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Remembering why Donald Trump was elected

If you're one of the 63 million who voted for President Trump, you agonize as you watch the evening news -- because you know it's going to be mostly negative coverage and commentary. Published August 30, 2017

Russia probe may see indictments by Mueller

The grand jury is the prosecutor's best friend: If he wants to get rid of a weak, unpopular or politically incorrect situation, he does a "slow roll" to the grand jury and then says, "Well, the grand jury refused to indict," and shrugs his shoulders. The case -- and whatever controversies are associated with it -- simply goes away and the prosecutor washes his hands of it. Published August 9, 2017

Illustration on Trump's direct communication with the American people through his Twitter messages by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

President Trump's tweets

I admit, I'm a real fan of President Trump's tweets. It's an uncensored, uninhibited and direct way for him to react and communicate "his take" on daily events. Even though his lawyers may cringe and wish he wouldn't tweet, it has changed -- forever -- the "natural order of things" in Washington D.C., a city forever in love with itself. Published July 17, 2017

Illustration on locking down North Korea's nuclear weapons threat by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A nuclear trip wire for North Korea

Now that North Korea has a bunch of nukes and is testing ways to deliver them by ballistic missile, we need to address the stark realities of what this new threat really means for us. Published June 28, 2017

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

How 'showboater' Comey screwed up

What gets James Comey in trouble is that he leaked official memos that were most probably classified. He should have turned them over to the FBI or somewhere else in the Justice Department and then simply kept his mouth shut. And if he didn't trust anybody at the department, he should have sent the memos on to the congressional intelligence committees (and thereby been protected as a whistleblower). Published June 14, 2017

Illustration on the undermining of the Trump administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Loyalty matters

Donald Trump won the presidency because of a key sector of votes in traditionally Democratic states -- votes based primarily on the dramatic economic decline in these industrial-manufacturing regions. In short, the election was another confirmation that, absent a perceived and immediate catastrophe of some kind, most people, quite understandably, vote their economic interests and concerns -- i.e., jobs, jobs and jobs. Published June 7, 2017

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