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Illustration on clueless, know-nothing spinning events in the Obama administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

27-year-old know-nothings

Many think as a society we have slipped past the line defining our ability to discern reality from political spin. On the other hand, we are generations of conditioned consumers who have been subjected to the most sophisticated ad campaigns ever imagined. In short, if there is or has ever been a way to sell something, we have heard or seen it. Published November 29, 2016

Illustration on potential Obama pardons by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Who will Obama pardon?

Looking beyond the upcoming election to the last few days of Barack Obama's legal status as a president, it's interesting to speculate who he might pardon from their past criminal behaviors, whether indicted, convicted, incarcerated or released, or whether they are just under investigation. Published November 1, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Bless their Cold War hearts

The Details: What exactly is "neoconservatism" and where did it come from? Published September 21, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's corrupt background by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The lie that is Hillary

Many of us remember the classic line from the "Seinfeld" show, that "it's not a lie if you believe it." Applying that theme to the evolution of Hillary Rodham, then Hillary Rodham Clinton, and now just plain Hillary Clinton, here are the notable accomplishments of her "public service" career: Published June 19, 2016

Trump and GOP Support Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's leverage

Donald Trump is our latest counterculture political hero who has captured the attention of millions of frustrated American voters -- both Democrat and Republican -- with his sharp criticism of the self-perpetuating and often incompetent Washington political establishment. Published June 6, 2016

Illustration contrasting the European and American approaches to air travel security by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lessons in the wake of EgyptAir

Thousands of missed flights. Mile-long waiting lines at airports. Then just when Americans are ready to scream over passenger screening delays, another aircraft goes down in the Middle East, hammering home the difficulty of balancing airline accessibility with security. Published May 22, 2016

Apple Phone Encryption Debate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More than balancing privacy and security

While now mooted because the FBI has broken the code, the media has been all over the legal struggles between the FBI and Apple -- this as the FBI sought to require Apple to go behind the access code of the iPhone used by the Sacramento ISIS inspired terrorists. Published March 30, 2016

Changes in Policy and People Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Forecasting national security scenarios

The theme here is that the 2016 presidential election will likely cause a swing back to the center for American politics -- and this will be true (with one exception) no matter who wins. However, for national security issues and budgets, there could be sizable and significant differences between the candidates. Here are some of the various factors at work: Published February 22, 2016

Illustration on members of congress caught up in security surveillance operations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When spying produces the 'Viagra effect'

Every few years it's revealed that members of Congress may have gotten caught up in intelligence surveillance or an operation of some kind -- usually owing to their contacts with foreign leaders or their representatives. It's reported now that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is going to look into the matter. Published January 26, 2016

Mideast Chess Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Nuclear scenarios in the Middle East

Many of us "cold warriors" hope that someone, somewhere in our government is thinking or worrying about how a nuclear exchange could or would likely happen in the Middle East and what we would or could do in such an event. Published January 14, 2016

Illustration on a proposed reform of Islam by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Needed: A Muslim reform conclave

It's long past time for Islamic leaders of the world to meet and agree to isolate and condemn their religion's most radical elements: Today, those groups would include the Islamic State (or ISIS), and other groups professing to follow the Koran by killing those who do not share their interpretations of Muslim teachings and practices. Published January 6, 2016

No more Clinton, no more Bush

When national security was the main concern of voters in past presidential elections, Republicans had a leg up. This was mostly due to the perceived and historical expertise Republicans had with national security matters, especially during the Cold War. Ronald Reagan was perhaps the best example -- he brought an end to the Cold War while causing the Soviet Union to implode. Published January 4, 2016

Illustration on Obama and Hillary's legacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A winning slogan for Donald Trump

When national security was the main concern of voters in past presidential elections, Republicans had a leg up. This was mostly because of the perceived and historical expertise Republicans had with national security matters, especially during the Cold War. Published December 29, 2015

Foreign Policy Triple Whammy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Explaining Donald Trump

Many Americans believe our entire government is dysfunctional and can't — or won't — correct itself. While this may be true, the thesis here is that "we are where we are" mainly because of specific national security leadership failures going back more than 20 years — through both Democratic and Republican administrations. Published December 20, 2015

Illustration on our national security intelligence deficiencies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unknown terror threats

"No known terror threats." This could have been said a minute before the mass shootings in California. When we hear these same kind of words from our senior officials -- most recently in the context of the Thanksgiving holiday and the president's recent Oval Office address -- we really should be alarmed at the literal meaning of them. Published December 8, 2015

Illustration on responses to Russia's renewed belligerence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Parrying Putin's new Cold War

No matter who is elected president in 2016, if we hope to get though the next decade in one piece we must make fundamental changes in our national security programs, policies and practices. Published October 20, 2015

illustration on Chinese cyber-espionage by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A new version of an old spy game

According to a recent report, "Chinese hackers are using information gained from the breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as intrusions into the Anthem and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health insurance networks, to build a complete profile of federal employees." Published September 21, 2015

Illustration on Hillary's emails by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's rookie errors with classified information

When I write an op-ed -- including this one -- I am required to submit a draft to the CIA's Pre-publication Review Board and also the security officer at the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Published August 27, 2015