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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters on the morning after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Pelosi refused to say Wednesday when she'll send the impeachment articles against Trump to the Senate for the trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Parsing the Pelosi pause

It happens: A prized Christmas gift, buried under a mountain of torn wrapping paper, gets thrown away by mistake. Impeachment is like that. It's both the most momentous story of the just-concluded year and, owing to the bustle of the holidays, the most forgotten. As Americans take down the ornaments and look up the headlines they disregarded during the Yuletide season, the conscientious need to turn a wary eye toward the efforts to expel a U.S. president without the use of the ballot box.

Well done, President Trump

After 20 years of our brave servicemen being killing and maimed, our great president has killed the killer. Qassem Soleimani was the second in command in Iran's government and a brutal madman. Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to protect America.

A resolution to keep

Beginning in December and running thru January, newspapers, TV talking heads, the fitness industry and magazine periodicals busy themselves with questionnaires, tips and long-form articles offering advice and cautions about how one can successfully change a behavior. After a few weeks, virtually everyone polled admits that they have fallen off the proverbial resolution wagon. But there is hope for those who are serious, even desperate, to improve their daily lives and self-esteem.

'Write Like a Beast' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Write Like a Beast'

There's a lot more to the writing of stories than readers ever see. There's the research, of course, and character development, and outlining. Most people could probably understand that much if they sat down and thought about it. But there's so much more below the surface.

Virginia is for Gun Lovers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Virginia's 'Second Amendment Sanctuaries'

Elections have consequences. Virginia, which for decades had been considered reliably conservative, is now firmly in "progressive" hands and quickly morphing into one of the most liberal states in the East.

Dousing the Iran Threat Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iran's proxy war against the United States just got harder

United States Marines of a certain age rejoiced at the killing of Qassem Soleimani in early January. For over four decades Iran has conducted a proxy war against the United States with virtual impunity and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Quds Force has been the main instigator behind it.

In this frame grab from video posted online, people try to resuscitate victims of a deadly stampede at a funeral procession for a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, in Kerman, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019. Two Iranian semi-official news agencies reported that the stampede in Kerman that killed dozens of people and injured over 200 others took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession got underway. (AP Photo)

Soleimani funeral stampede shows savagery of U.S. enemies

- The Washington Times

Forty died and more than 200 were injured during funeral services for the killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Don't know about funerals in your neck of the woods. But typically, in more civilized section, stampedes and angry rallying and loud vows to kill Americans and attack U.S. spots are not part and parcel of the whole funeral procession experience.

People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's New Year's speech at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Moon said he hopes to see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fulfill a promise to visit the South this year as he called for the rival Koreas to end a prolonged freeze in bilateral relations. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea's opposition sounds a warning

- The Washington Times

South Korea's very normalcy is a triumph. The country is rich, democratic and stable -- and became that way in record time. Yet under the leadership of President Moon Jae-in, the most left-wing leader in the history of South Korea, those achievements are in peril, says Rep. Lee Ju-young, the deputy speaker of the South Korean National Assembly and a member of the opposition Liberty Korea Party.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, on the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi, 2020, keeps up 'bizarre' impeachment strategy

- The Washington Times

Christmas is over, New Year's has ended, 2020 has begun, and what's on the table for Congress is the same that was set last year by Democrats in the House -- impeachment. And that's curious because, in the words of Democrats, impeaching President Donald Trump was a national security must-do, must-do right now.

Thank Obama for Iran, Iraq

Thanks to former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, Iraq is already a fiefdom of Iran ("Neutralizing Soleimani," Web, Jan. 5). Obama/Biden's foreign policy in Iraq was irresponsible and allowed Iran to take political control of the country during U.S. occupation.

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Choosing to be the strong horse

Fortune has its price. The United States is blessed among the nations, but with prosperity has come responsibility, and the Middle East has a way of exacting that obligation. Until such time that the world no longer needs the region's oil riches as the lifeblood of progress, the red, white and blue must remain visible from every angle. Always-angry Iran may gnash its teeth and live-and-let-live Americans may cringe, but there really is no alternative.

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