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Dems' disappointment spin-out

After each of President Obama's election victories, I and many other conservatives who had voted against him were very disappointed. I believed Obama would be destructive to our national security and military might, while spawning violent protests between citizens and against law enforcement. I believed he demeaned many Christians for 'clinging' to their faith in the Bible. I opposed his agenda. Published December 8, 2016

Reconsider "Mad Dog" pick

President-elect Donald Trump should rethink his selection of retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis as his Secretary of Defense ("Donald Trump demands waiver for Gen. James Mattis to serve as Pentagon chief," Web, Dec. 6). In spite of his stellar military service record, Mattis is not qualified to serve as defense secretary. Published December 8, 2016

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, N.M. U.S. immigration authorities caught barely half the people who illegally entered the country from Mexico last year, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report that offers one of the most detailed assessments of U.S. border security ever compiled. The report found far fewer people are attempting to get into the U.S. than a decade ago and that 54 percent of those who tried were caught in the year ending Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

The wall first, then the rest

Every new president comes to Washington with two lists. The first is a list of things he would like to do. That's his wish list. He knows he won't get to some of the items. Those are the things that are possible but not probable in his first four years. This is the list he keeps to himself. The second list is much shorter, the things he must get done to make everything else possible. That's his "must-do list." Published December 8, 2016

Various dishes of General Tso's chicken are depicted her in this screen capture from a Google search. The inventor of the iconic Chinese dish, Peng Chang-kuei, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 98 from pneumonia.

The day of the generals

The day of the generals has dawned bright and clear upon us, at least in Washington. Donald Trump, who was educated early at a junior military academy, obviously appreciates officers with lots of gold braid on their chests and sleeves. He has put several generals in his Cabinet and in his inner circle, including even an attorney general. Published December 8, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Words to the wise

Among the mainstream media's manifest faults is the high regard in which it holds itself. The average "journalist," as uptown newspapermen want to be called in a culture where titles get ever more extravagant, is a forgiving fellow, and never more forgiving than when he confronts his own errors (if any). Being a journalist in Washington means never having to say you're sorry. Published December 7, 2016

Ready for real change

We conservatives fear it may be too late to be delivered from prevaricating presidents, and capricious, sanctimonious bureaucrats who believe only in the tax-and-spend public sector and hold the wealth-generating private sector to be evil. Published December 7, 2016

Trump must cut China's tentacles

President-elect Donald Trump needs to re-examine President Obama's crumbling pipe-dream policy of using Vietnam to contain China. While our Southeast-Asia policy has myopically focused on China's growing occupation of and base construction on the South China Sea Islands, China has made a Hail Mary pass and outflanked Vietnam by building a new deep-water port in Cambodia. Published December 7, 2016

A congressional aide said the legislation is aimed to thwart U.S. spy agencies from giving secrets to an investigation of NSA activities by a German parliamentary committee. The panel was formed after spying disclosures from renegade NSA contractor Edward Snowden. (Associated Press)

Pardon me, please

Politeness is always welcome, but it's not owing to an outbreak of good manners that President Obama is hearing a barrage of "pardon me." Rather, it's a sign that a president is soon to leave the White House, taking with him his power and authority to grant clemency to those on the nation's naughty list. Published December 7, 2016

The problem with all that ethanol is where to pour it.

Elected Democrats are criticizing President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominees for their supposed lack of experience ("Donald Trump picks Ben Carson, former campaign rival, as housing secretary," Web, Dec. 5). Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, complains that Dr. Ben Carson, nominee for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, "has no professional experience in either government or housing policy." Published December 6, 2016

On 75th anniversary, remember Nimitz

For Pearl Harbor, the Japanese forged a strategic weapon of six heavy carriers for a coordinated attack by 360 planes on Sunday, on Dec. 7, 1941. Never before had any country executed or planned a raid by more than two carriers on any naval or land target. Published December 6, 2016

This Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 photo shows a street sign in front of a corn field at an uncontrolled rural intersection where a driver was killed in an August crash near Maxwell, Iowa. Corn grows up to 12 feet tall and this time of year can be a serious hazard for motorists in rural areas of the Midwest. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Draining the ethanol tank

Red may be the color of Donald Trump's America, but yellow is the color of the nation's most favored cash crop. Corn is good, especially sweet corn swathed in butter for supper on a gentle summer's night. Mules like field corn, and so they should. Published December 6, 2016

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis stands backstage as he waits to be announced by President-elect Donald Trump as his Defense Secretary at a rally at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A job for a mad dog

Like nearly all government agencies, the Defense Department wastes money faster than the taxpayers can earn it, and a study by the Pentagon proves it. The study reveals that nearly one in every four dollars the Pentagon gets is wasted while generals, admirals and their friends in Congress cry for more, lest the nation be left defenseless in a hostile world. Published December 6, 2016

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Health and Human Services Secretary, delivers the keynote address at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution entitled "A Reform Agenda for the Federal Budget Process," Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This Price is right

With their vow to repeal and replace Obamacare, President-elect Donald Trump and the Republicans have ventured onto thin ice. The dismal fate of the Democrats who preceded them onto the ice, and breaking through it, is a cautionary tale about the consequences of not keeping promises. Come Inauguration Day, the nation's new leadership had best hustle past the health care hazards lest they take an icy bath, too. Published December 5, 2016

President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with United Nations Secretary-General-designate, Antonio Guterres, in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Elves at work

The bowels of the federal bureaucracy aren't exactly Santa's workshop, but legions of Barack Obama's elves are working 24/7 to leave behind large lumps of coal in the Christmas stocking of Donald Trump. Which is odd, because the president's loathing of all things anthracite and bituminous is well known. Published December 5, 2016

Trump's chance to turn U.S. around

Congress and President-elect Trump must not waste a minute of 2017 on repairing the damage done to national security by President Barack Obama. After eight years of Mr. Obama's assault on the military, the morale of our soldiers, sailors and Marines is at an all-time low. Published December 5, 2016

Collusion or ignorance?

The coverage given by the media to the Democrats on the claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and therefore should be president shows one of two things: either the undeniable ignorance or the absolute deceit and collusion of the media and the Democratic Party. Published December 5, 2016

Fidel Castro's Cuba a waste

I am an avid Washington Times reader who was born in pre-Castro Cuba and saw Fidel up-close. I can separate fact from the fantasy now being peddled by left-wing commentators and politicians in the wake of Castro's death. Published December 4, 2016

Recount pushers shameless

Well, sometimes the conspiracy theorists are right. I just learned that in the most liberal county of Wisconsin, the 2016 presidential vote recount is being done by hand. This is being done deliberately to delay certification. Published December 4, 2016

Retiring Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid's method of filibustering will likely fail to block Donald Trump's picks. (Associated Press)

Return of the wheel

The wheel that goes around comes around, and the fancy footwork of a boxer is required to avoid getting run over. Published December 4, 2016

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, following a closed-door meeting with House Republicans to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The plan emerging Friday satisfies demands from the most conservative lawmakers and goes further than the approach initially discussed by some House Republicans. Many of the same House conservatives who voted against Boehner for speaker earlier this week in a failed overthrow attempt led by Gohmert, were declaring victory Friday at the shape the immigration legislation was taking.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Blowing smoke, preferable hickory

Congress last week finally turned to something genuinely important, when Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas blistered the Architect of the Capitol, the caretaker of the government's buildings on Capitol Hill, for interfering with the preparation of his barbecued ribs. Published December 4, 2016