Editorial Cartoons of the Week

Biden should give Maduro reason to worry

One of the defining features of the Trump years has been the collapse of bipartisan consensus on foreign policy. There is at least one notable exception, however: support for a democratic transition in Venezuela.

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.


Seek a vaccine, but not at the expense of fighting the coronavirus now

Vaccine development can’t come in a vacuum. It needs to be combined with addressing the social and political factors that exacerbate disease and limit the access of many Americans to basic medical care.


Dems just don’t understand Iran’s regime

The Democratic Party’s draft platform for the 2020 election cycle sees the world as I did when I was a Model United Nations delegate: a place where foreign policy is a vessel for pious intentions, and informed by the common good.


Ocasio-Cortez calmly cut down a GOP ‘talking point’

Her speech will mobilize and energize women, in particular, for whom Rep. Yoho’s language represents not a random mistake but the interior monologue of a political party that is led by a man who sounds just like Yoho.


Black military families’ sense of belonging

To cultivate minority military families’ sense of belonging and safety in their communities — and thereby support mission readiness — the military will eventually need to go beyond symbolic changes. For now, the least we can do as a military community is to continue to affirm that African American military families belong.


The 15 signs of authoritarianism? We’ve seen them

You probably are asking yourself, about now, “What are 15 signs my country is sliding into authoritarianism?”


Why ‘White’ should be capitalized, too

One way of remaking race is through spelling — using or not using capital letters. A more potent way, of course, is through behavior.

UK response to COVID-19 has been world-class

When the discussion turns to which countries have responded best to COVID-19 — and if nothing else, the pandemic frees up a lot of time for this debate — those most often mentioned are Taiwan, New Zealand and Vietnam. I would like to make a more surprising nomination: the U.K. COVID-19 is a potential scourge to billions around the globe, so the pertinent question is which country has done the most to stop it.


A changing Sudan doesn’t belong on US terror list

To imagine that keeping Sudan on the terrorism-sponsors list will ward off counter-revolutionary forces is to greatly exaggerate American leverage — and to underestimate the protest movement that brought down Omar al-Bashir.


Help more vets, others save for medical expenses

While my struggles aren’t over, my ability to use an ABLE account to pay for health services has changed my life in a powerful way.

The impossible task of parenting young adults

I used to have a good grasp on parenting. From the time our three children were infants, through toddlerhood, the primary school years and even the dreaded teenage years, I used a fairly successful combination of expert-recommended techniques, mother’s intuition and common sense to raise our children. But now that they are adults, I am dumbfounded.

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    In Fauci, we trust – and these top Miami doctors

    Thank you, universe, for medical pros who tell it like it is. We need these experts. They should be the ones driving policy,


    Trump’s war on Fauci may bring both down

    The sniping at Fauci from the White House is yet another example of this administration’s dysfunction. But it’s also a symptom of our political culture’s confused relationship with science.


    Bans on nursing home visitors are unhealthy, unethical

    Keeping the doors shut is harmful to the health of residents. Good policy demands more nuanced thinking about how some visitors contribute to their safety.


    Reminder for Dems: Politics won’t stop after November

    Democrats’ near-term opportunities shouldn’t obscure the longer-term problems the party faces.


    Fund efforts to combat COVID-19-driven suicide, overdose

    Politicians continue to present a false choice between two health pandemics unleashed by COVID-19, arguing that we must either fight the virus or stem the mental health fallout triggered by record unemployment and strict lockdowns.


    Vindman’s retirement hurts military effectiveness

    Vindman’s early retirement is yet another signal that civil-military relations in the U.S. are becoming increasingly politicized.

  • A small moment when patriotism came easy

    I don’t recall exactly what I was doing that morning 37 years ago — probably at home wrangling my big hair with a curling iron and applying frosted purple eye shadow — but I remember ending up on the courthouse steps at noon, dressed in a red robe. I was in the second row of my high school’s choir, waiting for our cue to sing “America the Beautiful.” Thousands of onlookers waved flags and welcome home banners, honoring the man who prompted all this hubbub. Jimmy Stewart, Hollywood actor and hometown hero, had returned to quaint Indiana, Pa., to celebrate his 75th birthday.

  • The public has little faith in a return to school

    President Donald Trump recently began demanding that schools open in the fall. It’s a successor to his demand in the spring that the economy reopen full throttle, and it looks like it will be similarly ignored.


    To judge monuments, think about their meaning

    The distinction is not only whom the statue shows, but what message it conveys.


    High court patches up Electoral College for 2020

    In a moment of deep uncertainty about making the 2020 presidential election work, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck a blow for stability and common sense.


    Contingency upends election predictions

    Whim. Chance. Contingency. Randomness. Call it what you will, but this type of unexpected phenomena drives U.S. political history just as much as the decisions by candidates and their teams, and in turn the decisions of the voters.


    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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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.

  • 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.

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