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Illustration on politicizing funerals by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When funerals become politics

Using funerals for political purposes has a long, but not distinguished, tradition. In 44 B.C. eulogist Mark Antony claimed to Roman mourners that he came to bury Caesar. But his speech created a frenzy and ended up ensuring a death warrant for the once "honorable" Brutus. Published September 5, 2018

Illustration on the Mueller investigation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The truth will set us all free

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was star-crossed from the start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own admission prompted the investigation — with the deliberate leaking of classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to the press. Published August 29, 2018

Illustration on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The bombs of August

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped a uranium-fueled atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 repeated the attack on Nagasaki, Japan, with an even more powerful plutonium bomb. Published August 22, 2018

Illustration on double standards in the modern justice system by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The double standards of postmodern justice

The New York Times recently hired as a writer and board member Sarah Jeong. The Times knew that in recent years Ms. Jeong had posted a series of unapologetically racist anti-white tweets. She had offered wisdom such as #CancelWhitePeople and expressed hatred for males. Published August 15, 2018

Illustration on the renewal and periodic re-invention of American society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The American art of renewal

"Make America Great Again" is the oft-caricatured slogan of the Donald Trump presidency. When President Trump was elected, he boasted of jump-starting the economy to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 4 percent. Published August 1, 2018

Illustration on solving the problems of NATO by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Reforming NATO is the only way to save it

Donald Trump recently ignited yet another firestorm by hedging when asked whether protecting the newest NATO member, tiny Montenegro, might be worth risking a war. Published July 25, 2018

The Problem with NATO Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NATO's challenge is Germany, not America

During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound — one that has predated President Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. Published July 18, 2018

Illustration on the emotional and political state of the Democrat party by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When the left can't come to grips with losing power

Key Trump administration officials have been confronted at restaurants. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, urged protestors to hound Trump officials at restaurants, gas stations or department stores. Published July 4, 2018

Illustration on redaction and linguistic surgery for exonerating Hillary Clinton by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Scandals sanitized with linguistic trickery

Throughout Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's massive report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation are lots of strange things. One of the weirdest is the extent to which the FBI went to make up words and phrases to disguise reality. Published June 20, 2018

Illustration on Inspector General Michael Horowitz by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

The silencing of the inspectors general

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, an Obama administration appointee, is scheduled to deliver a report this week on DOJ and FBI abuses during the 2016 campaign cycle. Remember: His last investigation of FBI misconduct advised a criminal referral for fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to federal investigators. Published June 13, 2018

Illustration on Europes's vanishing calm by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Europe's vanishing calm

The Rhone River Valley in southern France is a storybook marriage of high technology, traditional vineyards and ancestral villages. High-speed trains and well-designed toll roads crisscross majestic cathedrals, castles and chateaus. Published June 6, 2018

The Watergate Complex is seen in Washington, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The Watergate Hotel, part of a complex made famous by a presidential scandal, is heading to the auction block Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The carnivores of civil liberties

After a landslide loss in the 1972 presidential election, the Democratic Party was resuscitated the following year by the Watergate scandal. The destruction of the Nixon presidency powered the Democrats to make huge political gains in the 1974 elections. Published May 30, 2018

Illustration on U.S. leverage with North Korea and Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The U.S. has the leverage with Iran and North Korea

There has been a lot of misinformation about both getting out of the so-called Iran deal and getting into a new North Korean agreement. The two situations may be connected, but not in the way we are usually told. Published May 23, 2018

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. Published May 9, 2018

Illustration on Trump's negotiation style by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad cop, good cop

During his first 15 months as president, Donald Trump has postured as the bad cop. Published May 2, 2018