As the deadline for complete withdrawal approaches, Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left) is soliciting permission from the government of Iraq for American troops to remain in the country in 2012. Predictably, Gates cited “stability” and “reassuring the Gulf States” that they would be safe from Iran as legitimate reasons for a continuing American military presence in Iraq.

Medicare presents an enormous unfunded liability — $24.6 trillion, according to its trustees — to the U.S. government and, by extension, to U.S. taxpayers, who will have to pony up their hard-earned income to pay for the government’s promises of free healthcare for senior citizens. A reasonable person might give serious consideration to radically altering, if not abolishing, the program to reduce its long-term, clearly unsustainable cost. 


In 2007, a 63-year-old American veteran went to a VA hospital for evaluation of his exertional chest pain — again. Seven years earlier he had undergone an angioplasty to three of the arteries of his heart, and since then he had been treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and fibromyalgia. In 2005, his chest pain had returned and now it was getting worse.

Proving that there may yet exist men who value principle over patronage, famed Arizona lawman Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested three of his own people Tuesday.

The U.S. Navy is under fire once again, for its decision to name a vessel after radical left-wing activist César Chávez. Officials said last Wednesday that they were naming one of their newest ships after the Mexican American farm labor organizer. (Chávez served in the Navy from 1944-1946 after which he became a leader in the American Labor Movement and a civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.)