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What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate

- The Washington Times

At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago.

Illustration on Trump's Socratic method by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump’s Socratic method

While the press likes to portray President Trump as impetuous and impatient with details, when it comes to important decisions, he usually weighs options carefully.

Bad Trade Deals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s foreign policy is sound, but the economy gets shorted

President Trump recognizes U.S. foreign policy has for too long sacrificed economic interests and the livelihoods of ordinary working Americans for other important goals — spreading democracy, human rights and alliance building. And we are not getting our money’s worth — our allies expect Americans to bear disproportionate shares of the costs and risks to military personnel of dealing with maelstroms created by Russia, terrorists in the Middle East, China in the Pacific and the like.

Illustration on obstacles to the Trump/Kim summit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Trump-Kim summit meets a hurdle

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began to fade this week.

Illustration on solving remaining questions over sound immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring integrity to the immigration system

In 1990, Congress created the investor visa green card program to bring entrepreneurial talent to the United States, create new jobs and infuse new capital into our economy, especially in hard-hit rural and depressed areas. Unfortunately, over the years this program — known as the EB-5 program — has strayed further and further from congressional intent and has been repeatedly tarnished by scandal and political favoritism.

MidEast Pillars Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump’s productive disruption

In the same way that candidate Donald Trump disrupted establishment politics in 2016 when he ran for president and defeated establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, he has completely upended traditional foreign policy in the United States. Pinstriped Foggy Bottom bureaucrats are still in shock with President Trump’s aggressive and — apparently — effective approach to North Korea’s recalcitrant Kim Jong-un.

In this image posted on a photo sharing website by an Islamic State militant media arm on Monday, May 30, 2016, a military vehicle burns as ISIS fighters battle Iraqi forces and their allies west of Fallujah, Iraq. Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south on Tuesday, a day after first moving into the southern edges of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.(militant photo via AP)

A bombshell breach of security issues

The admonition “do not brag” likely will not be found in any intelligence manual. But strictures on revealing “sources and methods,” as well as common sense, dictate that certain matters are not discussed in public.

Illustration on feminists'euphemistic treatment of prostitution by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Whitewashing a sordid industry

If you think feminists everywhere are celebrating the prosecution of the world’s largest online sex market, Backpage.com, as a major blow against the exploitation of women, you would be wrong. The Women’s March is perhaps the most vocal and visible group to self-appropriate the label “feminist,” but others as well have come down decisively on the side of prostitution as sexually empowering because “the real mark of feminism is trusting women to do what they want with their bodies.”

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FILE - In this May 16, 2013 file photo, FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Appropriations, Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2014 budget request for the FBI. Mueller is nearing the end of his 12 years as head of the law enforcement agency that is conducting high-profile investigations of the Boston Marathon bombings, the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans and leaks of classified government information. On Thursday, June 13, 2013, Mueller was to undergo questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on these and other issues in what will be his final appearance before the panel. His last day on the job is Sept. 4. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Prosecutors and the rule of law

Late last week, a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., questioned the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller to seek an indictment and pursue the prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for alleged financial crimes that, according to the indictment, began and ended well before Donald Trump ran for president.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who claims that "backing out" of the Iran deal undermines America's credibility around the world. (Associated Press/File)

One president at a time

Following the 2016 election, President Obama rightly warned the Trump transition team "we only have one president at a time." It was a reminder that there can be just one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the United States' intentions.

Harry S. Truman    Associated Press photo

Truman as a model for Donald Trump

When President Harry S. Truman left office in January 1953, most Americans were glad to see him go. Since the introduction of presidential approval ratings, Mr. Truman's 32 percent rating was the lowest for any departing president except for that of Richard Nixon, who 21 years later resigned amid the Watergate scandal.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Scalene Triangle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific

China's two main Asian rivals, Japan and India, are seeking to mend their relations with it at a time of greater unpredictability in U.S. policy under President Donald Trump's administration. This development carries significant implications for geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region and could strengthen Chinese President Xi Jinping's hand just when he has made himself China's absolute ruler by dismantling the collective-leadership system that Deng Xiaoping helped institutionalize.

Illustration on physician-assisted suicide by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A flawed and dangerous law

It is no surprise to me that, a whole year after the District of Columbia enacted a law to allow assisted suicide, just two out of approximately 11,000 licensed D.C. physicians are willing to participate. On top of that only one hospital has cleared doctors to participate. The law allows patients with a prognosis of six months or less to be prescribed by a doctor a fatal dose of drugs to end their life. This law is flawed and dangerous for many reasons that would give anyone pause, but especially someone who has dedicated their life to healing.

Internet Service eShop Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the internet is out of reach

Broadband experts and community leaders around the country are discussing strategies to close the high-speed internet access divide that prevents many rural communities, consumers and small businesses from participating in the digital economy. But to meet this challenge — one of the greatest our country faces in the 21st century — Congress must resist efforts that would send internet rules back to the 1930s and curb much-needed investment in broadband infrastructure.

In this Saturday morning, May 21, 2011 file photo, Boy Scouts salute during a "camporee" in Sea Girt, N.J. The Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Boy Scouts of America announcement to admit girls throughout its ranks will transform what has been a mostly cordial relationship between the two iconic youth groups since the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded in 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) FILE

When boys can't be boys

The Boy Scouts of America have been taught for more than a century to "Be Prepared." But the Scouts have never been prepared for this. Facing a long, steady decline in membership, since the men in charge opened the ranks to a variety of LGBTQ applicants, the organization is doubling down on what they did wrong. They're taking the Boy out of Boy Scouts.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets an unidentified North Korean general on arrival at the Pyonyang, North Korea airport on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  (AP Photo/Matthew Lee, Pool)

A happy homecoming

Donald Trump diplomacy, which so offends delicate sensibilities in the United States and in the ministries of the West, nevertheless continues to pay rewards. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes home from North Korea on Thursday with three political prisoners released as a propaganda sweetener in advance of the president's talks with Kim Jong-un about suspending his nuclear weapons program.

Schneiderman gets just desserts

So the wheel of fate has turned on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Trump hater and supposed paragon of virtue ("Eric Schneiderman's stunning fall puts aggressive anti-Trump legal agenda in jeopardy," Web, May 8). It is poetic justice that Mr. Schneiderman's resignation under dubious circumstances is playing out in the national media.

A tribute to two Broadway pioneers

Here is a book for this season. Rich in facts and civility, it reveals a pair of American icons whose disciplined talent, creative purpose and literal harmonies still variously inspire, comfort and entertain us. "Something Wonderful" may help you keep your head when all about you are going berserk in today's maelstrom of ostentatious ignorance, partisan hostility and noise.

Make German seat permanent

Richard Grenell, the new U.S. ambassador to Germany, has said Germany should have joined the military strike of the "P3" group in Syria. P3 stands for "Permanent 3," the three permanent Western members of the U.N. Security Council: The U.S., the U.K. and France.

Trump's excellent Iran move

There is nothing historic about the lunacy of President Obama's appeasement of a terrorist state ("Trump makes good on Iran threat," Web, May 8). It was a "deal" formulated in the purple haze of mullah madness by a kindred spirit who sold out American resolve. As for the limp-wristed Europe, which raised a white flag once again, they will now have to show some backbone for once in their sorry lives.

Iranian lawmakers burn two pieces of papers representing the U.S. flag and the nuclear deal as they chant slogans against the U.S. at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Iranian lawmakers have set a paper U.S. flag ablaze at parliament after President Donald Trump's nuclear deal pullout, shouting, "Death to America!". President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal on Tuesday and restored harsh sanctions against Iran. (AP Photo)

Iran deal -- and then there were none

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump has taken yet another campaign promise and turned it to reality and pulled America from the detestable Iran nuclear deal. Thank goodness. This Barack Obama-forged piece of madness was -- well, nothing but madness. Who cuts deals with Satan and calls it a good thing, a win-win?

In this April 22, 2018, file photo, New York University's Washington Square News creative director Rachel Buigas-Lopez, left, and managing editor Sayer Devlin haul pizzas in an elevator after ordering them while meeting a middle-of-the night deadline at the newspaper's headquarters in New York. College journalists are speaking up for themselves in a coordinated campaign to combat some of the same forces that have battered newspapers across the country. More than 100 college newsrooms across the U.S., including the Washington Square News, are using social media campaigns, public awareness events and editorials Wednesday, April 25 to call attention to the important roles they play. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

AI in the newsroom -- a mixed blessing of fact vs. compassion

- The Washington Times

There could very well come a time when journalists -- who've never made it to the top of favorability polls with the people, anyway -- may be phased out, replaced by robotic reporters. Not today. But someday. One day. It's already in the works. And it's a mixed-bag blessing, at best.

Illustration on John Kerry's renegade diplomatic efforts on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The delusions and collusions of the Hon. Kerry

There is a whiff of the absurd about former Secretary of State Jean-Francois Kerry's recent "aggressive yet stealthy mission" to New York City. "Aggressive yet stealthy" is how the Boston Globe described his mission, though to serious observers of this elongated buffoon the diplomatic mission was also comic. His return to diplomacy was as comic as his episodes of hang-gliding while running for president, mad bicycling jaunts across Europe in what looked like his underpants, and recreational surfing — all while ostensibly on duty.

First lady Melania Trump listens during a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Palm Beach, Fla.     Associated Press photo

The real Melania Trump

The mainstream media's characterization of Melania Trump is that she is a spineless and brainless appendage to her husband. But like the media's portrayal of Donald Trump as a racist, a fool and a danger to humanity, the caricatures are wrong.

Illustration on the results of Lebanon's recent elections by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Where Iran's terrorist representative is the big winner

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran's local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group's dangerous domestic and regional agendas.