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Haircuts and Hillary

If I were to confess my prejudice for Greek barbers, what would be said of me? Well, it depends on where I said it. If were in Athens when I said that I prefer Greek barbers, my preference would be perfectly understandable. I might even become an instant celebrity.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Pow

What a difference 27 years makes. In 1989, Francis Fukuyama published his now-famous article in The National Interest -- a thoughtful publication to which I am proud to be a contributing editor -- proclaiming "The end of history": "What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of humanity's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government."

President Barack Obama greets guests after awarding the 2016 National Teacher of the Year to Jahana Hayes, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Slouching toward a war

The endless wars in the Middle East continue. America and the West, despite the most fervent wishes, can't escape them. Despite President Obama's insistence that he has pulled America out of the conflicts, an American role continues. It's the curse of big power.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs during a campaign stop in Charleston, W.V., Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The 'friend' of West Virginia

The loose lips that sink ships, as in a memorable World War II cautionary slogan, can sink a careless candidate, too. West Virginia was a reliable blue state in 1999 when Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore were preparing for what would become an epic battle for the White House. West Virginia looked safe for the Democratic nominee; the state had not voted for a Republican in 36 years.

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Who to blame for the rise of Trump?

Dr. Frankenstein created the monster that bore his name, and if Dr. Jekyll had not conducted those experiments in his laboratory, Mr. Hyde would never have emerged to terrorize London.

Peace through food

President Obama caused a stir across the pond last month when he waded into the debate over whether the United Kingdom should quit the European Union. Mr. Obama urged the country to remain within its supranational government, pointing to the economic benefits and suggesting that an exit would threaten trade ties with the United States.

Lackind Combat Readiness Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Neutering U.S. combat air forces

Willfully ignoring the effects of 15 years of combat, President Obama, Congress and Pentagon leaders are causing the readiness of our combat aircraft to sink to so low a level that it clearly endangers national security. It's a matter of shrunken budgets and awful planning.

FILE - In this April 1, 2015, file photo, students and other supporters protest on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, in support of raising the minimum wage for campus workers to $15 an hour. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday, May 2, 2016, they will not hear a challenge to Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage from franchise owners who say the law discriminates against them by treating them as large businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Junk economics at work

Last Friday, Service Employees International Union chapter President David Rolf came to Washington D.C. to promote his new book, "The Fight for $15." Predictably, the book makes the claim that more than doubling the federal minimum wage will be all gain and no pain, lifting millions of people out of poverty without costing jobs.

Climate Change Gravy Train Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The return of pseudo-science

This past month, I received an email from a European friend (who has a doctorate in chemistry) saying: "Dear Richard: Now you are a member of this illustrious club! I am beginning to be afraid! What is going on?" It seems my name had been put on a "Global Warming Disinformation Database."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

More news to rattle the Republican elites

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Public-opinion polls are great parlor-game fun, like Monopoly or charades, but if you're looking at a poll in May to determine the winner in November, you might as well consult a plate of chicken entrails. Be careful not to spill anything on the carpet.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World'

In 2003 President Bush asked Zalmay Khalilzad, a high-ranking National Security Council official, to see him. To Mr. Khalilzad's surprise, he asked him if he would be willing to go to Afghanistan as the next ambassador. Caught off-guard, Mr. Khalilzad responded, "Well, Mr. President, I actually left Afghanistan to live here. Why do you want to send me back?"

Criminal Intent Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The criminal justice bill still ignores intent

Last fall, a group of senators introduced legislation to reduce prison sentences for various drug and firearm offenses and to enable prisoners to earn credit toward early release. Almost immediately, the bill ran into opposition from critics who worried it would let dangerous criminals out of jail and reverse the decades-long nationwide drop in crime.

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