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A workable alternative to synthetic soldiers

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The Obama administration’s big idea, proudly disclosed Thursday that “transgender individuals” — not to be confused with “men” and “women” — can now serve openly in the U.S. military services. This ends one of the last bans on service in the nation’s armed forces and opens a new chapter of men at arms. HMS Pinafore goes to war.

Trained Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What America can learn from Israel

Donald Trump, backtracking on an earlier statement about how guns in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando might have saved lives, said a club security guard ready with a pistol would’ve been “a beautiful thing.”

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will gather with friends such as Sarah Palin and foes such as Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska this weekend at the Western Conservative Summit, a rehearsal of sorts for the party's national convention. (Associated Press)

No Trump trade retreat

Donald Trump is peddling a long-held, left-wing, labor union trade policy that will hike consumer prices, kill jobs and further weaken our economy.

Illustration on Iran's empty condemnation of terrorism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Iran’s empty condemnation of terrorism

About two days after an Orlando gunman carried out the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the Iranian foreign ministry issued a statement purporting to decry the incident. Speaking via the state-run IRNA, a spokesperson said the Iranian regime “condemns” the attack “based on its principled policy of condemning terrorism and its strong will to seriously confront this evil phenomenon.”

Illustration on prospects for the post-EU British economy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Britain’s economy, post-Brexit

This is no time to sell the United Kingdom short. Its economic and political institutions remain among the strongest in the world and should afford it considerable opportunity to negotiate new arrangements with the European Union.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, left, welcomes the Albanian national soccer squad arriving in Tirana after failing to qualify to the next round at the EURO 2016 European Championship, Thursday, June 23, 2016.(AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

An albatross in Albania?

In what is increasingly reminiscent of a John Le Carre novel, it seems that with each passing month there is a new chapter in a seemingly unending series of revelations of political intrigue and drama that are overwhelming the Republic of Albania.

Illustration on the Brexit outcome's effects on uncontrolled migration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rule Britannia

Whether you think the United Kingdom exiting the European Union is cause for alarm or celebration, you have to concede this: Britons engaged in an open, lively and mostly peaceful debate, they turned out in droves, they cast their votes freely and fairly and, by so doing, expressed their will and determined their future. That’s called democracy. Is there a preferable alternative?

Term Limits for Congress Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The common sense of term limits

As our first president, George Washington knew that everything he did set a pattern for those who would follow. He served two terms in office, then stepped down. He declined all efforts to get him to stay.

Illustration on a proposal to create boards of directors to oversee Executive branch departments by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A remedy for overregulation

If the 2016 presidential election has proved anything so far, it’s that millions of Americans know something is seriously wrong in Washington and they want it fixed. They’re right.

Jihad Magazines Collage by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The original jihadists

They wave a menacing black banner, behead American hostages in slickly produced videos, entice hardened jihadis and thrill-seeking wannabes alike to their ranks, bust a border to establish a state and claim provinces from West Africa to Southeast Asia.

Illustration on Joyful Noise's fundraising for the Sanders campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Joyful Noise unites ‘citizens for Sanders’

Throughout this year’s presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders made support for tougher campaign finance laws a cornerstone of his (now presumably concluding) campaign. His website railed against the “political campaign finance system” as “corrupt,” and “the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision” as “hing[ing] on the absurd notion that money is speech, [and] corporations are people.”

Illustration on the need to identify radical Islamic's impact on homosexuality by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama’s duty after Orlando

Americans witnessed evil once again as a radical Islamic gunman — who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State’s caliph — recently killed or wounded 102 people while they were enjoying “Latin Night” in a popular gay night club in Orlando. It was the deadliest attack on the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) community in American history.

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Illustration on Obama's ineffectiveness opposing radical Islamic terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Obama's failed leadership is literally killing us

- The Washington Times

The most recent Islamic act of war, in which self-professed Islamic State jihadi Omar Mir Seddique Mateen slaughtered 49 people and injured scores of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., should be a game changer. The deadliest attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, should finally convince our leadership that dealing with the Islamic threat must no longer be business as usual.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Before the Fall'

This is the story of what happens before a private plane full of rich passengers plunges out of the sky into the ocean. It sounds like a basic air disaster but it isn't. It is stunningly simple and stunningly clever.

Dangerous Travel to Brazil Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Stopping the spread of Zika

Avoid all nonessential travel to countries with endemic Zika. That was the key message from scientific experts at a hearing the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held on May 25.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shares a laugh with retired Adm. James Barnett, right, during a panel discussion on national security, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Endorsing lawlessness

Surprise, surprise: President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. He wants someone to follow him who will protect his disastrous legacy. He couldn't have made a better choice.

Funding our own demise?

Our country has become a host for parasites from all over the world. They come here and feed off our social support network; more than 68 percent of those from Muslim countries in violent conflict are on cash welfare. Many others are recipients of EBT food cards, housing support and public education, and have neither marketable skills nor an interest in becoming Americans.

Protestors call for a $15-an-hour minimum wage as McDonald's shareholders meet at the company's corporate headquarters, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Oak Brook, Ill.  (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune via AP)

The $15 menu

The "dollar menu" at McDonald's has vanished, but there's a new $15 menu. It's called the government-mandated minimum wage. In a sagging economy, overpaid and underseasoned McJobs are attracting the best and the brightest straight out of the likes of Harvard, Yale and Stanford.

Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman listens in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, during a meeting between Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and President Barack Obama, in this May 13, 2015, file photo. Saudi Arabia said Tuesday, Dec. 15, that 34 nations have agreed to form a new "Islamic military alliance" to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Revolution in the desert

Forever is a long time, but it doesn't last forever, not even in the Middle East. The Saudis are taking the first baby stops to overhaul their notoriously autocratic regime.

Trump the anti-Obama

Donald Trump is catching flak from liberal media types because he recently had the audacity to question President Obama's handling of the Orlando massacre. Mr. Obama still refuses to label that heinous act radical Islamic terrorism.

FBI agents return to the scene of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, June 14, 2016.   (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

FBI under the gun

The Orlando massacre by a homegrown American Muslim who wanted to die a martyr for al Qaeda raises a host of deeply disturbing questions about keeping America safe.

50 origami birds made by Samantha Brouwer and Gabrielle Grace sit around a rainbow flag during a vigil honoring the Orlando shooting victims hosted by the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Monday, June 13, 2016. A gunman has killed dozens of people in a massacre at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Preventing another Orlando

The Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, and now Orlando -- it goes on and on, as Donald Trump might say. And it is going to continue to get worse, as Mr. Trump already has said. He is the most prescient campaigner in this race for the presidency.

Illustration on the BDS movement by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Terrorism and economic warfare

Tel Aviv's Sarona Market bills itself as the "heartbeat of Israeli culinary art." Dozens of small restaurants and shops offer cheese, wine, bread, fish, olives, pasta, burgers -- pretty much anything you can imagine and quite a bit that you probably cannot.

Illustration on U.S./Russian cooperation in containing China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A revitalized U.S.-Russian relationship

Washington seems newly determined to contain China in Asia, but its recent policies -- displays of military might in the South China Sea and overtures to Hanoi -- clearly underscore its tougher stance.

Trump Economy Would Beat Hillary's Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's superior plans on the economy

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offer Americans a clear choice on the economy. On international trade, taxes and business regulation, he advocates radically different strategies to fire up growth, whereas she would build on President Obama's agenda.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment'

As a military historian, Patrick O'Donnell has a passion for walking through battlefields. In 2010, he found himself in a scruffy area of Brooklyn -- auto repair shops, warehouses and the like -- that was the site of one of the first engagements of the Revolutionary summer of 1776.