Commentary

Comment: Natural disasters aren’t Haiti’s only problem

Haiti’s vulnerability to quakes and storms was worsened by colonialism, politics and even foreign aid.

Comment: Afghan soliders didn’t quit; we left the battle first

To abandon an ally is bad enough. To insult an ally by blaming them creates a lasting moral injury.

Comment: Opinion polls show path forward on immigration

Americans favor immigration; at current levels. That’s where Congress can start its proposals.

Comment: Taliban only pretending their barbaric days are over

Their actions in Kabul make it clear they’re promises are being made as leverage for international aid.

Comment: Taliban say they’ve changed, but so has Afghanistan

Dealing with its factions and no technocrats, Taliban rulers may find their new country a challenge.

Comment: Afghan allies must be rescued before it’s too late

Instead of insisting on bureacracy to vet refugees, Biden has the authority to bring them here now.

Comment: Parents again anxious about kids’ return to schools

Parents were looking forward to a return to classrooms. That was before the delta variant and new worries.

Comment: Debate over U.S.’s Afghan war will sound familiar

The realization of a failed war in Vietnam fueled a blame game that began even before combat ended.

Comment: It’s hubris to focus on ‘America’s humiliation’

America’s leaders have much to answer for in Afghanistan, but the focus must remain on that nation’s people.

Comment: To navigate climate change we need to map the oceans

Less than a fifth of earth’s ocean floor is known, but mapping can help us prepare and confront climate change.

Comment: U.S. again faces moral obligation to aid refugees

The U.S. found bipartisan agreement to resettle its allies after Vietnam; that duty has returned.

Comment: As Kabul falls, blame game overshadows context

Headlines and pundits declared winners and losers within hours. History got less consideration.

Comment: U.S. errors in Afghan war a repeat of Vietnam

As it had in Vietnam, the U.S. didn’t understand the country and propped up an army doomed to fail.

Comment: What fall of Kabul means for Biden’s foreign policy

Our allies won’t doubt U.S. resolve, but they may doubt Biden’s ability to handle crises elsewhere.

Comment: Very few medical exemptions for vaccines legitimate

In cases of allergic reactions to the first dose, for instance, they account for only 5 in 1 million.

Comment: State’s new laws on policing an aid to police, public

The reforms are meant to improve accountability and build trust with the public that law enforcement serves.

Paramedics Cody Miller, left, and Justin Jones respond to a heat exposure call during a heat wave, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Viewpoint: Heat waves not topping records but shattering them

There’s growing concensus regarding for which climate disasters we and greenhouse gases are to blame.

Paramedics Cody Miller, left, and Justin Jones respond to a heat exposure call during a heat wave, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
Activist Gene Stilp, a lawyer who lives in both Loudoun County, Va., and Harrisburg, Pa., shows a combined Nazi-Confederate flag before burning it outside the Loudoun County courthouse in Leesburg, Va., on June 12, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey

Comment: At 100, WWII vet mourns hate’s hold in own country

Riots like Unite the Right in 2017 were bound to happen, he said. ‘And it still can happen.’

Activist Gene Stilp, a lawyer who lives in both Loudoun County, Va., and Harrisburg, Pa., shows a combined Nazi-Confederate flag before burning it outside the Loudoun County courthouse in Leesburg, Va., on June 12, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey

Comment: No, casual contact with fentanyl won’t cause overdose

There’s zero chance a first responder can OD by touching the drug; there are other explanations.

Comment: Dangerously, we’re still using ‘vermin’ as an analogy

There’s a long history of referring to different races and classes as unclean insects. Now it’s intensifying.

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