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How to be a good spy

Veteran CIA officer Burton Gerber was unhappy when he returned to headquarters to run the Soviet and East Europe Division. The problem was a policy which he felt stifled operations against the Soviets.

Lie spreaders should pay

So special counsel Robert Meuller crawled out of the liberal slime following his report that exonerated President Trump — only to start up with half truths, innuendos and insinuations that the president should be impeached. I am sick of this.

EDITORIAL: Angst in Alabama over Roy Moore

The Republicans really, really don't want Roy Moore to run again for the U.S. Senate. He might be the only politician in Alabama more unpopular than Doug Jones, the Democratic incumbent, but he could scramble a primary and might open a way for Mr. Jones to win another term. Republicans know they have to be careful in dealing with Roy Moore. Voters don't like it when outsiders meddle, even if they're friendly outsiders.

Oust destructive 'leaders'

All U.S. citizens, from the blue-collar worker to the president of the United States, are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This principle is a cornerstone of American liberty. However, when radicals in our government start eroding our liberties so their egos and arrogance can be satisfied, it is time to ignore the radicals instead. It is time to oust them using our vote. There is no place for them in our hallowed halls of government.

 In this April 2, 2019, file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

The D.C. statehood vote that counts

- The Washington Times

Supporters for making the District of Columbia the 51st state are happy because the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a hearing for July 24, when Americans everywhere and in the throes of planning for their summer fun and back-to-school routines -- not beating a drum for D.C. statehood, or Donald Trump, for that matter.

Special counsel Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Washington, about the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Robert Mueller just wants to feel the love again

- The Washington Times

Robert Mueller just wants to feel the love again. His press clippings have faded and life hasn't been the same for the man choking on rectitude and righteousness, not since he turned in his account of the vain pursuit of Donald Trump and the Russians. After more than two years trying to find the president in bed with Vladimir Putin, he didn't even find the bed.

Illustration on the Argentine election by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Don't cry for Argentina, yet

Venezuela has been stealing the headlines coming out of the emerging world (actually, the "submerging" world) of late, but Argentina should be getting some attention too.

Illustration on relations with Taiwan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Advancing the strong U.S.-Taiwan relationship

The United States and Taiwan share a long history as partners for good in a changing world. We have cooperated in recent years through the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework on such issues as energy security, law enforcement, media literacy, public health, humanitarian assistance and women's empowerment. Our work has produced results all over the globe, from alleviating suffering caused by Ebola outbreaks in Africa to housing displaced refugees in the Middle East.

Beacon of Democracy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A new political era dawns in Kazakhstan

On June 9, the Kazakh people will have the opportunity to elect a president from seven candidates, the largest number and most diverse group of contenders to participate in a Kazakh presidential election. The election will serve as an opportunity to show our allies how far we've come as a nation. And in that spirit, our government has officially invited more than 1,000 international observers from 10 international organizations, including the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Commonwealth of Independent States.

FILE - In this Friday, April 5, 2019, file photo, a protester gathers containers that look like OxyContin bottles at an anti-opioid demonstration in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. The U.S. has backed away from recommending opioids for long-term treatment of chronic pain. Nevertheless, companies continue pushing the drugs in other countries, and consumption is growing. Researchers in Brazil report, for example, that prescription opioid sales have increased 465 percent in six years. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Dealing with a scourge

Every decade produces a new drug to terrorize the mean streets, the family hearth and especially threatens the young. Heroin was the scourge of the '70s. Cocaine scourged the '80s and crack was the nightmare of the '90s, hitting hardest those trying to survive on the margins and who would mortgage the future for a brief escape from misery. To be sure, these drugs have been with man for centuries, but they have returned to modern times with a vengeance.

Thankful for small mercies

In these politically divisive times, I offer a potential point of bipartisan consensus: We should all be grateful that special counsel Robert Mueller did not pursue a career in medicine ("Mueller exits, won't exonerate Trump," Web, May 29). Herewith a snapshot from the hospital wards:

Anything for votes

Special counsel Robert Mueller cast many lines into deep and murky Beltway waters and, after almost two years of fishing for the big one, caught only minnows ("The impeachment pipe dream," Web, May 29). His many casts for a conspiracy to collude between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government in order to deep-six the Clinton campaign were all dry, as empty as the deflated Democrats.

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman

The great "gray bard," poet Walt Whitman, would have turned 200 today. As someone who greatly admires the work of Whitman, I have had many conversations over the years with people who simply do not favor him as much as I do.

Drones in Yemen keep this thriller percolating

This tale from thriller writer David Ricciardi takes place in Zinjibar, Yemen. The main character, Jake Keller, is there on his first mission with the CIA's elite Special Activities Center working alongside senior officer Curt Roach.

In this photo released by the Foreign Office, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, attends meeting with Pakistani officials at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, May 24, 2019. Zarif is in Pakistan Friday on a critically timed visit amid a crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next week's emergency Arab League meeting called by Saudi Arabia as regional tensions escalate.(Pakistan Foreign Office via AP) **FILE**

Trump's full-court press puts the squeeze on Iran

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration has made the decision to push for regime change in Iran, whether U.S. officials want to admit it publicly or not. There is no "negotiating" with the mullahs in Tehran, even if multiple American presidents in recent history have attempted to do just that, with disastrous results.

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