Editorials

Obama’s mistake on exchange for Bergdahl can’t ever be repeated

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be tried by a general court-martial on charges he deserted his unit in Afghanistan and engaged in misbehavior before the enemy, the Army revealed this week. For Bergdahl, the trial will settle the question of whether he should be punished for what he did.But on a more ...

There’s no way around it; toppling IS will require use of ground troops

Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq are being attacked more vigorously than ever before, as President Barack Obama emphasized Monday. But decisive action against them still appears to be missing."We are hitting ISIL?(Islamic State terrorists) harder than ever," Obama proclaimed. He cited ...

US officials rank saving face over defeating terrorists

More than 50 military intelligence analysts have said their conclusions about battling terrorists in Syria and Iraq were altered by U.S. Central Command officials to exaggerate successes against groups such as the Islamic State.Members of Congress revealed Friday they will investigate the ...

Congress must demand it gets say on Paris climate change agreement

It probably will require weeks of examining and analyzing the Paris climate change agreement for Americans to understand fully what it means to us.At first glance, however, the pact appears to set the groundwork for devastating our economy even as we help "developing" countries build up ...

Reforms must be made to fix problems within Secret Service

It should not surprise Americans that they have heard little recently about shortcomings at the Secret Service. Sweeping misbehavior by government officials under the rug has become a pattern during President Barack Obama's administration.Still, one wonders why Obama has not demonstrated more ...

Climate change is more about favored industries

Are liberals in Congress focused on battling climate change - or giving big tax breaks to wind and solar energy companies??There is a difference.Reports about negotiations on a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill noted last week that it would include tax breaks for producers of renewable ...

Trump’s plan to ban Muslims is ethically and practically wrong

Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on ethical grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it, "it's not what this country stands for."But Trump's idea is bad for another reason: It wouldn't ...

All Americans must unite to defeat threat of terrorism

If they had planned to do so, the man and woman who slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., last week could not have provided a more effective wake-up call regarding the threat that is Islamic terrorism.Their victims included a rainbow of races - black, white, Asian and Hispanic. They ...

Obama’s plan to combat terrorism is not working, despite what he says

Before Sunday night, President Barack Obama had used the Oval Office as a backdrop for televised speeches just twice. In making his third such address, Obama clearly wanted the American people to view it as something very important.The subject matter, terrorism, was that. What the president ...