Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal on Bowe Bergdahl in the Time of Obama. “I spoke Monday with a highly decorated former Special Forces operator and asked what he thought about Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who was released over the weekend after five years of Taliban captivity in exchange for five hard cases out of Gitmo. The former operator suggested a firing squad might be appropriate. His view is widely shared in the community of warriors who risked—and, in at least six cases, lost—their lives searching for a soldier who wrote his parents that "the horror that is america is disgusting" before vanishing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. But wait: We are not ‘in time of war.’ We are in Time of Obama,” Stephens writes. “In Time of Obama, dereliction of duty is heroism, releasing mass murderers with American blood on their hands is a good way to start a peace process, negotiating with terrorists is not negotiating with terrorists. In Time of Obama, the testimony of the Pakistani militants regarding Sgt. Bergdahl's health is at least as credible as anything Susan Rice has to say, on any subject, on any Sunday talk show.”
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett at the Guardian on the risk of lady-named hurricanes. “In shocking news that should vindicate men's rights activists everywhere but surprise no one who has ever angered my mother in a supermarket, it has emerged that female hurricanes are deadlier than their male equivalents. But according to behavioural scientist Sharon Shavitt – a pleasing sitcom cockney name if ever I heard one – it appears that ‘gender biases apply not only to people, but also to things’,” Cosslett writes. “People were less likely to seek shelter from say, a hurricane Patricia or a hurricane Barbara than they might a hurricane Michael or hurricane Oberon. But I'd argue that we've had a taste of the macho now and cannot go back – the risk to public safety is too great. Instead, I propose naming future storms after WWE wrestlers ("hurricane Undertaker", "hurricane Ultimo Dragon" and "hurricane Randy Savage" would surely make you think twice about staying put), for they are truly the manliest of men among men."