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The spooks have come home to roost

Last week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the intelligence community -- part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections -- now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull share a laugh during the signing of agreements between the two countries at the Commonwealth Parliamentary offices in Sydney, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Netanyahu is on a four-day visit to Australia, the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister. (Dean Lewins/Pool via AP)

The first step toward a safer world

I will never forget the time Menachem Begin, a Nobel Peace laureate and Israel's prime minister from 1977 to 1983, took me into his office and showed me a strategic plan he was to present to the president of the United States.

Black Leadership Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Enlightened, inspired black leadership

After having been assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, one becomes acutely aware of the critical role leadership plays in solving challenging social problems. As an African-American, with that experience, I cannot not but consider the role black leadership plays in addressing African-American issues.

Illustration on Trump's cabinet members' successes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Speaking Trump's truth to power

Donald Trump is the carnival barker with a megaphone and the loudest voice on the midway, shilling for "the greatest show on earth." He's the used-car salesman pushing a battered Buick with manifold sins within covered over with a few coats of slick new paint.

Illustration on the complexities of dealing with illegal immigration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The labyrinth of illegal immigration

Activists portray illegal immigration solely as a human story of the desperately poor from south of the border fleeing misery to start new, productive lives in the United States -- despite exploitation and America's nativist immigration laws.

Illustration on the realities confronting Saudi Arabia's "industrial revolution" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The kingdom, the power and the oil

Saudi Arabia is changing. When government officials here tell you that, you take it with an oversized grain of salt. But when Saudi human rights activists say the same, you pay attention.

Attack on the Earth by the Evil Empire Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Time's misreading of science

As demonstrated by the confirmation hearings of Scott Pruitt for new Environmental Protection Agency chief, all-out war is being waged against the Trump administration by leftists who believe science is under attack from the evil empire.

Illustration on President Obama's comparative literary stature by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, but 44 and grammar do not agree

Did you know this? "Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped -- in his life, convictions and outlook on the world -- by reading and writing as Barack Obama." Frankly, I did not know President Obama was so wedded to books and the printed word as to be compared to Abraham Lincoln, author of the Gettysburg Address, magisterial Second Inaugural, and devotee of Shakespeare.

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Vermont's unsung hero

After years of battling the powers that be in relative anonymity, in January the Burlington Free Press named Annette Smith "Vermonter of the Year." That's a much kinder title than some others have applied.

President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, listens at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The downside of a Trump tariff

When word got out in January 1848 that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California, near Sacramento, it triggered the famous California Gold Rush, which in a few short years brought some 300,000 fortune seekers to the territory, whose population at the time was just 155,000, most of them Native Americans.

Illustration on the need to clean house at U.S. intelligence agencies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Rousting the anti-Flynn cabal

In the anti-Trump media war, it is nearly impossible to keep the names straight without a scorecard. Barely had Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's name faded from the news cycle than he was replaced by H.R. McMaster, another lieutenant general most Americans have never heard of. Will this latest general be any more fortunate than his predecessor? Only if he can overcome the frenzied machinations of the Obama deep state.

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