Every so occasionally a bunch of whales run up on shore, going crazy, perhaps bleeding from the ears. This seems to be caused by U.S. Navy sonar experiments that send powerful sounds bouncing around the deep. It amazes me that there aren't more people upset by this. I wonder if one day in the future we will figure out how to communicate with whales. If so, I suspect their first question will be: Why do you hate us?David McNew/Getty Images
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.