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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Clapper’s off-target intelligence strategy

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has just released a new National Intelligence Strategy, the first in five years. It’s a highly unsatisfying read for two reasons.

Illustration on the failures of tne war on poverty by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

The War on Poverty: 50 years of failure

In January 1964, President Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Since then, the taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s war.

Illustration on the need for ground troops by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The error of relying on air power

It is the 21st-century version of the classic question once posed by The Eagles. So who you gonna’ believe: President Obama or your lyin’ eyes?

Illustration on U.S. China relations by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Russia and China, masters of mischief

The international security meeting in Paris on Monday showcased a world in fear of the growing threat that the Islamic State poses to the global order.

A large American Flag is unfurled on the Pentagon a day before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Arlington, Va., Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

CROCKER: What Patton would think of America 2014

If you took a doughboy of the Great War – say, Gen. George S. Patton – and dropped him in America today, what would he think of the country he fought to defend?

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USDA Hunger Data Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The 'food insecurity' hoax

According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, American households suffer far more "food insecurity" than do families in Angola, Mozambique and Pakistan.

Welcome, Kurdistan

Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past.

Timeless

BOOK REVIEW: 'Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me'

Although Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks was born long before the term "too much information" became a cliche, this autobiographical hurtle through her life and marriage shows her to be a veritable personification of the phenomenon.

A pre-K classroom is pictured at the new Plaza Towers elementary school, complete with a separate bathroom, in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, killing seven students. The four rooms in this quad and the hallway are a FEMA-approved safe area. The old Plaza Towers did not have a safe room. The new rooms can be used as safe rooms for severe weather or other lockdown situtaitons. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The cost to educate young illegal immigrants over $761 million - a bill for all 50 states

- The Washington Times

The complexities of illegal immigration continue. One new estimate places the annual cost for state governments to educate unaccompanied minor immigrants at $761,405,907 a year, this according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a non-profit interest group which based its findings on federal data. Tax-payer funded classes conducted in Spanish or indigenous languages, plus free school meals contribute to the cost.

Wary Americans: Only 22 percent say the economy is going to improve

- The Washington Times

Yes, about that U.S. economy: Wary Americans remain in a defensive posture when it comes to their pocketbooks, and for good reason. A majority still have some serious financial issues, with only 22 percent feeling confident that the economy will improve - with Democrats more hopeful than their Republican counterparts.

Illustration on Russia's incursion into Ukraine by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Russia's costly Ukrainian conquest

A cease-fire is now in effect between the Ukrainian government and the Russian-directed separatist movement occupying parts of two Ukrainian provinces and Crimea. Few expect it to last because neither side is ready to live with the status quo.

In this Sept. 6, 2014 image released by NBC, Chuck Todd, left, speaks with President Barack Obama prior to an interview for "Meet the Press" at the White House in Washington. Todd debuted as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," Sunday, Sept. 7, bringing a low-key style and surrounding himself with fellow pundits as NBC turns to him to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings. (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)

When presidential boredom is not an option

- The Washington Times

President Obama's hair, like the locks of most of the presidents in their second terms, has turned white. He says he doesn't get enough sleep, but he's nevertheless energized, not exhausted. Bored is more like it.

Illustration on the continuing burdens of Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obamacare repairs that never end

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) places the responsibility for the cost overruns with the Obama administration.

Illustration on Obama's "anti-Bushism" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama the anti-Bush

It may come as a surprise to President Obama, but he has actually proved that when it comes to foreign policy and the war on terrorism, President George W. Bush and America have been right all along.