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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.

NATO Safe Area for Refugees Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Responding to humanitarian catastrophe

The international community just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, a landmark peace agreement that brought an end to the Bosnian War and a grave humanitarian crisis in the Balkans.

Illustration on the need for streamlines conceal carry permits in Washington, DC by Alexander Hunter/the Washington Times

Fighting ISIS with concealed carry

Following the recent Paris attacks, the Islamic State recently announced its intention to “strike America at its center,” in Washington, D.C. Our response should be swift and decisive.

The Approval of Technical Wrong Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the gun-ignorant make gun laws

When the state of Maryland quietly killed off its 15-year, $5 million social experiment in gun control — so-called “ballistic fingerprinting” — it served up the latest example of people who know nothing about firearms making technical laws about guns. The news of this latest failure (not a single crime solved in 15 years) followed New York shutting down a similar program, and it generated from gun owners and gun makers a tired “We told you so.”

Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Allmon           Associated Press photo

A military witch hunt that almost succeeded

Along with many Americans, I salute The Washington Times for having the courage to not only report on the Air Force general court martial persecution-prosecution of Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Allmon, but to continue following this case with a series of updates from the courtroom trial in Minot, N.D., until the court martial concluded on Nov. 14.

MS St. Louis, 1939. The Voyage of Doom.

Stopping the next Holocaust

By now, in the days following the Paris massacre and the Brussels lockdown, many Americans have been reminded of the awful fate of the S.S. Saint Louis. In 1939, fleeing the impending doom of the Holocaust, some 900 Jews boarded the cruise ship in Hamburg, Germany, and crossed the Atlantic.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Feb. 19, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

How Obama cooks the terrorism numbers

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama has given an eloquent testimony to a Christian faith, but his sympathies are always with Islam. He insisted from Asia that “99.9 percent of Muslims worldwide reject terrorism,” and that’s good news, if true. But it clearly is not.

Persecution of Christians by Muslims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No Christians and persecuted minorities allowed

Standing before the cameras in Turkey, President Obama found his safe place to indict half his countrymen for raising the issue of religion in their concern over his plan to open America’s gates to tens of thousands of Muslim “refugees” from Syria. Subjecting refugees to a religious test runs counter to American values, said Mr. Obama.

Black-eye Friday Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Wal-Mart’s protests won’t sell

For most Americans, Black Friday is the time to shop around for great deals on new Christmas gifts. For Big Labor, it’s an opportunity to steal the headlines and advance its agenda.

An Israeli policeman collects evidence next to a body of a Palestinian attacker at a West Bank petrol station near Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man to death before he was shot dead by security forces. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Where terror lurks every day

Think back to October 2002, when the Beltway sniper and his young accomplice paralyzed the Washington region for three weeks, sowing fear and keeping people from pumping gas, buying groceries, holding soccer practices or venturing from their homes. Ponder what just happened in Paris.

Illustration on President Obama, the tortured genius by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

President Obama, a ‘tortured genius’

A U.S. Navy SEAL teammate and friend once described the worst type of leader as a “tortured genius.” By this, he did not mean the artist or musician suffering from inspired hysteria, but someone who, no matter how obvious the failing or how fair and valid the criticism, accepts no blame and denies all responsibility. In the mind of such a leader, the rest of the world simply can’t see the “genius” in what they do.

Confused about the enemy

Since the horrific Paris terror attacks, President Obama and the Democrats want you to think that defending ourselves from Islamic terrorism will only make things worse. Bombing the Islamic State, you see, will make it easier for them to recruit.

Illustration on refugees and the visa waiver program by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Entering the country visa-free

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans are more worried than ever about an attack on the United States. Their concerns are aggravated when they hear Washington debating the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), something most people had never heard of before. But it is critical to the security of our nation. The Visa Waiver Program allows visa-free entry to our country.

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.

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Illustration on demagoguery by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The terrible cost of demagoguery

President Obama's justification for nixing the Keystone XL pipeline was yet another example of Oval Office demagoguery -- a destructive impulse also rampant among those vying to succeed him.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory and the First World War'

"History has a double role: to destroy the illusions of the past and to create out of the debris a more extended, a more rational, a more detached sense of human destiny," the British historian Lady Elizabeth Longford wrote in her biography of the Duke of Wellington.

Fund public transit now

It's time for Congress to get serious about investing in public transit. It's good news that both the House and Senate have passed multi-year transportation bills, but it's not enough simply to move forward with the same transportation strategy we've always had.

U.S. can still fix Iran deal

President Obama may not have any interest in war, but war may have an interest in him, as the old Russian proverb goes. Congress and the next president must correct the dangerous Obama defense policy on ground forces before it does real harm to the U.S. military.

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Submission to tyrants

When the nation's negotiators shake on a deal at the bargaining table, the result ought to be peace and good feeling. But not when one of the parties agreeing to peace in our time is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Once it signed its long-sought nuclear deal with the United States and its global partners, the mullahs went home to search for more rope.

Members of Concerned Student 1950, University of Missouri's Graduate Professional Council, faculty and student supporters gather at Mel Carnahan Quadrangle to rally in support of an ongoing protest to get UM System President Tim Wolfe to resign on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Tensions have been rising throughout the week following MU student Jonathan Butler's decision to hold a hunger strike Monday, Nov. 1. In response to today's protest and the Missouri football athlete strike, President Wolfe did announce his decision to resign. (Matt Hellman/Missourian via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Mob rule on campus

If the campus is an accurate reflection of the rising generation, the nation has frightful prospects. The "kids" are in the streets again, trying to reprise the fun of the '60s, long before they were born, but the decade that formed many of their professors.

Illustration on Obama's plan to issue millions of H visas to illegal aliens by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Work permit palooza

Overreach has defined President Obama. Now determined to accomplish through regulation with a Republican Congress what he failed to do through legislation with a Democratic one, Mr. Obama may soon attempt another overhaul of America's immigration system.

The saga of the Vietnam vet

"Pow" is the sound of a muffler blast from a past-its-prime car. Suddenly, you're face down on the sidewalk, biting gritty cement, with one arm outstretched and the other bent firmly against your side. As you lay on the cold winter concrete reaching for a weapon that doesn't exist, you look up to see two somewhat familiar men in business attire.

A Secret Service police officer stands outside El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

When 'hang 'em' all meets 'free 'em all'

- The Washington Times

Political demands for an end to what activists and the media like to call mass incarceration are all the rage these days, but the bipartisan willingness to look at what works and doesn't work in today's broken criminal justice system that has emerged in recent years is being overtaken or hijacked by ideological hucksters who seem more interested in making political statements than in finding real-world solutions to serious problems.

In this photo taken through a window, Cuban videographers film the U.S. flag from a crane after it was raised at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. The Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy after a half-century of broken diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

An upsurge in misery in Cuba

Barack Obama's attempt to woo Fidel and Raul Castro away from their regime's totalitarian roots has turned from disaster to catastrophe, giving a new and ugly meaning to President Obama's campaign slogan of "hope and change." So far there's been no change and no hope, but more misery.

USPS red ink is Washington's

The U.S. Postal Service is older than the country itself, delivers to 153 million homes and businesses, and consistently ranks as the public's most trusted federal agency. Yet misinformation about it abounds. Some such misinformation unfortunately appeared in Drew Johnson's column of Oct. 29 ("Postal service lies cost us billions," Web).

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the Keystone Pipeline from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The sickening toll of Obamacare

Obamacare was supposed to provide more Americans with more affordable health care. The result would be fewer Americans suffering budget-breaking medical expenses and more Americans living a healthy life.

Congress, fully fund GMD

As North Korea moves toward testing its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, Congress must ensure that our nation is defended by fully funding our defenses against these threats ("U.S. and South Korea formulate plan to deal with North Korea's missiles," Web, Nov. 4).

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Project Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keystone kaput for now

President Obama's unilateral rejection of the proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline that would have brought petroleum and jobs to the United States is another in a long list of issues dominated by politics rather than common sense, economics and science.

Illustration on corrupt charities in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Tis the season for scamming

With Halloween behind us, a deluge of Christmas advertising is already starting to pervade the landscape. And with that is the beginning of another round of year-end fundraising appeals from charities. If you get a letter in the mail or see a tear-jerking ad on TV, make sure your heart doesn't get ahead of your head.

Illustration on the contentious nature of political debate by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

A renewed call for Senate civility

It's billed as "the world's greatest deliberative body." But at a time when public polls routinely place the popularity of federal lawmakers in single digits, it's time to ask: What happened to the U.S. Senate?

Ben Carson. (Associated Press)

Ben Carson learns about his 'place'

- The Washington Times

A black candidate for president learns the hard way that the media culture expects him to know a black man's place, and stay there. That place has to be in the Democratic Party.