So we finally struck Syria. Again. But only after savvy old Jim Mattis had enlisted Britain and France to join us, whittling down Trump’s Tweets to a more proportional target list. While our pilots returned safely, how can American strategic interests be pursued without risking a much wider war?
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Colonel Ken Allard (U.S. Army, Ret.) is a draftee who eventually served on the West Point faculty, as dean of the National War College and as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia (which seemed like a huge deal at the time). His most recent book, Warheads: Cable News and the Fog of War, is a memoir of his 10 years as a military analyst with NBC News and MSNBC, where he and Tucker Carlson were conservatives-in-residence.
Despite his many flaws, President Donald Trump speaks inconvenient truths that imperial Washington prefers to ignore. He did so again earlier this week in a stream-of-consciousness White House conversation that immediately burst into headlines. "We're going to do something militarily until we can have a wall," Trump said.
Honoring Vietnam Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do But We Now Fight Our Wars Using Other People’s Kids
Don’t expect parades down Constitution Avenue, flyovers of the B-2 bomber or 100-gun salutes from the Esplanade. The Pentagon still needs to pinch pennies, even though we hocked the grandchildren during last week's trillion-dollar budget deal. But Thursday marks the first celebration of what will become an annual observance: the National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
If you're wondering what happened on Tuesday in Texas in the state's much-anticipated primary, here is what you need to know.
If you are a practicing Christian -- regardless of denomination -- then the news of Billy Graham's passing may have prompted a memory of how he touched your life, directly or indirectly. Even the rigidly secular mainstream media paused in brief remembrance, recalling how a succession of postwar presidents once publicly sought Reverend Graham's counsel. Some commentators even seemed surprised that Reverend Graham was still around, recalling a far simpler time in our history. Can you remember when Americans could be rallied to a higher purpose, when naked self-interest and partisan politics didn’t prejudice every question -- social, cultural or moral?
There was an unspoken question as Donald Trump mounted the podium for last night’s State of the Union message: Is Robert Mueller’s endless investigation aimed at impeaching the wrong President?
The charges of sexual harassment charges against Democratic Rep. John Conyers are serious enough that he stepped down from his leadership position on the House Judiciary Committee while the Ethics Committee investigates him. Although Rep. Nancy Pelosi called Conyers an “icon,” the Detroit Free Press thinks he should resign. Citing the mounting evidence of previous sexual harassment and the diversion of taxpayer dollars to hush up an earlier scandal, the Free Press's editorial said, ".... whatever Conyers’ legacy will eventually be, his tenure as a member of Congress must end -- now.”
Is Bradley/Chelsea Manning a traitor? And if (s)he is, then what about President Obama, who commuted Manning’s sentence in the waning moments of his administration? How could any self-respecting Commander-in-Chief set aside the conviction of the notorious former soldier who leaked a treasure-trove of defense secrets to WikiLeaks?
Only Native Americans had more to complain about this fateful Columbus Day weekend than disconsolate Republicans. The videotape debacle and Trump's snarky reaction prompted me to contact several friends on his national campaign staff. Couldn't they please tell him to recover some semblance of self-respect and make a semi-dignified withdrawal in favor of Mike Pence? But since sanity hasn't been a hallmark of this campaign, I wasn't surprised when The Donald listened to other and darker voices, maybe even his own.
How can we so callously ignore the latest threat to Hillary Clinton's health? Why has no one suggested what should now be obvious: Take her to the closest VA Hospital immediately! Even if she must complete reams of government forms and then wait for three weeks, shouldn’t the former First Lady be grateful for the same socialized medicine normally reserved for our wounded veterans?
This week's back-and-forth over Donald Trump’s implied disrespect of an American Muslim officer killed in Iraq is appalling -- but purely symbolic, emotional and utterly beside the point. That “debate” might be typical for a declining superpower where the only serious question is: Which of our enemies takes us down first? Will we lose a carrier in the Pacific, will Putin call NATO’s bluff in the Baltic states or will Iran’s first test of a nuclear weapon be a low air-burst over Tel Aviv? Unless you are persuaded beyond all reason that America fights only one war at a time, then why not all three?
Although Donald Trump routinely disses her as Pocahontas, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is such a crowd favorite that she is keynoting tonight’s Democratic National Convention. Whatever side you’re on, I can testify to a side of Elizabeth Warren you might not know.
I have voted for Ted Cruz twice – once as Senator and again this spring in the Texas presidential primary. One of the reasons for the latter decision was Donald Trump’s penchant for making stupid, inflammatory comments -- including insulting heroes like Senator John McCain and (even worse) demeaning members of the Cruz family.
What do Nice, Ankara, Brussels and Paris have in common with Orlando and San Bernadino? Well, nothing at all if your name is Barack Obama. Merely coupling the words ‘Islamic’ and ‘terrorism’ is sure to get you a presidential rebuff. Airily dismissing the most chilling contradiction of our times, he is a community organizer whose world views haven’t changed since he entered presidential politics a decade ago – except for his recent conversion to gay rights.
My July Fourth optimism about America’s future lasted less than twelve hours, from colorful fireworks splashed across a South Texas sky to Tuesday morning’s whitewash of Hillary Clinton.
In a surprising turn-around, Washington Redskins owner Daniel “ya don’t hafta be smart to be rich” Snyder shocked the sporting world by announcing today that the Washington Redskins have finally caved in to overwhelming media pressure. Following the current NFL season, the “Skins” will renounce the controversial nickname by which the fabled sports franchise has been known for most of the last 80 years.
Bottom line first: Ever since the Benghazi attack, President Obama and his advisers have lied through their teeth to avoid awakening the slumbering American electorate. They have been assisted throughout by a media establishment intent on supporting the president’s re-election while maintaining its usual charade of objectivity --- the great oxymoron of our time.
I occupy the bottom rung of the political ladder: I’m a block-walker canvassing San Antonio neighborhoods for a single-term Republican congressman. But you can learn a lot block-walking, like the fact that, less than a month before the election, there’s remarkably little passion on either side. The flatness is almost palpable, from casual conversations to the surprising absence of bumper-stickers.