Ed Warner

Veteran Journalist

The Beaver Rage

Posted on | April 23, 2019 | No Comments

Fashions change, thanks goodness. In 18th century London, no self-respecting gentleman would have been without his beaver hat, a much admired fur that also went into various articles of clothing and blankets. Given the profits involved, many adventurous Englishmen headed for the American West in search of this valuable prey, at the same time contributing to and sometimes leading the continental expansion. Read more

The Katyn Lie

Posted on | April 16, 2019 | 1 Comment

War is death to the truth. Any plausible lie will do to advance the cause of one side or the other. An example is the Soviet execution of some 22 thousand Polish officers at Katyn forest as it cemented its rule following the 1939 pact with Nazi Germany – one after another shot in the back of the head and pushed into a mass grave. But we didn’t do it, claimed the Communists. The Nazis did. And for many years later, they were generally believed. Read more

Osceola of Florida

Posted on | April 10, 2019 | 1 Comment

No trouble knowing who is honored at the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. But what about Osceola Street in Stuart, Florida? I asked some passersby if they could identify the man whose name is attached to a main avenue in the town. One after another couldn’t until a woman suggested, “Maybe an Indian.” Read more

The Real Wall

Posted on | April 3, 2019 | No Comments

When is a wall not a wall? When it’s a fence. A semantic confusion. We’re not sure what is being built along the U.S.-Mexican border, but politically speaking, the word “wall” packs a punch for both sides, for and against, useful for rallying supporters, fanning the flames, winning some votes. Never mind reality. Read more

Black Cats of War

Posted on | March 26, 2019 | 1 Comment

The contrast was striking. The setting was the placid, bucolic Bent Pine Golf Club House at Vero Beach, Florida. The topic was the so-called Black Cats, a group of ambulance drivers in World War One, many of whom were students or graduates of Amherst College, which I, too, attended somewhat later. Their wartime experience was harrowing, their performance heroic. The ambulance was as vital as the trench in this war to end all wars. Read more

The Threat of Identity Politics

Posted on | March 18, 2019 | No Comments

Newly elected U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar is well situated to speak her mind. In today’s identity politics, she is top drawer: a woman; a black, in addition from Africa; a Muslim. It’s all here. Who could ask for more? Seizing the opportunity of her elevated status, she proceeded to touch on the third rail of politics – American support of Israel. Read more

America Come Home

Posted on | March 11, 2019 | No Comments

It’s not easy to end a war even when it’s not going very well. President Trump promised to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria, but under pressure from the war community in Washington changed his mind about Syria. Some troops will remain to make sure peace, or its approximate, is secured. He has also calmed tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea but recently ended a summit with the North Korean leader with nothing accomplished, again owing to the resistance of the Washington warriors who fight, to be sure, from a distance. Read more

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"Master of Narrative"

~Ted Lipien


This website contains the collected works, recent articles and continuing blog posts from veteran journalist Ed Warner who has been reporting for more than 55 years. Ed wrote for Time Magazine from 1958-1982 and wrote, edited and reported for the Voice of America from 1983-2005. He continues to freelance today and his articles have appeared in The American Conservative and on AntiWar.com and other news websites. More...

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