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Illustration on the new imperialism by Linas Garsys/ The Washington Times

The new imperialism

Historians often cite two American qualities to explain why the United States and its allies prevailed in the Cold War; military strength and better ideas — such things as the rule of law and freedom for individuals and the marketplace; often called “Soft Power” in shorthand. The ultimate irony in contemporary geopolitics is that Russia and China have studied our use of Soft Power, corrupted it to suit their purposes, and today are well along in using it to win the second Cold War.

Putting the Boot on the Iranian Threat Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Responding to Iran, avoiding another disaster

President Trump and his national security team have been taking considerable heat from the usual Trump-hating Democrats and many in the mainstream media over cautionary military deployments in response to recent intelligence with respect to Iran. National Security Adviser John Bolton in particular has been called out as looking for a war with Iran, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has fared little better.

Illustration on the benefits of tariffs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What tariffs do and why they’re working

Make no mistake, tariffs don’t help markets or make for lower prices. And, trade wars are no friend to consumers. But, with all the convoluted media analysis flying about, and the lack of apparent benefits to a trade war, why engage in one or more of them at all? Why would the current administration — self-proclaimed protector of all that makes America Great — embark on such a shaky path?

Misunderstanding John Bolton

National Security Council Chairman John Bolton, according to his detractors, is squirreled away in his White House office salivating at the prospect of military action against Iran. They picture Mr. Bolton as a blood-thirsty warmonger who signed on last April as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser to undermine the president’s belief that sending in the Marines is not the only or even the best way to respond to the actions of nations that disagree with us.

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Falling into the reality gap

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Spanberger should explain herself

I was suprised that Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia voted on March 5 for an amendment by Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts to reduce the voting age in federal elections from 18 to 16 ("Rep. Ayanna Pressley pushes amendment to lower federal voting age to 16," Web, March 6). She and Don Beyer were the only members of Virginia's 11-person congressional delegation to vote for this amendment.

Pacifism in war suicidal

There is something seriously wrong with the demented Democrats who would make it seem that we are going to war with Iran. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut gave a recent TV interview demanding that President Trump give Congress all of his decisions to go to war against Iran — as though the president had made that decision. The way Mr. Blumenthal put it made it seem that he was promoting war rather than letting our president do his job to protect the people of this country.

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Obama was Islam's Manchurian candidate, Biden is China's

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Gay marriage support dips -- but traditionalists need not cheer

- The Washington Times

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Joe Biden, a 'fool' whose candidacy makes 'a cat laugh'

- The Washington Times

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LOVERRO: Redskins hold two days of workouts with many leaders, stars absent

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At the bullfights, ole!

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Alabama Human Life Protection Act Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Heeding the words of the Alabama law

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The Final Exit Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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The lethal side effect of China's rise

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Bad timing for socialism

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Thwarting 'terrorists in suits' in the Israel boycott

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A populist surprise down under

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Letters from a member of 'the greatest generation'

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U.S. threatened every day

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