From Okinawa to Vietnam and back: Retired sailor recalls career that spanned three wars

Writer's note: I enjoyed meeting this fellow Sailor and hearing his incredible story of service in three wars. But, what made the greatest impression on me was his befriending Japanese soldiers not long after the Battle of Okinawa and the end of the war. "They had a job to do, just like we did," McCray said. … Continue reading From Okinawa to Vietnam and back: Retired sailor recalls career that spanned three wars

Peace should not be a partisan preference

I don’t much like our president. That’s no secret. But, I do favor peace. I support ending old animosities and preventing unnecessary conflict, and any initiatives to bring prosperity and freedom to the oppressed. For that reason, I applaud our president for his efforts to open dialogue with Kim Jong-un. I pray our nations achieve … Continue reading Peace should not be a partisan preference

Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity

  I return to the issue of Korea for two reasons. First, in my column last week I erred by pandering to passion at the expense of substance. Second, several readers raised a fair point: If I’m going to criticize, I should offer alternatives. I strive to do that (within my editor’s stingy budget for column … Continue reading Diplomacy in Korea: Trump’s greatest burden, and opportunity