- The USS Fitzgerald is back at its base in Yokosuka, Japan, but seven sailors are missing after yesterday’s collision with a cargo ship. Three sailors, including the ship’s commander, were wounded badly enough to merit medivacs.
There was another green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan, and seven American soldiers were wounded. The attack occurred at a military base in Balkh province.
Andrew McCarthy argues that missteps by Donald Trump and his Justice Department have intensified the scandal threatening his administration:
One is tempted to put scandal in scare quotes. Trump is somehow enmeshed in a scandal based on actions that a president is fully entitled to take — such as dismissing the FBI director and weighing in on the merits of continuing an investigation of his former national-security adviser. It is, in addition, a scandal born of Trump’s desperation to publicize information that is true and that a president is fully entitled to publicize — such as the facts that the president had been assured by the FBI director on multiple occasions that he is not a criminal suspect, that the FBI director made the same representation to members of Congress, and that a months-long investigation had turned up no evidence of “collusion” between his campaign and the Kremlin.
Yet, a scandal it is: A specter of impropriety is undermining Trump’s administration, tanking his favorability ratings, and stalling his agenda. True, his media-Democrat enemies cast every story in the worst possible light. But there’s always a story, isn’t there?
- Iraqi army and Sunni tribal forces pushed ISIS back from the al-Waleed border crossing between Syria and Iraq. This border crossing is near Tanf, Syria, where the U.S. and its allies have a base.
You’ll be shocked to learn that enrollment at Evergreen State has been declining.