Veterans Day is one of those holidays that can sneak up on newspaper editors. All of the sudden, right after we've swept up the dust from Election Day, it is time to write the feature stories and the editorials that honor the veterans of America's wars, those who live hereabouts and all their brethren around the world.
Most of the time, we come through, thus:
- Veterans Day brings moments of reflection - Page One/The Buffalo News
- Uncertainty on Veterans Day - Lead Editorial/The Buffalo News
This year, of course, it would be hard for any newspaper to ignore Veterans Day, even if it wanted to:
- Obama joins in honoring victims at Fort Hood - Associated Press/The Buffalo News
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Somberly reciting 13 names and 13 stories, President Obama saluted the Americans killed on this Army post as heroes who died for their country … and promised a nation demanding answers that "the killer will be met with justice." [Official text of Obama's speech. YouTube video.]
- The tragedy in Texas Editorial/The Buffalo News
There can be no enemy worse than the enemy within.
Last week’s killing spree by an Army psychologist at Fort Hood, Texas, increasingly looks like the work of an enemy within the “Army family” that should have provided safety and security at the huge military installation. And it should spur the military to look harder at its own, to watch even more carefully for signs of danger.
-The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder loved Obama's speech.
I guarantee: they'll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes. It was that good. My gloss won't do it justice. Yes, I'm having a Chris Matthews-chill-running-up-my-leg moment, but sometimes, the man, the moment and the words come together and meet the challenge.
- The National Review's Andy McCarthy did not.
[I]t is simply astounding that an American president ... could claim that "no faith justifies" sneak-attack murders, and that no religion teaches that "God looks upon them with favor." In fact, a widely held interpretation of Islam holds exactly these principles.
- Standing tall in harm's way - David Ignatius/The Washington Post
Certainly, the Army and the other services are stressed by the demands of combat. But what's striking to me this Veterans Day is how healthy the military is, given all the weight it has been carrying for the country these past eight years.
- On Veterans Day, feeling the cost of war - David S. Abraham/The Los Angeles Times
I thought I knew the cost of combat. I recommended plans to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan from my desk at the White House Office of Management and Budget. But it was not until last month, as I stood on the tarmac at Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport in Connecticut watching my friend's flag-draped coffin come home, that I truly understood the price of war.
- Homeless on Veterans Day - The New York Times [Ann Telnaes animation.]
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News
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