests, could be sidelined if its advice is no longer seen as neutral.

  • Clean freaks now in good company

    At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, people everywhere ran frantically to the stores, clearing the shelves of disinfectant, bleach and cleaning supplies. Other than a smidge of toilet paper panic, I never felt an urgency to stockpile to prepare for the crisis. Why? Because I’ve been a clean freak all my life.


    1st manned flight is just 1 step for SpaceX

    Above all, the company must demonstrate that its relatively inexpensive human-capable flights have a commercial market — an idea that’s far from certain.


    Is it wise to have troops police Americans?

    The use of military force for policing on American soil in the early United States came at a heavy cost, stoking fear and causing death and destruction.

  • A long-ago trek on the Pacific Crest Trail is helping me survive in quarantine

    When I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in the ’90s, a rattlesnake struck at my ankles, missing by millimeters.

  • Pandemic ramps up PCS move rivalries

    It’s summer PCS season, when 40% of the 400,000 military and DOD civilian moves take place each year. This time brings back memories of our family’s final military move in May 2017. It was our 11th in 23 years of marriage, and it was pretty much like all the rest — a stressful experience involving tedious planning, unexpected crises, broken and lost belongings and physical exhaustion.


    This is not your grandfather’s debt problem

    World War II does provide a lesson for today. Budgetary shortfalls are good in bad times, bad in good times — and horrible when scheduled regardless of the times.


    Charities serving heroes in new ways amid COVID-19

    For our tireless efforts, the silver lining is being a bearer of hope for those we serve.


    Trump doesn’t like mail-in voting, but it’s not his call

    Ironically, voting by mail in its old-fashioned version, the absentee ballot, has traditionally been a Republican specialty.


    Honor the fallen by helping their comrades

    We can do this, America. We can practice our freedoms and practice remembering those who gave their lives so that we could keep them.


    Memorial Day’s essence is rightful focus this year

    The silver lining of our quarantines, our solitude, and our adherence to stay-at-home orders is that this Monday may be full of thoughtful memories, solemn tributes and quiet commemorations — an acknowledgement of sacrifice rather than a frenzied dash to the local big-box stores.


    Why is US stuck on regime change in Syria?

    The proper course of action in Syria is the one Trump advocated before he was president: complete U.S. departure.


    Replacement of IGs with appointees is alarming

    The inspectors general who remain have every reason to be concerned for themselves and their subordinates as they embark on investigations that could turn up unwelcome findings or evidence of a crime or misconduct.

  • Bolognese should have been a sure-fire solution

    Judging from the bright sunlight that glowed through my closed eyelids, it was a beautiful morning. But I couldn’t get up and face another day of this unending monotony. I pulled the pillow over my face and yearned for sleep to deliver me.


    Ombudsman: With no Stars and Stripes, these stories wouldn't be told

    Plenty of Stripes’ “local” coverage of the pandemic also cast an enterprising light on the larger story.


    The unsung war heroes of the National Rifle Association

    The National Rifle Association of America has a long, exquisite history of service to the nation. Many of its leaders from past generations were war heroes. But their legacies, largely for political reasons, are barely known today.


    COVID-19 will expose the ghosts in the US economy

    According to one estimate, about half of small businesses will be out of cash within a month, and many of them will close. The American economy has been living off the inheritance of its pre-COVID-19 past, and that cannot go on forever.


    To succeed in their aims, Iraq and the US still need each other

    There is little doubt that Iraqis and Americans are better off working together, especially now.


    We won’t end COVID-19 with ‘test and trace’

    Our political culture often puts individual rights before communal interests. We’re not obedient people by heritage; the Constitution enshrines our right to rebel.

  • Rooting for a pretty pastime

    I’ve got dirt packed under my fingernails. There’s a blister the size of Delaware on my thumb. My face is sunburned in a distinctive raccoon pattern around my sunglasses. I’m walking with a slight limp, thanks to the pain in my knee from too much squatting.


    Forced quarantines are not the American way

    They are a form of detainment without due process, contrary to the spirit of the Constitution and, more important, to American notions of individual rights.


    World war factors into pandemic comparisons

    For the analogy to be effective, we must account for the war that made the 1918 flu so deadly.


    WWII vets keep the flame burning — in lockdown — 75 years later

    They’ve seen just about everything, but nothing like the coronavirus.


    Honoring nurses, troops extra special this year

    There are so many stories of grief and deep sorrow, of incredible teamwork, selflessness, strength and endurance.


    Fast reopenings also about larger agendas

    One of the biggest economic effects of a hasty end of lockdowns adopted to limit the spread of the coronavirus won’t be to save businesses; it will be to kick people off of desperately needed government assistance.

  • Even garden-variety military spouses inspire

    I’ve always been a bit of a loner. This may seem to contradict my image as class clown, columnist and book author — but it’s true nonetheless, and it has affected me as a military spouse.


    Russian policies and leadership shape the Mideast

    Putin has become a daring military gambler in the Mideast. That has extremely serious military security implications for the United States.


    As states reopen, be a neighbor, not a tattletale

    We have to start trusting others to do what is right.


    Congress mirrors a divided US on reopening

    We’re a nation that ought to be united, but can’t resist the temptation to divide.


    Pandemic can unite the generations out of necessity

    The coronavirus crisis will not erase party lines, but it could make us all see ourselves, our country and the world in a different way.

  • College talk: Not just where you go, but how you get there

    Traditionally, May 1 is National Decision Day for high school seniors picking colleges. COVID-19 has delayed some universities’ schedules; however, parents will inevitably begin engaging in vaguely competitive “college talk.” Beware: These seemingly innocent conversation starters are an invitation into a quagmire of double entendre.


    Push to build up US military in Indo-Pacific misreads threat posed by China

    If it would strain China to the breaking point just to invade Taiwan, there is no rational case to be made that China has any significant territorial ambitions beyond its own borders.

  • Take those UFO sightings more seriously

    The official release of some previously leaked UFO videos taken by U.S. Navy pilots has sparked renewed interest in the bigger questions. For sure those flying objects are unidentified, but how much attention should we earthlings devote to this issue? I am struck by the contrast between those who see this as an important question and those who think the whole thing will turn out to be an error or some kind of optical illusion.


    Public health, public fear and public policies

    Like most kids, I tended to tune out a great deal of what my parents told me. The story of this remarkable odyssey, however, was so gripping that I listened carefully.


    Supporting veterans during the pandemic

    The good news is that now, more than ever, we are seeing communities come together in this time of physical distance.

  • Family discoveries under a quarantine microscope

    Our family members are the people we know best. Living together makes us intimately familiar with each other’s personalities, likes, dislikes, quirks and habits. We know intuitively what the other person is thinking or feeling, without a single spoken word.


    Historical perspective on relief for cause

    Command is lonely and burdensome precisely because all U.S. Navy officers know that they must be prepared to accept the consequences of their decisions, whatever they may be.


    When leaders emerge from chaos, it’s best to follow

    We do not know the disposition of Capt. Brett Crozier, the former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. But we do know that Crozier laid the basis for his April 2 relief when he wrote to his superiors about the coronavirus then loose upon his ship.


    Stop calling covid-19 a war

    War is the wrong metaphor for our response to this pandemic. The comparison advances a misunderstanding of what war entails.


    Stranded in Kenya and abandoned by my country. Again.

    Soldiers stood at the entrance to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi brandishing automatic weapons and bottles of hand sanitizer. My boyfriend and I were on our way home to the United States — or so we thought.


    The national security cost of Trump's politicization of US intelligence

    In the world of national security, what we don't know can hurt us. The men and women of the intelligence community work every day against that unknown, searching for the truth — uncovering our enemies' secrets to help keep Americans safe.

  • Tiptoeing around the Class of COVID-19

    “Mom! We’re out of avocados!” my 22-year-old daughter, Anna, bellowed. “And where are the goat cheese crumbles?!” People all over the globe are covering their faces and hands before entering grocery stores to buy life-sustaining food staples for their families sheltering at home, only to find them sparsely stocked. But in Anna’s world, being out of avocados is an emergency.


    Coronavirus crisis shows military’s need for agility

    Recent developments involving the Navy during the COVID-19 crisis are a reminder that legacy rules and systems can stand in the way, limiting a branch’s agility in responding to an emergency.


    Marine Corps still honors its gallantry at Iwo Jima

    For many Americans, and for every Marine, Iwo Jima exists as a memorial to duty and sacrifice — a hallowed, consecrated ground not unlike Gettysburg. The battle that produced these feelings was the culmination of years of education under fire.

  • Doomed to Zoom from our rooms

    Recently, a television jingle got stuck in my head. It’s from a PBS kid’s show I used to watch in the 1970s. My brain’s recesses are imprinted with hazy flashes of the program’s ethnically diverse cast of pre-teens dressed in matching striped shirts and bell bottoms, singing the opening sequence’s jazzy theme song.


    Sikhs attacked by terrorists, not just ‘criminals’

    By ignoring the deaths of the Sikhs in Kabul, the otherwise civilized world unwittingly seems to agree that a crisis matters and, frankly, little else does.

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