- An American Black Hawk helicopter crashed off Yemen’s coast and one crew member is missing. Five other service members were rescued.
The collisions involving the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald took out a quarter of the Seventh Fleet’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, which puts a dent in American anti-missile capabilities in the Pacific.
But let’s face facts: We are now 16 years down the road, and our government still refuses to be clear-eyed about sharia-supremacist ideology. We’ve lost thousands of valiant lives and wasted trillions of dollars trying to better the lot of people who hate us. Our nation, moreover, has no appetite for the formidable war effort it would take to pursue actual victory against our enemies and their sponsors. We should not inch up our forces in Afghanistan. We should strip down to the minimum assets needed to carry out and support counterterrorism strikes. And we should have as little to do with this region as our vital interests allow.
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fled to Dubai rather than face a verdict in a negligence trial. Her brother, also a former prime minister, lives in Dubai, too — he’s avoiding a 2008 conviction for corruption.