Daniel Gallington | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

Daniel Gallington

Articles by Daniel Gallington

Illustration on examining the FISA court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Questioning accountability on the secret court

Story after story comes out about the extent to which partisan politics played a key role in the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), intelligence community and FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign. It's especially so in the context of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and the more recent suggestions of a "mole" or "spy" inside the Trump campaign. Published May 23, 2018

Illustration on Kim Jong-un's diplomatic wish list by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Kim Jong-un really wants

If one were to make a list of "what Kim really wants" in his discussions with the U.S., such would be quite straightforward, however — at least so far — they have not been expressed as such. Published April 22, 2018

Illustration on Chinese internal debate on the Korean question by Grweg Groesch/The Washington Times

A simulated debate about North Korea

Napoleon Bonaparte said: "China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world." Now, of course, China has long been awakened — and all the world knows it. Published February 26, 2018

Illustration on China's role in diffusing the North Korean nuclear threat by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Nobody's fool over North Korean nukes

Our news-hack kids — or, as Obama chief spinner Ben Rhodes called them, the "27-year-old know-nothings" — don't have a clue as to the operative history of the North Korean nuclear threat to Asia, the Pacific and the United States. Published December 12, 2017

Illustration on three major Washington types by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lawyers, liars and horndogs

Washington has always had lots of lawyers — it's the very nature of this power town; lots of liars — it's the very nature of politics; and, as we have recently discovered, yet again, lots of real horndogs — it's the very nature of power politics. Published December 4, 2017

No choice for China

If China doesn't decide to intervene and essentially "denuclearize" North Korea — and soon — the Pacific region will "nuclearize" itself, in reaction to China's inaction and the growing North Korean nuclear threat. Published November 20, 2017

Illustration on retooling the military for the future by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making room for a Space Corps

Ignored by the "inside the Beltway" media has been the heroic efforts of Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican, as he struggles against the "corporate" Air Force to establish a separate Space Corps service. Published October 24, 2017

Remembering why Donald Trump was elected

If you're one of the 63 million who voted for President Trump, you agonize as you watch the evening news -- because you know it's going to be mostly negative coverage and commentary. Published August 30, 2017

Russia probe may see indictments by Mueller

The grand jury is the prosecutor's best friend: If he wants to get rid of a weak, unpopular or politically incorrect situation, he does a "slow roll" to the grand jury and then says, "Well, the grand jury refused to indict," and shrugs his shoulders. The case -- and whatever controversies are associated with it -- simply goes away and the prosecutor washes his hands of it. Published August 9, 2017

Illustration on Trump's direct communication with the American people through his Twitter messages by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

President Trump's tweets

I admit, I'm a real fan of President Trump's tweets. It's an uncensored, uninhibited and direct way for him to react and communicate "his take" on daily events. Even though his lawyers may cringe and wish he wouldn't tweet, it has changed -- forever -- the "natural order of things" in Washington D.C., a city forever in love with itself. Published July 17, 2017

Illustration on locking down North Korea's nuclear weapons threat by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A nuclear trip wire for North Korea

Now that North Korea has a bunch of nukes and is testing ways to deliver them by ballistic missile, we need to address the stark realities of what this new threat really means for us. Published June 28, 2017

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

How 'showboater' Comey screwed up

What gets James Comey in trouble is that he leaked official memos that were most probably classified. He should have turned them over to the FBI or somewhere else in the Justice Department and then simply kept his mouth shut. And if he didn't trust anybody at the department, he should have sent the memos on to the congressional intelligence committees (and thereby been protected as a whistleblower). Published June 14, 2017

Illustration on the undermining of the Trump administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Loyalty matters

Donald Trump won the presidency because of a key sector of votes in traditionally Democratic states -- votes based primarily on the dramatic economic decline in these industrial-manufacturing regions. In short, the election was another confirmation that, absent a perceived and immediate catastrophe of some kind, most people, quite understandably, vote their economic interests and concerns -- i.e., jobs, jobs and jobs. Published June 7, 2017

Illustration on clueless, know-nothing spinning events in the Obama administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

27-year-old know-nothings

Many think as a society we have slipped past the line defining our ability to discern reality from political spin. On the other hand, we are generations of conditioned consumers who have been subjected to the most sophisticated ad campaigns ever imagined. In short, if there is or has ever been a way to sell something, we have heard or seen it. Published November 29, 2016

Illustration on potential Obama pardons by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Who will Obama pardon?

Looking beyond the upcoming election to the last few days of Barack Obama's legal status as a president, it's interesting to speculate who he might pardon from their past criminal behaviors, whether indicted, convicted, incarcerated or released, or whether they are just under investigation. Published November 1, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Bless their Cold War hearts

The Details: What exactly is "neoconservatism" and where did it come from? Published September 21, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's corrupt background by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The lie that is Hillary

Many of us remember the classic line from the "Seinfeld" show, that "it's not a lie if you believe it." Applying that theme to the evolution of Hillary Rodham, then Hillary Rodham Clinton, and now just plain Hillary Clinton, here are the notable accomplishments of her "public service" career: Published June 19, 2016

Trump and GOP Support Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's leverage

Donald Trump is our latest counterculture political hero who has captured the attention of millions of frustrated American voters -- both Democrat and Republican -- with his sharp criticism of the self-perpetuating and often incompetent Washington political establishment. Published June 6, 2016

Illustration contrasting the European and American approaches to air travel security by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lessons in the wake of EgyptAir

Thousands of missed flights. Mile-long waiting lines at airports. Then just when Americans are ready to scream over passenger screening delays, another aircraft goes down in the Middle East, hammering home the difficulty of balancing airline accessibility with security. Published May 22, 2016