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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 puzzling national defense illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Re-establishing a consensus on national defense

From al Qaeda to the Islamic State, we have learned to kill enemy leaders but not much else about basic issues of war and peace. Just last week, the media diverted attention from the scandals of Our Lady of Perpetual Ambition Hillary Rodham Clinton by asking Jeb Bush some really hard questions. Would he have done the Iraq War the same way as his brother -- or at all?

Illustration on the damage done by cutting education programs by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Giving kids a chance to succeed

It's hard to say which is more galling: when politicians want to extend the life of a program that doesn't work, or when they want to pull the plug on one that does.

Illustration on lost ethical traditions in journalism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Who is a journalist?

My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied, "Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service."

Nepalese army men search for the missing U.S. Marine helicopter in the earthquake affected Dolakha District, Nepal, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers disappeared Tuesday while delivering aid in the country's northeast, U.S. officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

'We stand with Nepal'

In an age of celebrity worship, when the public drapes the mantle of heroism on rock stars, film goddesses and the giants of sport who haven't done anything to earn it, it's easily forgotten that true heroes are those who risk all, including their very lives, for the sake of others. American servicemen and women fit that description, stepping fearlessly into the shadow of the valley of death.

A win in Syria -- despite Obama

The recent Army Delta Force operation in the Syrian border town of al-Amir that killed Abu Sayyaf, a leader in financial and military operations for the Islamic State, was a success ("U.S. commandos enter Syria, kill Islamic State commander in charge of oil fields," Web, May 16). It has been praised by Democrats as an example of President Obama's leadership and decision-making, but in fact it better defines the capabilities of our military leaders to get things done when not limited by Mr. Obama's lengthy deliberations and bad advice.

George Stephanopoulos during an ABC broadcast. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman, File)

The Stephanopoulos example

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News illustrates the reason why so many Americans don't any longer trust what they read and hear from press and tube. In an earlier time he would have known better than to contribute money, and a substantial sum of it, to those he pretends to cover. "Fair and balanced" was more than a clever marketing slogan.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $555K -The National Mall with the Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument are seen from the roof of the U.S. Capitol Building, on a brisk fall day in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A 'pivot' toward Asian Americans

Presidential contenders of both parties are advised to should are advised to take note: The Asian American community is the nation's fastest-growing demographic group, with China and India superseding Mexico as the countries of origin for recent immigrants, and members of this "model minority" are gradually overtaking their fellow Americans in education and income.

Jimmy Stewart in the 1939 political movie by Frank Capra,  "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (Image from Columbia Pictures, Inc)

82% of voters say ordinary citizens should run for office, not lawyers and professional politicians

- The Washington Times

Mr. Ordinary goes to Washington? Americans still dream that some sensible, honest patriot will surface in the heartland, then run for office and rescue the nation. The numbers: 82 percent of U.S. voters say the nation needs to recruit more "ordinary citizens to run for office rather than professional politicians and lawyers" -- this according to a new Fox News poll. That includes 84 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of independents and 76 percent of Democrats.

A wrong way to fix failing schools

Last week at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention organized by the Department of Education, the Department of Justice and other various federal agencies, Secretary of Education Secretary Arne Duncan did what leftist bureaucrats have done throughout history: announce the dream of supplanting parents with the state by taking control of children "24/7."

In this aerial photo taken May 13, 2015, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. Amtrak faces what probably will be a $200 million payout to crash victims _ the cap established by Congress nearly 20 years ago as part of a compromise to rescue the railroad from financial ruin. It would be the first time that the liability ceiling, considered by many to be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and 200 people injured, designed for Amtrak actually would apply to the railroad.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

All aboard for more arguments

Before the wreckage of the fatal crash in Philadelphia was cleared, the politicians in Washington began to fight over the damaged carcass of Amtrak, the troubled national passenger railroad.

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2014 file photo shows George Stephanopoulos at the 24th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Stephanopoulos has apologized for not notifying his employer and viewers about two contributions totaling $50,000 that he made to the Clinton Foundation. ABC's news division said Thursday, May 15, 2015, that "we stand behind him." The donations, made in two installments in 2013 and 2014 and first reported in Politico, were made because of Stephanopoulos' interest in the foundation's work on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, he said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The $75,000 question

Contrary to what they sometimes think of themselves, neither journalists nor intelligence agents are 10 feet tall. They're usually intelligent, well spoken and often have sharp skills at what they do. But not always. Sometimes the best of them blunder at what they do best. Two examples are currently contributing to the buzz of the chattering class.

This image made from video provided by NASA shows part of the International Space Station with the Earth in the background on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/NASA)

A new Little Ice Age?

President Obama continues to prophesy "dangerous" global warming, due to fossil fuels. Computer modelers conjure up crisis scenarios based on their assumption that carbon dioxide drives climate change.

Better funding for D.C. traditional schools illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How D.C. shortchanges public charter school students

As a parent, I believe in the original rallying cry for public charter schools in the District of Columbia -- "parental choice." Charters are publicly funded, but run independently of the traditional public school system; they were intended to extend choice to every parent regardless of income because, like the school system, charters are tuition-free public schools. But despite the government's responsibility to fund the education of all its public school students fairly, the choices and voices of the 45 percent of parents who have selected charters in the District are being disrespected.

Illustration on the need to effectively broadcast American values to the world by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rediscovering America's voice

Ideas matter. They matter so much that they cause seismic shifts in history. Extremist ideas foster revolutionary fanatics so beholden to ideology that attempting to contain them can be like placing a Band-Aid on an open wound. Sept. 11 upended previous notions of deterrence; you can't simply deter someone who intentionally dies for a cause. You also have to counter the ideology that leads him to devalue his own life and the lives of innocent others.

Illustration on the mythological impact of federal assistance on poverty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama's poverty mythology

Our class warrior in chief was at it again this week complaining about our "ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress" in solving problems like poverty. Just when you thought you'd heard it all. Our most ideological president perhaps ever is arguing that there is too much ideology in Washington. Wow. Apparently, an ideology is a firmly held belief that is held by other people -- especially those on the right.

Justice is blind

I have followed China's brutal one-child policy from its inception in 1979. Living in China at the time, I saw how poor village women were being arrested, detained and tortured -- forced to undergo sterilizations and even abortions -- all in the name of controlling population growth. I left China with their cries for help ringing in my ears.

Discomfort not same as hatred

Isn't life uncanny? A report by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looking into the topic of "microaggressions" found that the simple task of "walking into or sitting in" a room full of white people can be "problematic for minorities" ("Rooms filled with white people cause 'microaggressions' for minorities: study," Web, May 13).

Justice Department destroys state sovereignty illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An appeal on behalf of Robert F. McDonnell

The federal government should not put a person in prison for doing something that even trained lawyers do not know is illegal. Yet that is precisely what the Department of Justice is trying to do by prosecuting former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell. In order to prosecute McDonnell for his admittedly poor judgment, the Justice Department invented an unprecedented construction of the vague federal corruption laws that would -- if applied consistently -- mean that every politician who trades his time for meals, campaign contributions or complimentary travel is also a felon.