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An Afghan soldier speaks to civilians gathered outside a military base in Panjwai, Afghanistan, on Sunday, March 11, 2012, after a U.S. service member allegedly killed 16 Afghans, including nine children and three women. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

EDITORIAL: A tragedy in Afghanistan

Reports of a lone solider allegedly massacring 16 Afghan civilians was a body blow to the image of U.S. troops fighting the difficult, decade-long war there. Sunday's deadly rampage southwest of Kandahar came shortly after days of rioting following revelations that NATO forces had improperly disposed of religious writings, including Korans. It's been a difficult few weeks in the battle for Afghan hearts and minds. Published March 12, 2012

Traders work in the crude oil options pit on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange, where on Friday crude fell to $118 a barrel amid signs that economic slowdowns in the U.S. and Europe may curtail demand.

GHEI: Global slowdown

The global scope of the economic downturn is now official. On Monday, China cut its economic-growth expectation to 7.5 percent, down from the lofty 8 percent level where it has been since 2005. Unless governments all over the world undertake significant structural reform, the downward spiral could continue for a very long time. Published March 9, 2012

Job hunters wait in line to enter an employment event for Safeway in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

EDITORIAL: Standing still on unemployment

Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday show the unemployment rate has refused to budge. Despite 227,000 new jobs in February, the number of unemployed Americans remained unchanged at 12.8 million, as did the high 8.3 percent unemployment rate. Some 5.4 million have been jobless for more than 27 weeks, and a million have simply thrown in the towel and no longer look for work. These grim facts leave little room for optimism. Published March 9, 2012

President Obama meets March, 5, 2012, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Why Obama fears Israel

President Obama offered to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu military assistance for a strike on Iran. The catch is, Israel must delay action until after the November election. That's according to several major news outlets which ran reports based on unnamed sources from Monday's White House meeting. Whether or not this report is accurate, it underscores the power dynamics behind the nascent crisis with the Islamic Republic. Published March 8, 2012

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. answers questions Monday during a news conference at the Justice Department about the sucesses of "Operation Broken Trust," a federal task force targeting investment fraud. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama and the assassin's creed

This week, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. laid out the Obama administration's rationale for assassinating Americans abroad. Cutting through the rhetoric, the argument still amounts to saying, "because we can." Published March 7, 2012

Richard Rahn says the Briton George Soros does political favors for left-wing politicians and uses them for his own advantage.

EDITORIAL: Cash for billionaires

Democrats are fond of playing the class-warfare card in calling for tax hikes on "millionaires and billionaires." It's their way of pretending to stand for the little guy. The latest actions in the Senate, however, show they stand more with the ultra-wealthy than with middle-class taxpayers. Published March 7, 2012

President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Internet police

It's the same old story. Ever since the Internet became popular, politicians have looked for a way to sink their claws into it. They hate the idea that the public might communicate and engage in commerce largely free from governmental red tape. So President Obama last month announced a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to give Uncle Sam more of a role in shaping the online experience. Published March 6, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama undermines coal

The genius of the free market is that it provides consumers with more for less. That principle is turned on its head in the Obama era, as Americans face the prospect of getting less for more when it comes to powering their homes and workplaces. In a poor economy, that's bad news for folks who've already tightened their belts to the final hole. Published March 5, 2012

Illustration: Big Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Big government expectations

The government has grown so large that nobody really knows where its $3.8 trillion in annual spending goes. Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) tries - and fails - to make sense of federal-agency ledgers. On Thursday, GAO refused once again to certify the official balance sheets because they are so shoddily kept. Published March 2, 2012

**FILE** The Supreme Court is seen in Washington on May 3, 2011. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Taking back property rights

Congress is taking steps to reverse a Supreme Court decision that turned a thriving middle-class community into a waterfront wasteland. It's about time Kelo was knocked off-kilter. Published March 2, 2012

Illustration: Sea of red ink by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: State pensions in the red

New York is the latest state struggling to bail out its overgrown public pension system. Like the retirement programs of other state and local governments nationwide, the Empire State's program is in the red, and it's looking for $750 million in loans this year. What's worrisome is that until just a few years ago, New York pensions were considered adequately funded. Published March 1, 2012

Shadows of Syrians are reflected on a giant poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally in support of the leader in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

EDITORIAL: Assad the war criminal

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Syrian strongman Bashar Assad might be a war criminal. The question is how many more civilians he has to kill to convince her. Published March 1, 2012

Illustration: Obama taxes

EDITORIAL: Obama's unfair tax hikes

President Obama says wealthy Americans need to pay significantly higher taxes. A new poll shows most Americans think the rich should get a tax cut. Published February 29, 2012

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Keeping Obama guessing on Iran

Israel has adopted a new "don't ask, don't tell" policy. In this case, it refers to not telling President Obama about presumed plans to take military action against Iran. Published February 29, 2012

A municipal employee walks through ankle-deep algae on a Brittany beach last month. In July, a horse and rider were mired in the muck and the algae's noxious fumes quickly killed the horse. The rider was rescued.

EDITORIAL: Obama's goofy green gas

President Obama says there are no "silver bullets" that can shoot down gasoline prices that have skyrocketed from $4 a gallon to $5. Nevertheless, he's seized upon algae - his fuel of the future - as a solution. It may be inventive to turn turtle food into gas, but until turtle shells sport racing stripes, America's drivers are likely to prefer petroleum products to power their rides. Published February 28, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

EDITORIAL: Virginia's taxing governor

With the Republican National Convention less than six months away, candidates vying for the GOP nod are starting to give thought to possible running mates. In discussions of how best to achieve geographic and ideological balance on a ticket, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's name frequently pops up. Based on his recent actions, it shouldn't. Published February 28, 2012

U.S. soldiers with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stand guard at the scene of a suicide attack in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. In a separate incident, a senior U.S. defense official says all six reported killed in the crash of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan were U.S. Marines. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

EDITORIAL: Afghan havoc

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has bemoaned the politicization of the current chaos in Afghanistan. She has yet to raise that objection against the Obama administration's crowing about the death of Osama bin Laden. Published February 27, 2012