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Law Enforcement at the Border Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Immigration reform must start with border enforcement

As a veteran border patrol officer, I can say without any reservations that our immigration system is completely dysfunctional. Immigrants permitted to come to the United States have a cumbersome and expensive time doing so. Those who aren’t permitted to enter waltz across the border by the tens of thousands, and those not allowed to remain here elude deportations, even after committing serious crimes against our citizens.

Palestinian Hamas supporters hold up their hands while chanting Islamic slogans as masked members from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, march with their weapons on vehicles during a rally a long the street of Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The next round of Hamas vs. Israel

Words can bewitch. Soon, the seemingly benign phrase “cycle of violence,” will be applied once again to the Hamas-Israel conflict. The linguistic effect of this application will be to equate terrorism and counterterrorism, further blurring the always-essential distinction between international crime and international law enforcement.

Elmar Abdullayev, 55, stands at a gates of his home hit by shelling in a village of Gapinli, in Terter region of Azerbaijan on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Azerbaijan and separatist forces in Nagorno-Karabakhk on Tuesday agreed on a cease-fire starting noon local time following three days of the heaviest fighting in the disputed region since 1994, the Azeri defense ministry announced. Gapanli, a village south of Terter, has been one of the hardest hit. Houses bear the marks of the recent shelling; metal doors are riddled with shrapnel, power lines are cut down, craters are seen in the yards. (AP Photo/ Hicran Babayev)

An ‘unfrozen’ conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Recently, one of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy functionaries made another outrageous statement on the status of the Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Evgeniy Satanovsky, the head of Russian Institute of the Near East, visited the separatist region (in contravention of international law) in mid-June and declared: “As I understand it, the issue that Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, in terms of military logic and from the standpoint of practical politics is completely closed.”

Safety of Chromium-6 Levels in North Carolina Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Exaggerating chromium risks

Constant claims, counterclaims and accusations about coal ash contaminating surface and underground water are making North Carolinians feel like they’re watching a fast-paced tennis match. Even people with chemistry degrees must feel bewildered by assertions that parts per million or billion of chromium-6 may cause cancer.

Growing the Movement with Hate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Black Lives Matter’s hypocritical anti-Semitism

In its new platform, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has, despite the total lack of relevance to its own agenda or interests, thrown whatever heft it has behind the anti-Semitic movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In doing so, it is inarguably contributing to the campaign to “other” the world’s only Jewish state and, with it, the Jews themselves.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (Associated Press)

Virginia’s McAuliffe is for losers

All the fuss about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe trying to restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences is just fuss, nothing more. To be sure, it appears at first glance that the chief executive of the Old Dominion is really concerned about civil rights for the downtrodden.

Terrorists Present in the U.S. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No plan to stop foreign-born terrorists

For decades, foreign-born Islamic terrorists have been exploiting our immigration system. Almost every type of immigration has been exploited by terrorists, from temporary legal immigration to illegal immigration to humanitarian immigration.

Overheated concern about July’s warmth

Mainstream media report that July was the “hottest” month since 1880 (or as CNN wrongly reported, “ever”). And future Julys will only become hotter.

Gravesite of Main Stream Media Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The legacy media meltdown over Donald Trump

The meltdown of the American legacy media is now complete. Conservatives are sadly aware of the decline of The New York Times, the supposed “newspaper of record,” as the benchmark for legacy media in general.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

For sale, the most brazen president money can buy

- The Washington Times

It’s coming clear now why Hillary Clinton wanted her own email server, free from oversight by anyone, and why she resisted so ferociously enabling anyone from getting even a hint to what she was hiding. Her presidency, if there is one, has been sold, and a new batch of emails pried out of the government by Judicial Watch reveals the going rate for Hillary.

Gen. Jack Vessey Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A soldier’s soldier

Until he died last week at 94, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. was a living memorial to an earlier America — where God and country were not seen as contradictions, where faith formed the bedrock of personal and national character.

Defining alcohol consumption down

With summer vacation drawing to a close, many parents are eager to pop a bottle of bubbly in celebration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. **File (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Imperial dreams

Historically, the West has faced an existential threat from both the Persian and Russian empires. The Persian Empire was fueled by the expansionist dreams of Darius and Xerxes, foiled only by the heroism of the Greeks, led by men like Themistocles.

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Illustration on identity politics and American cultural/political division by Linas GArsys/The Washington Times

When identity politics trump everything

Identity politics, which threatens to suffocate the body politic as the nation stumbles toward an election, takes a slice of a person's background, magnifies it as a perception of personality as if it lends significance to the whole person. Hyphenating Americans didn't start with blacks; there's an ancient tradition of Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and Anglo-Americans and others separated by that persistent hyphen.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

A new top cop for New York City

A policeman's lot, as Gilbert and Sullivan reminded us, is not a happy one, and the lot of New York City may not be a happy one, either, in the wake of the departure of William Bratton as the police commissioner.

Stand up to Putin

Russia's full-scale war on NATO's eastern front is of major relevance to America and both its major political parties. Russia has killed more than 8,000 Ukrainians, seized Crimea, Donbas, part of Georgia and more. The mainstream media and some Americans are ignoring Vladimir Putin's war on NATO's eastern front, and this is hard to excuse.

Milk undeserving of ship honor

Whenever I wonder what else can the Obama administration do to shock the senses, it does not fail me. As I read in Monday's Washington Times, a new low has been reached: A Navy ship is being named for polarizing gay-rights icon Harvey Milk ("Ray Mabus bypasses war heroes, names Navy ship for gay rights icon Harvey Milk," Web, Aug. 7).

Illustration on CAIR's behavior and background by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAIR's cries of 'Islamophobia'

A vast "Islamophobia network" is busy marginalizing Muslim Americans. At least that's what the Council on American Islamic Relations wants you to believe.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Crown Arena, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Anyone for real talk about real issues?

For one brief moment this week it looked possible, if not exactly probable, that the presidential campaign of 2016 might focus on real issues of actual concern to Americans, after all. Donald Trump delivered a speech outlining an economic plan he says would get the millions of Americans left behind in recent years back to work, lighten the tax burden on the middle class with Reagan-like tax cuts and double the annual GDP growth rate.

In this Sept. 22, 2009, file photo, members of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division fall in for a re-deployment ceremony upon return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Improving infantry survival

Just as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump enter the home stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. Air Force is expected to proudly announce, after nearly 15 years of trying, that their new super fighter jet, the F-35 is certified for active service.

Illustration on unfrozen assets and restitution to Iran's victims by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What does America owe Iran?

An unmarked cargo plane filled with $400 million in cash lands in Tehran. Four American hostages held by Iran's rulers are set free. These revelations have sparked two controversies.

Illustration on the first death attributable to Hillary Clinton's unsecured server by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The first casualty of Hillary Clinton's server

Exactly how damaging the classified information is that was discovered on Hillary Clinton's server became clear this weekend when the Iranian government executed an alleged spy. He had been mentioned in at least one email from an aide to Hillary, which called him "our friend."

Illustration on the need for details in Trump's economic proposals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's economic prescription

Donald Trump said much in his recent speech at the Detroit Economic Club to inspire confidence that he can resurrect the American economy and lead a great nation.

Illustration on service dogs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The invisible wounds of war

On National Purple Heart Day, observed on Aug. 7, the nation paused to honor the decorated men and women wounded in combat while serving our country. But as we reflect on these noble sacrifices, Americans should remember to also recognize the veterans grappling with the invisible wounds of war who are ineligible for the Purple Heart and often overlooked or forgotten.

Illustration on the real connection between Guantanamo Bay and the increase of terrorism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Guantanamo's real boost to terror recruitment

A former Guantanamo detainee now going by the name Abu Mugheera al-Britani wrote in a new issue of English-language al Qaeda magazine Al-Risalah that he was now "sitting in the blessed land" of Syria, "reflecting on those weeks and days spent behind bars."