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A Muslim man wears a headband showing the Islamic State group's symbol. A lax legislative approach in some European countries makes it hard to prosecute returning militants. (Associated Press/File)

When ISIS fighters return home

What should not be an option is to treat returning terrorists with ever-greater levels of tolerance. Yet that is the option a number of Europeans advocate.

Illustration on Syrian strategic choices by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A mission quandary in Syria

Almost two weeks ago, after yet another incident of a chlorine gas attack by Syria’s Assad regime, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned both Syria and its Russian ally that using gas weapons against civilians or on the battlefield was very unwise. Last week, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was more blunt, warning that America is “prepared to act if we must” to stop indiscriminate bombings of civilians by the Assad regime.

Illustration on Hezbollah in Lebanon by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The problem is Hezbollah

Current U.S. policy toward Lebanon confirms Voltaire’s observation that “the human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”

Illustration on Rex Tillerson by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The Tillerson exit, the Russian gambit

Fourteen months after he had become secretary of State, Rex Tillerson learned Tuesday that President Trump had fired him by sending out a public tweet.

How Hillary Clinton still misses the point

Woe are the Democrats. For generations now, they’ve been telling the American people that only they, and their cohort of liberals and leftists, understand and truly value women. Because of their special understanding of women, only they can be trusted to do what’s right politically for them, they tell us. Then came Hillary Clinton pulling the curtain back on that dangerously false narrative.

Illustration on Trump, Stormy Daniels and freedom of speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

President Trump and freedom of speech

When James Madison drafted the First Amendment — “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech” — he made sure to use the article “the” in front of the word “freedom.” What seemed normal to him and superfluous to moderns was actually a profound signal that has resonated for 227 years. The signal was that because the freedom of speech existed before the government that was formed to protect it came into existence, it does not have its origins in government.

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

America’s love affair with Israel grows under Trump

- The Washington Times

The left likes to try to sell the line that the Palestinian Authority loves the Israelis, welcomes peace and wants nothing more than a harmonious agreement that allows both peoples to live side-by-side, in perpetual prosperity — oh yes, and that President Donald Trump’s announced move of the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Avid to Jerusalem kills that plan. But apparently, the line isn’t selling.

A welder fabricates a steel structure at an iron works facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, March 5, 2018. United States President Donald Trump has lobbed a grenade of uncertainty onto the NAFTA negotiating table, suggesting that tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel are now dependent on whether the countries agree to a new trade pact. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

U.S. trade relations

President Trump made his mark as a businessman prior to occupying the Oval Office and he often gives his sales pitch for America: The country is once again open for business.

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Illustration on potential Chinese AI dominance by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The final battleground with China

It takes technology to be a great nation, and President Trump's notable policy successes on corporate taxes and deregulation are not enough. He has to deliver on trade and investment with China or it will dominate artificial intelligence and the global economy

Illustration on North Korean denuclearization by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The denuclearization of North Korea

The diplomatic world has been shaken by President Donald Trump's stunning announcement that he will meet with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to begin the process of denuclearization of the Hermit Kingdom.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, photo, Rohingya refugees with their belongings arrive at the Balukhali refugee camp 50 kilometers (31 miles) from, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. With the first repatriations of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar just days away, and more than 1 million living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, international aid workers, local officials and the refugees say preparations have barely begun  and most refugees would rather contend with the squalor of the camps than the dangers they could face if they return home. It's unclear if more than a handful of Rohingya will even be willing to go home. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Refugee resettlement

When the Obama administration raised the refugee admission quota for fiscal 2017 to 110,000, New Jersey, Maine, Kansas and Texas formally withdrew from the resettlement program.

Overreacting to Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Overreacting to Trump

In 2020, Democrats must choose from two different paths: To be Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. Despite being the party's last two successful candidates, they are divergent. The correct choice is especially important to Democrats in need of a known route in order to avoid falling into the trap of overreacting to Donald Trump.

In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Social media's Trojan regulators

Hillary Clinton still can't believe she lost the election and is using her social media presence to call out those whom she feels were responsible for her loss. "We should all care about how social media platforms play a part in our democratic process. Because unless it's addressed it will happen again.

No peace without justice

A "peace treaty" between President Trump and "Glorious Leader" Kim Jong-un that ignores the human rights abuses in North Korea is meaningless. That issue must be addressed in any talks of peace.

Wind energy worth the birds

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is concerned about the number of birds killed by wind turbines ("Zinke says Interior should be a partner with oil companies," Web, March 6). However, Mr. Zinke might be surprised to know that the National Audubon Society "strongly supports properly sited wind power" as a way to address climate change. Proper siting means avoiding migratory pathways and environments that could harm endangered species.

Giving Ike and his accomplishments a second look

Academic historians are giving the presidential performance of Dwight D. Eisenhower a well-deserved second look, and the results show the contemporary political pundits who derided him were either biased or blind to his accomplishments.

In this Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, then CIA Director-nominee Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pompeo announced Feb. 2, 2017, that he has selected Gina Haspel, who has extensive overseas experience, including several stints as chief of station at outposts abroad. In Washington, she has held several top leadership positions in the clandestine service. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Edward Snowden: CIA's Gina Haspel guilty on 'torture'

- The Washington Times

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who started a whistleblowing nightmare for America's government, reacted with swift outrage to President Donald Trump's pick for Mike Pompeo's CIA replacement. On Twitter, Snowden wrote of Gina Haspel: "The new CIA director was a key part of the torture program."

In this July 26, 2016 file photo, former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Eric Holder has nerve to rip GOP for collusion 'coverup'

- The Washington Times

Eric Holder just slammed Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who ended their investigation of Russia election shenanigans with a No Collusion conclusion as political beasts who set aside the truth for partisan reasons. And all the comedians at "Saturday Night Live" go -- we have our next skit!

In this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo, replicas of Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, left, and Marco Rubio face off in the free speech zone on the campus of the University of Colorado before the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colo. Some colleges provide so-called "free speech zones" as the only place where people can protest and distribute fliers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Free-speech zones, an idea whose time to go has come

- The Washington Times

Free-speech zones are simply the left's way of chipping constitutional protections for conservatives. And it's high time schools the nation over -- particularly the ones that receive taxpayer dollars -- give the boot to these communist-style clampdowns to God-given and constitutionally protected rights.

Robert E. Lee

Can California do what the Confederacy couldn't?

- The Washington Times

California has no cannon guarding San Francisco Bay, and it's not likely that anybody at City Hall would know how to use one if there were, but Jeff Sessions, the U.S. attorney general, nevertheless has some wise words along with his lawsuit against California's sanctuary cities seeking to nullify federal immigration law.

Illustration on U.S. government obsession with prosecuting money-laundering by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

More meanness from government

"Name the person and I will find the crime" is a statement attributed to Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin's head of the Soviet secret police. There are more than 4,000 federal felonies on the books of the U.S. government, not counting all of the felonies created by regulatory agencies and state and local governments. Few Americans or citizens of other countries now go for appreciable periods of time without committing a felony, most often without intent or knowledge.

Repeal the Tax Cut Platform Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A nominee's shortcomings

Voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District get their chance this week — in a March 13 special election — to weigh in on the recent tax reform legislation that did not receive a single Democratic congressional vote. Democrat Conor Lamb is on the attack over tax reform, pledging to join congressional Democrats who want to repeal the recently enacted sweeping tax cuts that are already restoring wage increases, creating new jobs and spurring economic growth for average Americans.