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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley arrives for the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Trump team surprised by Milley’s calls to China

- The Washington Times

Senior Trump administration officials voiced concern and surprise this week over telephone calls to a Chinese military leader by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley before and after the 2020 presidential election.

Illustration on child sex trafficking  and the Taliban by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How sex trafficking funds the Taliban and terrorism

With the last U.S. troops now gone from Afghanistan, soon those left to the Taliban’s oppressive rule will fade from the news cycle and be largely forgotten about.

In this file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, left, participate in the inaugural Quad leaders meeting with the President of the United States Joe Biden, the Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in a virtual meeting in Sydney, Saturday, March 13, 2021. (Dean Lewins/Pool via AP)  **FILE**

Biden prepares to host historic ‘Quad’ summit at White House

- The Washington Times

President Biden is preparing to host the first-ever in-person summit of leaders from the so-called “Quad” countries — the U.S., India, Japan and Australia — in a sign of growing momentum behind what began as a Trump-era push to rally Asia’s most powerful democracies into a more formal grouping to confront and contain communist China.

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In this June 24, 2021 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses journalists during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. Guterres has issued a dire warning, Saturday, Sept. 11, that the world is moving in the wrong direction and faces a pivotal moment. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP, File)

United Nations launches assault on free speech

- The Washington Times

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for global action to curb disinformation and stop conspiracy theories in their tracks -- and to do so, he added, "We must make lying wrong again." In U.N.-speak, this is a call to crack down on free speech.

Taliban has no better friend than Biden

Let me get this straight. From recent congressional hearings, we learn that President Biden's best defense for his decision to abandon Afghanistan to the Taliban is essentialy, 'Trump made me do it.' How pathetic. The next thing you know, he'll blame the disaster on climate change. This is not "Profiles In Courage."

Undisputed catastrophe

When Democrats savage a secretary of state who serves in a presidential administration of their party, it is obvious that something significant has taken place. This is what we have seen in the hot-seat testimony of Secretary Antony Blinken before the House Foriegn Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Founders didn't envision today's America

No other country on the face of the Earth has been more blessed by God than America. Our nation's birth was a monumental upset over the most powerful country in the world at the time. Our Founding Fathers risked everything for our independence -- their fortunes, their freedom, their lives and the lives of their families. What were they fighting for? Independence and self-rule. The colonists believed the price for freedom was worth the sacrifice.