For Ugly American President, Bad News Leads on Memorial Day

The first group of women graduated from United States Army infantry training last week, but with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was almost impossible to distinguish the mixed-gender squads in the steamy woods from those of earlier generations. That’s just how the Army wants it. [The New York Times]

STANDING ON a stage between historic remnants of the Berlin Wall and the World Trade Center building artifact, twisted by the 9/11 terrorist bombing in New York City, President Donald Trump acted like white trash.

We’re used to it by now.

President Macron put Trump in his place when he walked up to the group of NATO leaders, walking straight to Germany’s Angela Merkel, to greet her first. Message: Merkel is the leader of the free world, as far as NATO leaders are concerned.

After sucking up to the Saudis, Trump’s behavior during the NATO meeting was a disgrace to all the soldiers who have died making Europe safe from tyranny and aggression. With a stronger NATO alliance, the world is safer, so America is stronger, too.

Trump doesn’t understand this immutable fact.

As the president arrives back in the United States, his closest ally Jared Kushner is being squeezed by the FBI. He’s not a target but could have useful knowledge that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants in regard to Russia. What closer scrutiny could mean for Kushner’s wide financial dealings could be revealing, but does he have anything to worry about?

We all wait Trump’s “war room” will do once it’s set up. With the Muslim ban headed to the Supreme Court, and Trumpcare trashed on the Senate floor, it’s a little late to declare war when your adversaries have reached inside the White House gates.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, I remember my Uncle Dick, who ended up with “battle fatigue” (now known as PTSD) after flying so many missions in the Korean War. I think about my Marine Corps. brother who was ready and waiting to be sent to Cuba, during another tense time between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. I think about all the men who fought and died in Vietnam, as well as the great heroes who survived, scarred.

Everything I write about is driven by equality and gender opportunity. You’ll read it in my novels, where the women handle firearms and bad guys as deftly as the men. I urge you to check out the article cited at the top of this post. Way to go, Army.

This Memorial Day, on the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, women are taking the battlefield next to men. Kennedy would never have dreamed of such an event, his misogyny firmly affixed to his traditional Catholic mindset on gender issues.

The Republican Party wouldn’t have allowed it if they had the power to stop it.

There’s a reason the U.S. military remains one of the most respected institutions in America.

We salute all of our soldiers and their families this Memorial Day Weekend.

They deserve a more respectful commander in chief. Let’s work on that, shall we?