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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. President Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The cipher in the White House

- The Washington Times

Perhaps it’s not fair to blame Barack Obama for the mess he’s making. The Middle East is where chaos was invented, after all, and perhaps not even the collection of incompetents and boobs the president has installed in the White House could make things this bad. Maybe it’s someone else’s fault. He blames the Jews.

Illustration on Putin's moves in Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Fast-roping toward war in the Middle East

The Russians are rapidly reinforcing their bridgehead in Syria, adding ground troops to their air, marine and naval forces. It is a classic air, land and sea intervention by a military establishment that understands how combined arms build synergies and broaden capabilities.

Responsible Immigration Laws Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing the agonizing immigration duty

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that no nation can sustain open borders. Even the wealthiest, most popular “nations of immigrants” such as the United States cannot possibly accept everyone who wants to immigrate or even qualifies to do so.

Illustration on Putin's actions in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beware Putin and his ‘anti-Hitler coalition’

Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to “help” monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 — and soon abandoned.

Illustration on the call for a better armed society by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

Ban gun-free zones

Would you put a sign outside your house saying, “Doors unlocked,” or “We’re not home”?

Illustration on developing Romania's tourist industry by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ongoing flux in East-Central Europe

For nearly a century, East-Central Europe has been a perennially unsettled region. Pragmatic deals cut after World War I, with more following World War II, have kept the area in an unending state of flux.

Illustration on Putin's Middle East intentions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘Pravda’ on Russia in Syria

Pravda is the most abused word in the Russian language. Though it means “truth,” we learned it as the name of a Soviet-era, government-controlled newspaper that printed everything except the truth.

Illustration on the impact of Syrian mass migration to Europe by Schrank, The Independent on Sunday, London, England

Paralysis over Syria

There is turbulence in the eurozone and its disquieting genesis lies in the protracted Syrian civil war, some 750 miles to the east.

Illustration on the position of the D.C. Metropolitan police under Chief Lanier by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Integrity versus loyalty

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier is often portrayed by an admiring media as an almost uniquely popular and effective law enforcement leader, who has made the District safer than ever by putting together one of the most effective big city police departments in the country.

Illustration on FDIC targeting of the payday loan industry by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When bureaucrats rule personal preference

Ours is a nation of laws, not men. Our Constitution requires the concurrence of majorities in both houses of Congress and the signature of the president in order to create those laws.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pauses as he speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Exit Scott Walker

Six months ago no one would have bet that Rick Perry of Texas or Scott Walker of Wisconsin would have been the first to step off the Republican presidential merry-go-'round. Both looked like authentic contenders.

Climate change cash grab

Modern climate alarmism was launched with the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report featuring the now-infamous "hockey stick" graph. This showed that global temperature was flat for 1,000 years and then soared skyward from about the year 1900 on. Unfortunately, there is no way to say this politely: The graph was based on lies.

This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

An abiding suspicion of government

Americans have always been skeptical of their federal government. It's in the republic's DNA. The founding fathers even wrote the Second Amendment into the Constitution, just in case. But skepticism in our time has become something close to contempt. The Gallup Poll finds that almost half the country says the United States government is "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans."

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush chat during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Why Republicans must change

Presidential campaigns are supposed to be about America, or at least what voters want — not Donald Trump's and Ben Carson's clumsy statements and political correctness.

Illustration on compliance with IG orders to government departments for access to all documents by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why lawmakers rely on inspectors general

Americans have a right to know when our government is failing to function properly or is stepping out of line. Members of Congress, who represent the American public, are collectively tasked with the important responsibility of oversight to ensure the government is accountable to the people it serves.

Illustration on DOJ policy protection of child abuse by Afghan "allies" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fighting sexual abuse in Afghanistan

There is a deep and growing malignancy under the supervision of the U.S. military, one that threatens our nation's moral authority and perhaps our very souls. Our commander in chief must take steps to address it or it will destroy our ability to win the war on terror. Every woman in this country should be calling on President Obama to immediately deal with the evil being allowed to flourish under our supervision in Afghanistan.

Illustration on the reasons to defend Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Republican presidential candidates support Israel

So last week during the Republican debate, hundreds of thousands of people read your tweets lambasting four of the candidates -- Gov. Chris Christie, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz -- for expressing their strong support for Israel.

Illustration on raising royalty rate on streaming music by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How the power to set prices is power to destroy

Daniel Webster noted that, "The power to tax is the power to destroy." It is a prudent warning that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) at the Library of Congress should remember as it is furiously lobbied and pressured by the recording industry to raise the royalty rates streaming companies like Pandora must pay to play music online.

Illustration on ISIS slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Chopping up Christians in the Middle East

There were two significant developments this month: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska Republican and Anna G. Eshoo, California Democrat, introduced a Congressional resolution denouncing as genocide the crimes committed by jihadists against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq.

In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Only 30% of Republicans want Pope Francis to speak out on social and economic policy

- The Washington Times

Should Pope Francis voice his opinions on policy? The answer depends on who you're talking to. Half of Americans would like to hear Pope Francis speak about social and economic conditions and policy rather than focus entirely on matters of faith and religion during his visit to the U.S. There is a sizable partisan divide, however: 30 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree - along with 31 percent of conservatives and 69 percent of liberals.

Animals are treated better

Seventy-plus years ago, the Nazis performed horrible experiments on newborn babies under the guise of 'medical advancement.' The entire world was revolted by the actions of these monsters and we held accountable the people responsible.

Refugee crisis Putin's opportunity

The current influx of "refugees" streaming into Europe is surely tragic, although whether these individuals are fleeing the war in Syria or the economic situations in many Middle Eastern countries is debatable. In fact, German officials now acknowledge they can not verify where many, if not most, of these people have come from.

The U.S. Navy warship USS John McCain, an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, is docked at the Subic Freeport to take part in the joint US-Philippines naval exercise  called Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) at the former US naval base of Subic, about 70 miles west of Manila, Philippines Thursday, June 26, 2014. After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaida-linked militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as the Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday. The move reflects shifting security strategies and focus in economically vibrant Asia, where new concerns such as multiple territorial conflicts involving China have alarmed Washington's allies entangled in the disputes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

A test for the Navy

The U.S. Navy is unique. Now that Britain's Royal Navy, which for centuries enabled Britannia to rule the waves, has declined along with the rest of the empire, America's ships dominate the waves simply because no one can compete in every ocean sea across the globe.

Illustration on political correctness and moral confusion by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When political correctness stands in for morality

This week's visit by Pope Francis comes just in time. He is an apostolic missionary courageously reaching out to a once-religious country that now ruthlessly kills its unborn, mercilessly harvesting and selling their body parts. It is somehow fitting that our local witch doctors helpfully enshrine political correctness as a convenient substitute for morality.

Holy orders: Pope Francis looks out from the Hill of the Cross in Holguin, Cuba, Monday as he entreated the island nation to adapt some of its more conservative views. Francis faces some backlash from U.S. Catholics for his more liberal views on such issues as same-sex unions and climate change. Story A8. (Associated Press)

The naive intentions of Pope Francis

Pope Francis arrives Tuesday to a hearty welcome in the United States, fresh from a triumphant visit to Cuba, where the Castro brothers not only put out a red carpet for him but put on a show of how to suppress dissent. Catholic dissidents to the Castro rule were knocked about by "state security" when they showed up for the mass the pope no doubt intended for all.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Confederate Saboteurs: Building the Hunley and Other Secret Weapons of the Civil War'

During the frantic last days of the Confederacy, officials involved in intelligence hastily burned records pertaining to Civil War secret service operations, honoring the age-old espionage tenet about the necessity of protecting covert agents. The destruction took on greater urgency when suspicions (unfounded) pointed to a Confederate intelligence role in the murder of President Lincoln.

FILE- In a June 17, 2014 file photo, protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. The minimum wage goes up Jan. 1 in several states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

A Hail Mary for wage growth

As Pope Francis makes his way to adoring crowds this week, I'm reminded of a late-1970s character from "Saturday Night Live," Father Guido Sarducci. Played by Don Novello, Sarducci was known as the rock critic for the Vatican newspaper.