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Looking for answers beyond the pale

- The Washington Times

Nobody in the West really understands the Arab mind. Killing a political adversary is understandable, though heartily to be disapproved of. But cutting up the corpse with a surgical saw, and doing it without first waiting for the poor guy to die, is beyond the Western, Judeo-Christian pale.

Illustration on diplomacy and the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump’s foreign policy reset

The release of Pastor Andrew Brunson and his return home to the United States was an answer to the prayers of millions and the result of an administration that has reset our foreign policy by fearlessly engaging on issues that other administrations only talked about addressing.

Illustration on the Jamal khashoggi affair by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Khashoggi mystery

Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are “preparing” to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never come.

Illustration on a closer inspection of traditionally "safe" Democrat dominated congressional districts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Muslim surfer flips script for GOP in California

Throughout election season, Democrats have touted “diversity” as they pointed to African-American, Latino, female and Muslim candidates as the party’s future. Republicans tend to reject this kind of box-checking appeal to voters in favor of policy messaging and their candidates’ individual merits.

Illustration on economic security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘Economic security is national security’

Quietly, President Donald J. Trump is putting together one of the greatest performances on the economy and trade in modern presidential history. This is indeed happening quietly because both the actions and results of Mr. Trump’s economic policies are grossly under-reported in the press.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.  Kanye West will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner talk about manufacturing in America, gang violence, prison reform and Chicago violence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Trump’s rising approval rating among black voters

The provocative Donald Trump certainly seems to be disliked by a majority of African-American professional athletes, cable news hosts, academics and the Black Congressional caucus. Yet there are subtle but increasing indications that his approval among other African-Americans may be reaching historic highs for a modern Republican president.

Main Street Voters Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Main Street delivers

The blue wave. The suburban tsunami. If you’ve been watching and reading recent political coverage, there’s no doubt you’ve heard what could face the Republican Party this November. The GOP has majorities in both houses of Congress to protect, and there’s no denying it — the party faces an uphill climb.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a meeting of the European People's Party EPP in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 when European leaders meet to negotiate on terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Why American conservatives keep losing

I had no answer when Maria Schmidt, a historian and adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, recently asked me, “Why do you American conservatives keep losing to liberals?”

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Across the top of the cover of "Red War" it reads: "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 'American Assassin'." Below this in huge letters is the name Vince Flynn. But the great thriller writer Vince Flynn died five years ago.

Protesters rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee debates his confirmation, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Sons of America, beware

- The Washington Times

As President Donald Trump noted in recent comments about the runaway train called Supreme Court Nomination, it's "a very scary time for young men in America." Yes, it is. This is no joke.

Illustration on the Kavanaugh hysteria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Kavanaugh in the crucible

Brett Kavanaugh could play the lead in a new version of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's celebrated play about an innocent man tested by the mob. The playwright was a man of the left, but his play reflects what can happen to a reputation anywhere when the dishonest unleashes poison.

Illustration on the new USMCA trade agreement by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A victory on trade

In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the United States and other countries.

Illustration on American roots and shared heritage by Linas Garsys/the Washington Times

Sharing America's powerful stories

In January 2017, as I was sworn in as Virginia's 41st lieutenant governor, I had a piece of history in my coat pocket.

Illustration on the costs of NATO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Institutionalizing sensible burden-sharing

On Oct. 3 and 4, Defense Secretary James Mattis will be traveling to Brussels for the last NATO defense ministers conference of the year. According to the Pentagon, the meeting will concentrate on "reinforcing the need for equitable burden sharing, discuss implementation plans for key NATO summit outcomes and reinforce the U.S. commitment to the alliance."

Internatioonal Trade Cage Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What trade agreements do and don't do

At the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump stood up for the sovereign responsibility of each government to put its national security and citizens first.

Former Baltimore prosecutor Page Croyder protests against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by staging a hunger strike, this is her 7th day, in front of the Supreme Court, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Treating the court as a political branch

Harsh winds are blowing on Capitol Hill. The hoped-for and feared clash between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has come and gone, with all of its calculated and spontaneous outbursts, as well as gut-wrenching emotion.

"Fixed" Mosquito Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hacking mosquitoes to save lives

Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other insect, including nearly half a million deaths annually from malaria alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

Teen antics pale in comparison

Beer drinking at 17 — that's the final low bar set by the Democrats in their judgment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Set that charge next to any in the hall of fame of mature heroes from the Democratic Party: Joseph Biden's 1988 plagiarism of the British Labor Party politician Neil Kinnock's speech, the 1991 finding by Boston University of Martin Luther King Jr.'s plagiarized dissertation, Richard Blumenthal's lie about having served in Vietnam, Bill Clinton's longtime randy conduct, and to end this dismal list of Democrat hypocrites for now, Ted Kennedy's drunken swim sprint away from a drowning woman.

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks at Mehrabad airport, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, on arrival from New York after attending the United Nations General Assembly. Rouhani said Thursday that the U.N. Security Council meeting chaired by President Donald Trump the previous day reflected America's increasing isolation among the international community. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran's oil for terror

Crude oil, the lifeblood of the global economy, is returning to its expensive past. While President Trump's economic revival has put more money into the pockets of U.S. consumers, efforts to restrain the nuclear ambitions of Iran is pinching the supply of oil. Americans are likely to relive the pain of a decade past, but ending the Islamic regime's menacing behavior will be worth the price.

More holes in Ford's story

Gabriella Munoz's article today concerning Judge Brett Kavanaugh's letter that describes his group as "loud, obnoxious drunks" in fair warning to neighbors during beach week kind of blows up Christine Blasey Ford's version of events at the intimate get-together she says she attended ("1983 letter from Kavanaugh: Warn the neighbors that we're 'loud, obnoxious drunks,'" Web, Oct. 3).

In this Tuesday, April 24, 2018 photo, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. For over a year, French President Emmanuel Macron has cajoled President Donald Trump, convinced he could make him change his thinking on climate change, Iran and world trade. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

France decides to confront Iran

The French government has decided it has no choice but to confront Iran after a blatant terror attempt on French soil during the summer against the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran, which held a massive gathering in Paris in June.