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Do We Not Bleed? Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Dividing a nation with identity politics

Every generation has its own axes to grind, attitudes to assume, enemies to attack. It’s the way the young move into maturity, sometimes with smarts and sometimes not. Every generation wants to make the world over in its own image.

The Bottomless Pit of Afghanistan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A pit of frustration in Afghanistan

President Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va., was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid “foreign entanglements,” as George Washington put it in his Farewell Address.

Understanding the purpose of Confederate memorials

The Virginia General Assembly wisely enacted Va. Code Section 15.2-1812 to protect war memorials from destruction for political reasons. It provides: “If such [war memorials] are erected, it shall be unlawful to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected.”

Finding out why the Navy goes bump in the night

The news is just in that another Navy ship, The USS John S. McCain, has collided with an oil tanker, resulting in 10 deaths and colossal financial damage. No doubt President Trump was responsible — as President Reagan surely was for Hurricane Kate in November 1985.

Avoiding the Taliban trap

The strategy to inch toward victory in Afghanistan should begin with a simple mantra: First, do no negotiations with terrorists.

President Donald Trump speaks at the National Convention of the American Legion, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump must focus on agenda, raising approval rating

As we enter the fall, the White House, including the president, must narrowly focus on the twin goals of raising the president’s approval rating and moving his legislative agenda before 2018 begins. Anything that does not assist in these goals must be put on the back burner, as there is an opportunity cost for everything they do.

Vice President Mike Pence, left, greets President Donald Trump as he steps off Air Force One as he arrives Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Laying waste to the party of Lincoln and Reagan

Isn’t it time the president stage an intervention to save Congress from itself? As leader of the Republican Party, the president has every right, even a duty, to intervene when it becomes clear his own party leadership is not only obstructing the will of the people, but is doing damage to the country.

Replacing patriotism with tribalism

Just after last week’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, a pro-Islamic State website posted video from the scene along with a message in Arabic saying, “Terror is filling the hearts of the Crusader in the Land of Andalusia.”

Trump's Baloney Detector Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s baloney detector annoys his critics

President Trump is in trouble again with his moral superiors. His problem, of course, is that he cannot throttle his baloney detector. Mr. Trump, it seems, at some point in life acquired a baloney detector that has usually served him well. It certainly served him well during his long years in business and during his brief time in politics. Now, however, it is problematic.

Incentive to Save Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Living with low interest rates

No matter what President Trump and Congress do about taxes and the like, low interest rates are becoming as certain as aging. That’s good news for young folks buying homes but tough on retirees who rely on CDs and bonds, and people over 55 realigning portfolios for retirement.

Iran Turkey Rivalry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran versus Turkey, again

News that Iran’s and Turkey’s governments reached an accord on Idlib, a Syrian town now the focus of American interests, brings relations between the two of the largest and most influential states in the Middle East momentarily out of the shadows.

Women have a tea as workers march towards Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Thousands of union workers marched against the economic policies of President Mauricio Macri. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Time for organized labor to end forced dues

Given the heated rhetoric that surrounds the right to work, you might believe that the concept threatens the very existence of unions. However, as a former union president I can assure you that the ability to collect fees from people who don’t want to join the union is not only unnecessary, but that ultimately it undermines union officials’ legitimacy when speaking for voluntary members.

Illustration comparing Trump's administration with Clinton's by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Not the first wounded presidency

Liberals predicting Donald Trump’s impending political demise should recall one of their own: Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton already plumbed President Trump’s worst-case scenarios and survived. Even congressional Republicans, for whom a “Clinton reprise” is a bigger threat, have less to fear than liberals would like to believe.

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Lessons from the last fortnight of the Civil War

A stunning irony accompanies the concluding novel in Ralph Peters' epic Civil War series: His just-released "Judgment at Appomattox" appears just as a second American civil war suddenly looms out of the mists.

Talk to Kim?

Since talks are ongoing with North Korea, a logical mediation on the part of President Trump would be an invitation to Kim Jong-un to meet at Mar-a-Lago or the White House.

Hatred OK for liberals

I can't in good conscience stand by and not speak out against the news media and left-leaning radicals accusing our president of being racist. For example, FOX News' Juan Williams recently had the audacity to chastise our president for not rebuking and using stronger language against those who caused the death of the woman in the Charlottesville assault.

In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, visitors watch the morning sun illuminate the Grand Tetons, partially-obscured by smoke from nearby wildfires, as seen from within the Great Room at the Jackson Lake Lodge, in Grand Teton National Park, north of Jackson Hole, Wyo. Grand Teton National Park, normally in the shadow of the neighboring and world-renowned Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming, is set to get its day in the sun with next week's total solar eclipse passing directly over the park. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Striking a blow against thirst

The Obama administration decreed six years ago that the national parks could sell soda pop but not water to visitors seeking to slake their thirst on trails through the splendor of nature. Sugar water yes, plain water no.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., attends a state Democratic Party event honoring former U.S. Sen. David Pryor and his family in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) ** FILE **

A spy story for our times

Imran Awan is a Pakistani-born computer whiz who worked for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and for dozens of Democrats in Congress. He and his wife have been indicted on four criminal counts of bank fraud and lying to investigators.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Democrats search for another Lost Cause

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Union scouts have already discovered Robert E. Lee at the gates of the city, lining up the gallant Pelham's artillery to fire the opening round, and Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart are expected to arrive on a night train from the Shenandoah Valley.

Illustration on diplomatic options for North Korea by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Red-teaming' the diplomatic option in Korea

Should President Trump meet personally with Kim Jong-un? John Glover, a graduate student at George Mason University wrote an article advocating such a meeting and, frankly, I think that he's on to something.

Trump's Go-ahead for Infrastructure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Repairing, updating and expanding infrastructure

One of the biggest barriers to investment in infrastructure all across the United States is the long, costly, and unpredictable permitting process. If you have any doubts, just consider the Keystone XL pipeline extension.

Qualifications have no sex, creed

In the backlash from firing engineer James Damore, the CEO of Google said, "[L]et's not forget what unites us as a company -- our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives" ("Google's 'diversity' campaign seeks social, not technical, innovation," Web, Aug. 13). Very nice words — yet that is all they are.

Offended by all, left with nil

Along with the Confederate flag, to many Americans statues of Civil War generals have become symbols of a hateful and intolerant past. Relocation of these monuments is a difficult but reasonable compromise (especially given the alternative of having mobs topple and destroy them).

In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. Bombarded by the sharpest attacks yet from fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, dug into his defense of racist groups by attacking members of own party and renouncing the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Illusion in a slogan

Putting "America first" is what Americans expect of every president, and despite its isolationist history in the months leading up to World War II, the words "America first" can put a lump in many an American throat. "America first" was one of the slogans Donald Trump rode into the White House.

In this Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, a woman stands on the black beach in Vik, Iceland, near the Volcano Katla. The AP reported that stories claiming the Icelandic government will pay immigrants $5,000 a month to marry Icelandic women are hoaxes. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Iceland finds a deadly 'cure'

It's not an exaggeration to think that Margaret Sanger, the 20th century eugenicist, or advocate of improving the human population by controlled breeding, would feel at home in Iceland.