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Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is just one of the news wags who keep shouting "bombshell!" regarding supposedly nefarious behavior in Ukraine. (Associated Press)

Another dud in the string of bombshells

- The Washington Times

You have to pity the bombshell-shocked American citizen trying to take seriously all the “shocking,” “stunning” and “bombshell” news coming out of Washington these days.

Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate with ties to Ukraine, arrives for a bail hearing in federal court, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ** FILE **

Lev Parnas, another Democratic impeachment dud

- The Washington Times

Much ado has been made by MSNBC and The New York Times and the left and the Democrats about the latest, newest, glitziest, golden boy hoped-for impeachment witness, former Rudy Giuliani business associate Lev Parnas. But this guy is a dud like all the rest.

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A resolution to keep

Beginning in December and running thru January, newspapers, TV talking heads, the fitness industry and magazine periodicals busy themselves with questionnaires, tips and long-form articles offering advice and cautions about how one can successfully change a behavior. After a few weeks, virtually everyone polled admits that they have fallen off the proverbial resolution wagon. But there is hope for those who are serious, even desperate, to improve their daily lives and self-esteem.

'Write Like a Beast' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Write Like a Beast'

There's a lot more to the writing of stories than readers ever see. There's the research, of course, and character development, and outlining. Most people could probably understand that much if they sat down and thought about it. But there's so much more below the surface.

Virginia is for Gun Lovers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Virginia's 'Second Amendment Sanctuaries'

Elections have consequences. Virginia, which for decades had been considered reliably conservative, is now firmly in "progressive" hands and quickly morphing into one of the most liberal states in the East.

Dousing the Iran Threat Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran's proxy war against the United States just got harder

United States Marines of a certain age rejoiced at the killing of Qassem Soleimani in early January. For over four decades Iran has conducted a proxy war against the United States with virtual impunity and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Quds Force has been the main instigator behind it.

In this frame grab from video posted online, people try to resuscitate victims of a deadly stampede at a funeral procession for a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, in Kerman, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019. Two Iranian semi-official news agencies reported that the stampede in Kerman that killed dozens of people and injured over 200 others took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession got underway. (AP Photo)

Soleimani funeral stampede shows savagery of U.S. enemies

- The Washington Times

Forty died and more than 200 were injured during funeral services for the killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Don't know about funerals in your neck of the woods. But typically, in more civilized section, stampedes and angry rallying and loud vows to kill Americans and attack U.S. spots are not part and parcel of the whole funeral procession experience.

People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's New Year's speech at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Moon said he hopes to see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fulfill a promise to visit the South this year as he called for the rival Koreas to end a prolonged freeze in bilateral relations. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea's opposition sounds a warning

- The Washington Times

South Korea's very normalcy is a triumph. The country is rich, democratic and stable -- and became that way in record time. Yet under the leadership of President Moon Jae-in, the most left-wing leader in the history of South Korea, those achievements are in peril, says Rep. Lee Ju-young, the deputy speaker of the South Korean National Assembly and a member of the opposition Liberty Korea Party.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, on the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi, 2020, keeps up 'bizarre' impeachment strategy

- The Washington Times

Christmas is over, New Year's has ended, 2020 has begun, and what's on the table for Congress is the same that was set last year by Democrats in the House -- impeachment. And that's curious because, in the words of Democrats, impeaching President Donald Trump was a national security must-do, must-do right now.

Thank Obama for Iran, Iraq

Thanks to former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, Iraq is already a fiefdom of Iran ("Neutralizing Soleimani," Web, Jan. 5). Obama/Biden's foreign policy in Iraq was irresponsible and allowed Iran to take political control of the country during U.S. occupation.

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Choosing to be the strong horse

Fortune has its price. The United States is blessed among the nations, but with prosperity has come responsibility, and the Middle East has a way of exacting that obligation. Until such time that the world no longer needs the region's oil riches as the lifeblood of progress, the red, white and blue must remain visible from every angle. Always-angry Iran may gnash its teeth and live-and-let-live Americans may cringe, but there really is no alternative.

Iran's nuclear potential

"'Major retaliation': U.S. vows to target Iran's top leaders if Iran retaliates" (Web, Jan. 5) points at the cascading results of the recent drone killing of Iran's lionized Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The consequences of the killing may well range widely: Escalating rounds of bloody tit-for-tat strikes circling the Middle East, the orchestration of proxy clashes drawing in U.S. and Iranian allies, terrorism against soft and hard targets in Iran's crosshairs, cyber warfare targeting infrastructure and even full-out kinetic war involving Iran proper.

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, delivers a speech during a parliament session in Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Greek lawmakers debate on the state budget for 2020. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Advancing the U.S.-Greece relationship

The U.S.-Greece relationship is the strongest in decades, engaged in a strategic dialogue since 2018. Greece is long among NATO members spending above 2 percent of GDP on defense, with a renewed commitment to allocating 20 percent on major equipment.