- Nolan Peterson describes how Americans are perceived by the people he has profiled in the Baltic states, Ukraine, Iraqi Kurdistan, Nepal, and India:
That was evident in February as I traveled with a U.S. Army Stryker convoy across the Baltics. The convoy, called Dragoon Ride, was meant to show U.S. resolve to defend NATO’s Baltic members from Russia.
Along the way, thousands of Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians lined the roads waving American flags to welcome our troops.
Fathers had children on their shoulders. Young women blew kisses to the troops. At each stop, in each little village, hundreds of local people gathered to take selfies with the American soldiers and shake their hands.
I wish you could have seen it; it would have made you proud to be an American.
Maintaining a dominant military with a global presence is not just about quantifiable metrics of national defense or international stability. Our military is also the torchbearer for our country’s values and a beacon of hope for people in times of peril.
- Hillary Clinton may keep Loretta Lynch as attorney general if she wins the presidency. No quid pro quo there.
She Clinton hopes to reassure progressives with her executive actions, which would also include new protections for undocumented immigrant parents, as well as her personnel appointments. Having women make up half of her cabinet would be historic (in recent years, a quarter to a third of cabinet positions have been held by women), and Democrats close to Mrs. Clinton say she may decide to retain Ms. Lynch, the nation’s first black woman to be attorney general, who took office in April 2015.
A suicide bomber detonated his vest near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Two security officers were injured.
The five ISIS gunmen killed by police in Dhaka, Bangladesh were sons of wealthy families, and who attended some of the country’s top schools. They were known to the police as militants before the attack.
The death toll from the ISIS truck bomb attack in the Baghdad neighborhood of Karrada rose to 149, with 192 people wounded. They’re still searching for people who are missing, so it may go higher still.
Nigel Farage resigned as leader of UKIP. He plans to serve out his term in the EU parliament.
A repeat from last year, but worth it: “America the Beautiful” performed by the Hillsdale College Choir.