Sergeant First Class Jared Monti was leading a reconnaissance mission on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2006 when the grenade hit.
Besieged, under fire and outnumbered by the Taliban, Monti and his men dove for cover. But one of his men got hit. So Monti left his cover three times to try to retrieve him.
On the third try, Monti was hit by a grenade and died on the field. Read More
The smashing success of The Presidents Cup proved that San Francisco can operate a world-class golf tournament with surprising ease. But when it comes to managing its own municipal courses, The City always finds the rough. Read More
Recently, I crossed paths with a cute, chubby prepubescent girl on a street in Philly. She was about six years old, dressed in an ankle length hijab. As we crossed paths, I smiled and thought nothing of it.
Later, though, I was bothered by the idea that someone so young would be required to wear a headscarf, since even the most orthodox interpretation of Islam requires a woman to cover her hair upon hitting puberty, and otherwise, simply dress “modestly”. Read More
"Harry Reid abdicates his leadership role," reads the headline at the lefty Daily Kos Web site. "Why Joe Biden should resign," reads the headline at the Huffington Post. "Whiner in Chief," reads the headline at The Nation, referring to President Obama. Read More
If Democrats really want to stick it to the health insurers, now is their chance. Odds are, however, Congress will follow President Barack Obama’s pattern of talking tough, but then pushing to enrich the companies at the expense of consumers and taxpayers. Read More
I guess I’ve been hearing it for years now as the country has slid into knee-jerk relativism. Till now though, it’s merely been an equivocating grandfather clock in the background, metronomic, at worst nettlesome. It was at the beginning of l’affaire Polanski, though, that I realized how much I’ve come to detest the word “but.”
Americans should be hoping that the Chinese will be kinder to us than we were to the Brits after World War II.
They had spent themselves close to broke fighting Hitler, and asked us for a loan. We set loan conditions so arduous that sterling lost its role as a world currency, damaging the U.K. economy. Debtors don’t have much negotiating power. Read More
Where were you when you came to the panicky realization that Hillary Clinton was right?
For me, it was while driving to work one recent morning and talking with a colleague about the state of the health legislation. I was explaining how the Obama plan wasn’t really about universal coverage but rather cutting a deal with the insurance industry and then making it look good for liberals. Read More
They’ll be shooting gray wolves in Idaho this weekend. Citizens there eagerly purchased 14,500 tags for each to kill a quota of just over 200 wolves. The hunters know all about the wolf’s overpopulation, and they also know they might never get such a chance again. Environmental groups and their $600-an-hour lawyers have been working around the clock to prevent this and all future hunts. Read More
In his Sept. 9, nationally televised speech before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama made news by saying that medical-malpractice litigation “may be contributing to unnecessary costs” in the U.S. health care system. Read More