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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper's State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He's also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism, and appeared in a variety publications, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to Salon, Reason, Prospect Magazine of London, the Daily Star of Beirut, the Jerusalem Post and the St. Petersburg Times. He's also served as an editor at World Politics Review, written for America's Quarterly and produced news videos and feature stories for Agence France-Presse.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Clark University. After a stint at States News Service, he spent five years at The Times from 2001 through 2006, first on the metro desk and later reporting from Iraq, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Guantanamo Bay, in addition to pursuing special assignments throughout the U.S. He was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Society of Professional Journalists award for their coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

He can be reached at gtaylor@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Guy Taylor

**FILE** The F-35 stealth jet. (U.S. Air Force via Associated Press)

Neither Obama nor Romney has realistic plan to tame cost of F-35 stealth jet

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the white whale of the Defense Department — a stealth jet designed to work for all branches of the armed forces — but at a total cost of $1.5 trillion, it's also a program that analysts say is an epic boondoggle that neither President Obama nor his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, has a realistic plan to get under control. Published August 12, 2012

**FILE** The string of islands known as Senkaku islands in Japanese, and Diaoyu in Chinese, are seen here Sept. 29, 2010. Relations between China and Japan were strained when a Chinese fishing boat collided with Japanese patrol vessels earlier that month near the islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries as well as Taiwan. (Associated Press)

China to U.S.: 'Shut up,' butt out of territorial disputes

China told the United States to "shut up" and stay out of its dispute with countries bordering the South China Sea, after a State Department spokesman called for a peaceful settlement to the conflicting claims in the energy-rich, strategic sea lanes. Published August 8, 2012

President Obama talks about taxes on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama, Romney spar over Pentagon spending

In a time of deep deficits and tight budgets, President Obama says the Defense Department cannot be entirely spared the scalpel. But Mitt Romney, his likely opponent in November's election, says the U.S. must spend more on the Pentagon now because it will pay off with a stronger economy in the long run. Published August 5, 2012

Mohammed Jassim is treated at a hospital Monday after a car-bomb attack in Baghdad. An onslaught of bombings and shootings killed scores of people across Iraq on the deadliest day so far this year since the U.S. departed. (Associated Press)

U.S. keeps hands-off policy after a bloody day in Iraq

The United States on Monday stood by its hands-off policy toward Iraq after more than 100 Iraqis died in a wave of 37 coordinated terrorist attacks across the country — the most intense assault since American forces left seven months ago. Published July 23, 2012

In this citizen journalist image, smoke billows July 18, 2012, over Damascus, Syria, after a bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting and killed three top regime officials, including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law. (Associated Press)

Washington worried over Syria attack

The State Department on Wednesday raised concerns that the security apparatus surrounding Syrian President Bashar Assad is beginning to falter after top Syrians were killed in a bombing at the National Security headquarters. Published July 18, 2012

Romney advisers are zealous on Sudan, but is he?

Two of Mitt Romney's top foreign policy advisers slammed the Obama administration this week for failing to address a mounting humanitarian catastrophe in Sudan, saying Mr. Obama's mishandling of the region's ongoing crisis offers a window into how a Romney White House would do things differently. Published July 15, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a press conference at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendon Smialowski, Pool)

Clinton pushes China on maritime pact

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that she hopes China will work diplomatically with its regional partners toward "finalizing a code of conduct" for resolving territorial disputes over the oil-rich South China Sea. Published July 12, 2012

A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands guard outside the Treasury Building in Washington.

U.S. deepens sanctions on Iran

The Obama administration on Thursday imposed fresh sanctions against entities and individuals involved in Iran's defense, aerospace and shipping communities in the government's effort to thwart the Islamic republic's nuclear program. Published July 12, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns June 19, 2012, in Holland, Mich. (Associated Press)

Romney is likely to spring surprise with pick for State

While speculation in the political world over Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice courses through the summer barbecue circuit, an equally juicy topic is beginning to bubble up among foreign policy analysts: Who might be secretary of state in a Romney administration? Published July 11, 2012

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives June 29, 2012, for a private fundraiser in Buffalo, N.Y. (Associated Press)

Romney would support foreign friends, confront adversaries

Mitt Romney has assembled a foreign-policy platform rooted in the belief that adversaries such as Russia must be confronted for backsliding on democracy and that Israel must be supported in the face of common threats such as a nuclear-armed Iran. Published July 1, 2012

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Old power looks to regain hold in Mexico

Mexicans voted for a new president Sunday after a campaign dominated by calls for economic growth and debate about how to proceed with a bloody war on drug cartels that has killed nearly 50,000 people since 2006. Published July 1, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers a brief statement about the Supreme Court's ruling on health care on June 28, 2012, after arriving in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Associated Press)

China exempted from sanction on Iranian oil

The U.S. added China to the list of nations exempted from sanctions against Iran on Thursday, citing an effort undertaken by Chinese authorities to significantly reduce their crude oil purchases from the Islamic republic. Published June 28, 2012

A Guatemalan policeman takes notes on about helicopter that crashed 124 miles northwest of Guatemala City in 2003 while transporting 1,675 pounds of cocaine. (Associated Press)

Central America next drug hot spot

A State Department official this week compared the war on drugs in Latin America to baseball games, in which the United States is winning in Colombia, leading in Mexico and just coming to bat in Central America, where there are too many umpires. Published June 21, 2012

Egyptian supporters of Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi flash victory signs June 18, 2012, as they celebrate his apparent victory in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Associated Press)

State Department chides Egypt's military rulers

The State Department on Monday sharpened its criticism of Egypt's ruling military council after it granted itself broad new powers as Egyptians voted in their first free presidential election since the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak last year. Published June 18, 2012

**FILE** Iraqi police stand guard outside Camp Ashraf, northeast of Baghdad, in December 2011. (Associated Press/People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran)

Official: No decision yet on Iranian dissidents

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not moved any closer to removing an Iranian dissident group from the U.S. list of terror organizations, senior Obama administration officials said on Monday. Published June 18, 2012

Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Mohammed Rachad Bouhlal talks to editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

European woes spark challenges for Moroccans

Morocco may have avoided the upheaval of an Arab Spring revolution, but it faces other challenges due to its economic closeness to crisis-riddled Europe and heavy reliance on remittances. Published June 14, 2012

Zack Shahin (Courtesy of freezack.com)

U.S. concerned over imprisoned American in the UAE

The United States has "significant concerns" about the case of an American businessman who has spent the past month on a hunger strike in the United Arab Emirates, where he has been imprisoned without trial for more than four years. Published June 5, 2012

Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary's state secretary for government communication, said his country's government has become a "whipping boy" of the Western media. As a result, "we've found that whatever we do is being criticized." Judicial, media, banking and religious laws pushed through by the Fidsz Party's parliamentary supermajority have raised concern. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Hungarian leaders see hysteria among critics of reforms

The United States and the European Union have fallen victim to a "kind of hysteria" in their reactions to the new constitution enacted this year by Hungary's ruling nationalist, a leading spokesman for the Central European nation says. Published June 5, 2012

"Americans want to see a region that is free of terrorism and radicalism, they want to see nations which are able to cooperate in terms of religion and cultures, and that's what we want as well," says Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan's ambassador to the U.S. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

International song contest shines light on changing Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's hosting of the Eurovision Song contest last month exemplified just how far the predominantly Muslim former Soviet republic has come since the days of communism, the Azerbaijani ambassador to Washington says. Published June 3, 2012