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Weak, confused and ‘unable to grasp’

- The Washington Times

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever in search of a credible reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, Barack Obama has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry “death to America.” He can’t imagine that men can listen to the call to evening Muslim prayer, which so captivated him as a boy growing up in Indonesia — “the prettiest sound on Earth” — and be inspired to dream of bringing down death on America.

Illustration on NOAA's climate change fictions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NOAA’s climate change science fiction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation’s leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

The Invincible Obama Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind Obama’s lack of leadership

President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 civilians but stopped a war that had already killed tens of millions and could have wiped out millions more.

Illustration on Obama's undermining Arctic oil exploration and production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tapping into energy obstructionism

When the Obama administration moved to embrace offshore energy exploration in Alaska earlier this year, skeptics raised a leery eyebrow. Could an administration so hostile to fossil fuels actually change its stripes?

U.S.-Iran Policy Paradox Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Mideast paradox

Most students of Physics 101 have been exposed to a well-known thought experiment called “Schrodinger’s Cat.” In this experiment, renowned Danish physicist Erwin Schrodinger illustrates an absurd feature of quantum theory that allows a hypothetical cat to be both be alive and dead at the same time. This, however, is impossible, a paradox.

Illustration on giving thanks for the American military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Grateful for American muscle

We Americans have much to be grateful for. Every year we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. When we do, we should be grateful as well for the service of the American military in far-flung outposts.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen answers to the House Oversight Committee in the panel's continuing probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government's tax agency, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. Associated Press Photo

Impeach IRS chief John Koskinen

After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service was restricting political speech and targeting conservative and tea party groups, John Koskinen was appointed to head the agency, promising reform and transparency.

The monument to General Gouverneur K. Warren at Gettysburg     The Washington Times

A Thanksgiving message in bronze

In the fall of 1865, America marked its first Thanksgiving since the end of the Civil War. Seven months earlier, after Robert E. Lee had surrendered on April 9, the North held a spontaneous jubilee. Cannons boomed, fireworks illuminated the night sky, bands played, people sang in the streets and crowds cheered the savior of the Union, Abraham Lincoln.

Religious Roots of Thanksgiving Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Proclaiming a day of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time when America’s religious roots and traditions are publicly displayed. While we think of feasting at tables filled with food and drink, and imagine the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony inviting neighboring Indians to join them to celebrate a plentiful harvest, Thanksgiving Day has a much more religious meaning. It was not uncommon in the 17th and 18th centuries for individual colonies to set aside days for prayers of gratitude to our Lord.

An American flag sits in front of gravestones on Veterans Day at San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A refugee’s tale of Thanksgiving

As I grew up in America, I came to realize that the most effective antidote for fear is not courage, but gratitude.

Illustration on the processing of national security intelligence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Memo to presidential campaign advisers

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France — and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel — have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the 2016 election, the landscape may stay altered even if there are no more attacks — and that seems unlikely.

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Obama destroying U.S. at any cost

There's a trail of blood leading from Paris to the White House, where a reluctant commander in chief sits biding his time as his term in office runs out. President Obama is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State and the deaths in Paris. He was warned and forewarned that if he pulled the troops out of Iraq, it would create a vacuum that would be filled by invaders.

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Waiting for the repo man

President Obama and his liberal friends insist they should be judged not on performance but on good intentions. This conceit enables them to condemn critics of federal programs as mean-spirited when the evidence clearly demonstrates that the problem with the program is that it just doesn't work. They want to be graded on "commitment" to alleviating things like poverty, social injustice and regulating the weather and the high seas.

Selfish Protests on Campus Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The grievance generation

Remember the campus unrest in the 1960s? Whether you agreed with the students or not, they were protesting about things of great consequence -- like civil rights, or the military draft, or the Vietnam War. They had chants like "hell no, we won't go." Those were the good old days.

Climate plan an exercise in futility

When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy sits for a deposition in the Murray Energy legal case against the Clean Power Plan (CPP), she should be asked how much the CPP's carbon-dioxide reductions would affect climate. If Ms. McCarthy gives the same answer she gave in the Sept. 18, 2013 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, she will have to admit that the CPP will have no measurable impact on climate ("Lawsuit to stop 'war on coal' could derail Obama environmental agenda," Web, Nov. 18).

Syrians must help fight Islamic State

Hours before the Islamic State's attacks on Paris, President Obama stated that the terrorist group had been "contained." In January 2015 Mr. Obama called ISIS a "JV" (junior varsity) team that had little significance. Apparently Mr. Obama forgot to inform the Islamic State that it is insignificant.

Good intentions don't win wars

President Obama informed us when he was first contending for the presidency that he viewed American intervention abroad as the proximate cause of much global turmoil. If elected, he said, he would pursue an open-hand policy toward all while shrinking our military, our nuclear arsenal and our propensity for being hands-on.

CFPB Spinning Out of Control Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reforming the 'consumer protector'

It's been a rocky five years for the Federal government's top consumer defender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Since its creation as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, the watchdog agency has been mired in scandals that range from spying on American consumers, to massive budget overruns, to racial and gender discrimination.

Illustration on the loss of intellectual freedom in the academic world by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The demise of academic freedom

Last week, I was attacked by so-called "diversity" groups at Yale Law School because I had accepted an invitation from a student group (providing a forum for diversity of ideas), to speak on the meaning of the Birthright provision of the 14th Amendment.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, people wait in line to enter the migrant and refugee registration camp in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Some Republicans are pushing back against aggressive opposition in their party to Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S., fresh evidence of a rift within the GOP that threatens to complicate the party’s outreach to minorities heading into the 2016 presidential contest.  (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

A clear and present danger

President Obama is angry because his constituents are angry about his scheme to resettle thousands of largely "unvetted" refugees in places across the 50 states. He thinks the anger is not legitimate, but manufactured by Republican partisanship, bigotry against Muslims and an overreaction to that business in Paris.

The price of indifference

Barack Obama's heart is just not in the fight against the enemies of the West. Why fight when you can make a speech, deliver a few remarks of empty rhetoric at photo-ops, and hope everything turns out all right. Fighting is so fatiguing. Bashing Republicans, George W. Bush and the Confederate flag is more fun.

Changes at The White House Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's distorted strategy

While France remains in a state of shock over the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, they are also most likely confused and disappointed over President Obama's declaration that there will be no fundamental change to his current policy and strategy to "now contain and defeat ISIS."