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Obama’s legacy in the Middle East desert

- The Washington Times

”Can’t anybody here play this game?” That could be the ol’ perfessor, watching Barack Obama and his gang of sad sacks trying to manage the chaos and confusion in the Middle East, much of it of their own making. It’s clear now to nearly everyone that this president and his administration have cornered the market on ineptitude.

Bombing Run Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Deciding who rules the Middle East isn’t America’s job, but knocking out the Islamic State is

As the Islamic State expands the caliphate carved from what used to be Iraq and Syria, the American people demand that it be destroyed. Our ruling class responds with dysfunctional debate. Democrats blame Republicans for starting the Middle East’s war and vow not to worsen matters by intervening again, while most mainstream Republicans blame President Obama’s Democrats for throwing away what they call George W. Bush’s victory in Iraq and yearn for American “boots on the ground” to “save it.”

Dealing away American sovereignty

The legacy media and the federal bureaucracy are really, really, hoping you’ll be distracted by the arrests of soccer executives. And if that’s not your speed, they have the drama of federal charges against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, sparking questions about blackmail, “bad acts” and Mr. Hastert’s time as a teacher and wrestling coach in his hometown.

Illustration on Republican profligacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Back to the spending trough, again

There’s an old saying about politicians that they come to Washington promising to clean up the swamp, but then they discover it’s really a hot tub — and jump right in.

Truman Campaign Button Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Testing presidential timber

There are so many Republicans running or thinking about campaigning for president in 2016 that even political pundits are hard-pressed to name them all — and they come from all backgrounds, including even the field of medicine. The situation speaks to the notorious unprofessionalism of American politics. Our presidents have come from almost any source: the military, governorships, Congress, appointed government service, newspaper editorships (Warren Harding), even from academe (Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama).

Illustration on China's pressures for a neutral Okinawa by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The other side to the Okinawa story

The governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, Takeshi Onaga, is amid a visit to Washington, D.C., the latest in a number of governors over the years to travel to the United States to “appeal” issues surrounding our base presence.

A honey bee queen, center, mills about a honeycomb as it's hive receives routine maintenance as part of a collaboration between the Cincinnati Zoo and TwoHoneys Bee Co., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at EcOhio Farm in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Of pork-barrel and pollinators

The Obama administration has finally released its long-awaited National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators. It’s the federal government’s answer to the alarming claims that honeybees are disappearing, threatening many crops that rely on the bees for pollination.

Centennial High School senior Doyle Trout, left, and his classmates react as his childhood and high school photographs appear on the screen during the senior slide show during graduation on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Trout, a four-time state wrestling champion who lost his left leg in an accident, is going to the University of Wyoming on a wrestling scholarship. Wyoming is honoring Trout's scholarship, and he hopes to wrestle again someday but doing that won't be easy.(Francis Gardler/The Journal-Star via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; KOLN-TV OUT; KGIN-TV OUT; KLKN-TV OUT

What I know: advice for the real world

Make the face you show the world—in interviews, on the job, socially and professionally—the reflection of what’s in your heart and mind.

Paula Jones smiles during a news conference in Dallas, in this April 16, 1998, file photo. Encouraged by an outside lawyer, Paula Jones is ready to insist on $2 million, half from President Clinton and half from a New York tycoon, in exchange for dropping her sexual harassment lawsuit, two legal sources involved in the case said Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ** FILE **

Paula Jones: Reprise of a famous bimbo eruption

- The Washington Times

For the Republicans, worthy or not, Hillary and Bubba are the gift that keeps on giving. Whoever is responsible for writing the thank-you notes has a big job ahead. The dynamic duo keep a network of warehouses just to house and keep track of the gifts. No wonder Hillary needs her own Internet server.

Illustration on the move to remove Andrew Jackson from the twenty dollar bill by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The cheap currency of judging historical figures by today’s standards

New York Times columnist Gail Collins is on a tear. Her sense of civic rectitude oozes from her prose. Her characteristic breezy haughtiness is on full display. The moral imperative that has caught her fancy and led to two columns in as many months: Getting that angular-faced Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replacing him with a woman, preferably an African-American or American Indian.

Illustration on Net Neutrality by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

New rules make the Internet’s future look very 20th century

Like a thief in the night, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently denied eight separate petitions requesting the agency delay the implementation of new Internet regulations while they are challenged in court. While the late-afternoon news dump and decision was predictable, it is no less disappointing that the Internet will soon be subjected to 20th century telephone monopoly-era regulations.

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A statue of the Goddess of Democracy is displayed during a pro-democracy protest near the China Liaison Offices in Hong Kong Sunday, May 31, 2015. The protest marks the 26th anniversary of China's bloody crackdown on Tiananmen Square on June 4, ahead of a much larger annual candlelight vigil. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The lights flicker in Hong Kong

The newspaper is the canary in the coal mine, the first to warn of the boot of the dictatorship when the dictator feels the heat of a free press. The dismissal of four columnists on The South China Morning Post, the leading English-language daily in Hong Kong, is a sign that China intends to be "no more Mr. Nice Guy" in the former British colony.

The Left's War on Police Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When cops are dismissed as bad guys

Since the riots over robbery suspect Michael Brown's death last summer in Ferguson, Mo., and several other deaths of black suspects, America has been awash in a "dialogue" about police and race.

Tracking the vanguard of liberty and limited government

Garland S. Tucker III, chairman and CEO of Triangle Capital Corp. and author of "The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election," has written profiles of 14 men, several of them largely forgotten, who played a prominent role in keeping conservative principles alive during often hostile periods.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP Photo)

Turkey's erratic Erdogan government flirts with China and the Islamists

The course of Turkey hangs on the outcome of the elections June 7, but there's more than provincial interests at stake. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, eager to transform his nation as well as his presidency, is reaching for more power. His erratic public statements and policy feints in all directions have weakened Turkey's bonds with NATO allies in Western Europe, already wary of taking Turkey into the pact as a full-fledged member of the European Union.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Our Souls at Night'

Kent Haruf died at the end of last year, leaving behind one final tale. It's set, like all his previous novels, in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. Titled "Our Souls at Night" and just published, it will thrill aficionados of his earlier books and hook readers new to his work with simple yet concentrated language that gorgeously evokes the lives of its central characters Addie Moore and Louis Waters.

U.S. Trade through Thailand Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. will find a cooperative ally in Thailand at the Asia Security Summit

Asia will be all ears this weekend when Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks on the Obama administration's policy of rebalancing American relations at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore. For the United States to achieve its shift toward Asia, it will need strategic partners. Thailand is so strategically placed to be such partner.

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The nanny state sets its sights on the stogie set

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing regulations that could ban the sale of most of the cigars currently available in the United States. The FDA last year uncorked a 241-page, 70,000 word barrage of proposed restrictions on the sales and marketing of tobacco products. Some congressmen are pushing back against the agency, but it is unclear whether cigar smokers can escape the nanny-state's sacrificial altar.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Internet ignorance hurting U.S.

The Washington Times

One thing that is clear from the debate over National Security Agency "snooping" is the abysmal ignorance on the part of politicians, editors and commentators about the Internet. Worse, the ignorance is self-willed and appears to be deliberate. But there is no secret about the Internet or the way it works. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people throughout the world are well aware of how a packet switch network functions, how TCP/IP works, and why trite phrases such as "get a warrant" serve to demonstrate only the stupidity of those who use them.

Bureaucrats will destroy nuclear Navy

In 2009 the "reset policy" of the current U.S. presidential administration unleashed the Russian terror in the world by giving Vladimir Putin the green light to pursue his KGB/FSB profession not only as former FSB chief, but as president of Russia. Mr. Putin knew that America would not confront him if he continued to kill more than 50,000 Chechens, 6,000 Ukrainians, 36 journalists, 293 Russian apartment dwellers (in order to frame Chechnya) and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.