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The latest project vying for turf on the National Mall in Washington is the Global War on Terror Memorial, which last week got a $1 million donation from NewDay USA. (Associated Press/File)

More memorials jostle for space on National Mall area

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

Move over, Abraham, Martin and Tom: More memorials are seeking space on and near the National Mall as their sponsors seek to ensure that honoring the past never gets old. Published September 19, 2017

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Food as a Weapon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to force regime change in North Korea

With the latest provocative firing by North Korea of an ICBM missile on Sept. 14, 2017 over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, it should be clear to any thinking individual that economic sanctions will not work. We have to face facts. North Korea is doing exactly what China and Russia want it to do.

Senate overwhelmingly passed bill pumping $700 billion into military

- Associated Press

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korean F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S., South Korea  on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. South Korea says the U.S. military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula in joint drills with South Korean warplanes. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP)

U.S. flies powerful warplanes amid tensions with North Korea

- Associated Press

The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.

Chelsea Manning is seated in the back seat of a vehicle as she departs The Nantucket Project's annual gathering, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Nantucket, Mass. Manning participated in a forum at the gathering. Manning is a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who spent time in prison for sharing classified documents. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chelsea Manning defends decisions, says she's not a traitor

- Associated Press

Chelsea Manning told a crowd at a "creative thinkers" conference in Nantucket on Sunday that she's not an "American traitor" as her critics have claimed and she did what she thought was the right thing to do.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, speaks with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, as they arrive for a news conference following a GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

- Associated Press

The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.

Satellite Defense Against Korea Missiles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making space for missile defense

The crisis Kim Jong-un's regime has created worsens with each intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) it launches and every nuclear weapon it detonates. The North Koreans are neither begging for war, as U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, nor are they trying to extort money from America. This is something different.

Illustration on Obama's destructive impact on the U.S. Navy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The crux of the Navy's collisions

The U.S. Navy's loss of two sophisticated, key anti-ballistic-missile-capable destroyers within a matter of several weeks is symptomatic of a much larger issue.

A fighter pilot myth unraveled

The Flying Tigers. Say it out loud and the next words of out your mouth will probably be "John Wayne." One of the staples of late-night television movies remains the 1942 epic that starred Mr. Wayne playing a character modeled on that equally rugged American fighter, Gen. Claire Chennault. That film and the shelf of books published since then have insured that the legend of the Tigers -- formally known as the American Volunteer Group (AVG) is firmly fixed in our memories.

China is developing warheads for its new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile for use in anti-satellite weapons.

Foreign space threats grow

China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are developing weapons and other capabilities to destroy vulnerable U.S. satellites in space, according to a think tank report on foreign space threats.

This undated file photo distributed on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, second from right, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

South Korea simulates attack on North's nuke site after test

- Associated Press

Following U.S. warnings to North Korea of a "massive military response," South Korea on Monday fired missiles into the sea to simulate an attack on the North's main nuclear test site a day after Pyongyang detonated its largest ever nuclear test explosion.

U.S. flies bombers, fighters in show of force against North Korea

- Associated Press

The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, South Korea's military said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.

Who is the real target of North Korea's nuclear weapons?

Missile tests by North Korea and threats against the United States by her leader, Kim Jong-un, and an unprecedentedly firm response of "fire and fury" from President Donald J. Trump combined this summer to create what may be described as a panic over the prospect of a nuclear attack on American soil.

The Pentagon released revised troop figures Monday, saying that there are nearly 11,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Pentagon: 11,000 troops are on the ground in Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon for the first time revealed Tuesday that nearly 11,000 American troops are still on the ground in Afghanistan, roughly 40 percent more than what Defense Department leaders had acknowledged since President Obama ended the U.S. combat mission three years earlier.

This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center,  smiles as Kim inspects the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. Leader Kim called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang announced Wednesday, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

U.S. sees signs of North Korean nuke test

Amid the latest North Korean missile test that overflew Japan, U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected increased activity at the North's main underground nuclear testing facility in the northeastern part of the country that signal preparations for a sixth underground test blast.

The North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile on Tuesday as leader Kim Jong-un called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean. (Associated Press)

North Korea responds to Trump's bravado with missile test over Japan

- The Washington Times

President Trump has brought a new toughness to U.S. rhetoric toward North Korea, but the Kim Jong-un regime in Pyongyang showed anew this week that it still has the power to decide when and where to escalate the crisis in the region over its nuclear programs and missile tests.

Sovern Kurdish Territory Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making the case for Kurdistan

Erbil, Iraq — This September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan will hold its long promised referendum on independence from Baghdad. This move is controversial everywhere except in Kurdistan; yet it presents a defining opportunity for U.S. interests.

China may have new long-range Quantum sub detector

China may have accidentally announced a new breakthrough in submarine detection when the Chinese Academy of Sciences temporarily posted news of a new quantum, magnetometer breakthrough. The information was quickly removed after a journalist pointed out its military applications.

A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane takes off on the runway at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. (Lee Sang-hack/Yonhap via AP)

As North Korea vows response, U.S. dismisses calls to pause drills

- Associated Press

As North Korea vowed "merciless retaliation" against U.S.-South Korean military drills that it claims are an invasion rehearsal, senior U.S. military commanders on Tuesday dismissed calls to pause or downsize exercises they called crucial to countering a clear threat from Pyongyang.

Trump to send 4,000 more U.S. forces to Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

President Trump asked the American people Monday to trust him in sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying that his gut told him to pull out but that careful examination of military options convinced him decisive victory over Islamist militants was the only option.

President Donald Trump is due to unveil his plans for the U.S. armed involvement in Afghanistan, a campaign now in its 16th year, in a prime-time address Monday. Some inside the administration are pushing for a troop surge in the country. (Associated Press)

Trump to unveil 'update on the path forward' for Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

President Trump will unveil his highly anticipated strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia during a prime-time address Monday night, an address that will cap months of intense debate between the president's inner circle and the country's top national security leaders on the way forward in the war-torn region.

Defense Secretary James Mattis listens during a news conference with Japanese officials, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

James Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan

- Associated Press

After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like.

Steve Bannon: U.S. in economic war with China

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

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FILE -- In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, Richard Ratcliffe, husband of imprisoned charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for the media during an Amnesty International led vigil outside the Iranian Embassy in London. The family of Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter says all efforts to appeal her five-year prison sentence in court have failed. Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news agency, found out this weekend that her appeal to Iran's supreme court failed. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Addicted to uranium

When gentlemen compete, they honor the rules of the game and accept the referee's calls. But no one would mistake the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran for gentlemen, and their gamesmanship in pursuing nuclear weapons is deadly serious. As the mullahs make a bid for more uranium, They have been called out for cheating. The United States is obliged to withhold approval of a new supply of the radioactive material until the regime can prove it's not up to mischief. Anything else is simply tomfoolery.

People watch a TV news program showing a file image of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American strength. The signs read "The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier changes route". (AP Photo/Ahn Yooung-joon)

Calculating the threat from North Korea

"The land of the morning calm" is anything but that. The ancient Korean name for the divided peninsula is belied by the tension simmering for nearly 70 years, enlivened with frequent bursts of cross-border invective and sometimes violence.

Illustration on the situation of the Korean peninsula by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Possibilities for reunifying the Korean Peninsula

With North Korea threatening its sixth nuclear test, and the pace of its ballistic-missile tests quickening, Pyongyang's global threat is ever more imminent. Twenty-five years of self-defeating American efforts to negotiate with the world's only hereditary Communist dictatorship have, not surprisingly, proven fruitless.

File - This Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 file photograph provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense shows a launch of David's Sling missile defense system. A senior Israeli air force official says a joint U.S.-Israeli missile interceptor will be operational soon, completing the country's multi-layer defense system. He said Monday that David's Sling, meant to counter medium-range missiles possessed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, will be operational in early April. (Ministry of Defense via AP, File)

The Strategic Defense Initiative at 34

When a politician promises something that "holds the promise of changing the course of human history," we naturally assume it's typical overstatement. But when President Ronald Reagan said that on March 23, 1983, in reference to his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), he was exactly right.

Hospital workers walk by a journalist on a stakeout checking his mobile phone outside the forensic department of Kuala Lumpur Hospital, where the body of Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Nam, has been kept, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 20, 2017. Malaysian police said Sunday that they are hunting for more North Korean suspects over the killing of Kim Jong Nam who was poisoned to death at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

Taming North Korea

If demography is destiny, in North Korea the guiding force is ancestry. Like his grandfather and father before him, Kim Jong-un suffers delusions of grandeur, surrounded only by frightened sycophants, coveting a place among the world's important nations. As Pyongyang edges closer to building a working nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, Mr. Kim must get the right response to his vow to annihilate his enemies. Tough talk from the United States and its allies is only a stopgap. The solution, short of war, lies with China.

President Trump proposes to cut cherished Obama programs such as support for alternative energy and slashes the EPA budget by 31 percent. (Associated Press)

Trump's 'hard power' budget boosts Pentagon spending, slashes foreign aid

- The Washington Times

President Trump's first budget called Thursday for a dramatic shift from the "soft power" diplomacy of the Obama era to a "hard power" military buildup, cutting the State Department by 28 percent in a slashing of foreign aid, boosting Pentagon spending by 10 percent and budgeting more than $4 billion to start construction of a border wall with Mexico.

From The Vault

Members of the Weapons Operations Division Salute Battery fire howitzers during a Change of Command ceremony at YPG, 25 miles north of Yuma, Ariz., Thursday, June 15, 2017. Matthews replaces outgoing YTC commander Lt. Col. James DeBoer. Yuma Proving Ground is a U.S. Army facility and one of the largest military installations in the world. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

Ensuring military readiness

The first and only mission of an army is to defend the nation. The uncertainty that accompanies the warrior to battle will not be relieved by supplying additional distractions. That's why Secretary of Defense James Mattis must resist the voices urging him to endorse a policy to enable the "transgendered" to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. "The fog of war," as von Clausewitz called it, will only thicken if the ranks are filled with men and women trying to deal with confusion over whether they're male or female.

This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman said it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives. The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs." (Eglin Air Force Base via AP)

Trump sends message in terror fight with big bomb drop

- The Washington Times

The deployment of one of the largest non-nuclear bombs in the U.S. arsenal on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan Thursday marks a new and dramatic step for U.S. forces in the country, sending a message likely to resonate far beyond the battlefields of the 16-year war there.