Another failed photo-op

President George W. Bush jetted off in the dark of night for a clandestine visit to Iraq – a grandstanding photo-op by a coward who refused to fight in war when his country called.

I’ve always found Bush’s swaggering "war-time president" persona the height of political hypocrisy.  This is, after all, the same George W. Bush who hid out in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid going to Vietnam and who later became the "Commander in Chief" who sends members of the National Guard and Reserve to their deaths in his lies-based invasion of Iraq.

Why we need to get it right the first time

Wen Ho Lee, an atomic scientist wrongly accused of espionage and vilified by press reports that depended on bad sources, won court judgments against the federal government and five media organizations recently but all the money in the world cannot ease the nightmare he suffered for the past nine years.

Democrats haven’t closed the deal

Republican Brian Bilbray won the special election in California Tuesday to replace convicted bribe-taker Randy "Duke" Cunningham in a race that should have been closer than it was and one that should tell Democrats they still have their work cut out for them if they hope to recapture control the House and Senate in November.

The sound of thunder

WRITER’S NOTE: I wrote this column for Memorial Day 1998. It has been reprinted in a number of publications and is the most-requested reprint of columns I have written over the last few years. It is rerun here today as a reminder of why we celebrate Memorial Day and must work as hard as we can to avoid the horror of war.