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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.

A demonstrator holds up a sign during a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in New York. Abortion-rights supporters held rallies across the country Tuesday in opposition to the wave of sweeping abortion bans being enacted this year in Midwestern and Southern states. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Abortion a sad asterisk on suffragist anniversary

- The Washington Times

We’re coming ‘round the time when women earned the legislative right to vote in America. And it’s an interesting time in America because abortion is one of today’s most talked-about matters. Is this what suffragists fought to win — the legislative right to abort on demand?

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