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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington, as Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and Vice President Mike Pence, and others look on. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

It's war with Iran. Is America in it to win it?

No one should be under any illusion that what the United States and the West does short of surrender will affect the stated goals of the fanatics, who are in it to win it. Published January 8, 2020

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a public gathering at the city of Yazd, some 410 miles (680 kilometers) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Office of the Iranian Presidency via AP)

Add Iran's leadership to ash heap of history

Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism on the "ash heap of history." It is an objective President Trump might pursue against the mullahs in Iran, who are subsidizing terrorism in the Middle East and threatening to export it elsewhere. Published January 6, 2020

Illustration on the turning of the decade by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

It's worth looking back on life in America 100 years ago

It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. Published January 1, 2020

Illustration on anti-Trump evangelicals by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When anti-Trump evangelicals get political

The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. Published December 30, 2019

 Socialism: Failures Forgotten Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Socialism's cynical appeal

Like swallows returning to Capistrano, socialism makes an appearance on a regular cycle. The current presidential campaign features self-confessed socialist Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, who doesn't self-describe as a socialist, but whose policies closely resemble those of Mr. Sanders. Published December 25, 2019

Gifts for a Service Family Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Grieving at Christmas

"It's the most wonderful time of the year," Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. Published December 23, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump pose during a group photo during a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg rejected Wednesday French criticism that the military alliance is suffering from brain death, and insisted that the organization is adapting to modern challenges. (Peter Nicholls, Pool Photo via AP)

Is U.K. election a prediction for 2020 U.S. presidential race?

"Blowout" was how one U.K. newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week's election. Not only did conservatives win an 80-seat majority in Parliament, a constituency in Blythe Valley in Northeast England elected a conservative member for the first time since its creation 40 years ago. Published December 16, 2019

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, center, and Navy Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, look on as an Air Force carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Navy Seaman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A Saudi gunman killed three people including Haitham in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Saudi sympathies ring hollow after Pensacola shooting

President Trump says he spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman Al-Saud after the killings, and that the king expressed his sincere condolences and has promised to compensate relatives of the dead and those who were wounded in the attack, but that's not enough. Published December 11, 2019

Chick-Fil-A and the Devil Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Chick-fil-A caves to blackmail

It is a truism that a blackmailer is rarely satisfied. Once the payoffs start, there often is no end to them. Published December 2, 2019

In this image released by Netflix, Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the third season of "The Crown,"  debuting Sunday on Netflix. (Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix via AP)

What Britain can teach the U.S. about impeachment

There is a telling scene in Season 3 of the Netflix drama "The Crown" about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II that can instruct contemporary America about Democrats' attempt to impeach President Trump. Published November 25, 2019

Illustration on Democrat desperation to undo Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Desperate, impeachment-driven Democrats

Democrats are desperate to get rid of the president, because one more term of prosperity, especially for minorities, who have mostly been tied to their party, could mean a shift in loyalty. Published November 18, 2019

Illustration on the decline of teaching about history by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Teaching U.S. history to American students lags behind all subjects

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th percentile, respectively. Published November 13, 2019

Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters after witnesses failed to appear under subpoena before House impeachment investigators following President Donald Trump's orders not to cooperate with the probe, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. John Eisenberg, the lead lawyer for the National Security Council, and National Security Council aide Michael Ellis, were scheduled to testify early Monday but not appear. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems last gasp to smear Trump

If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like. Published November 11, 2019