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The Parchin Precedent

August 26, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Initially, I thought the news was beyond parody. The Associated Press last week ran a story headlined: "U.N. to let Iran inspect nuke work site." I soon realized that this revelation — a secret side agreement under which Iran is to police its own suspected nuclear weapons facilities — was too ludicrous not to parody.

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Restoring peace through strength

August 19, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Here's a question I might suggest be asked of our presidential hopefuls: In a time of war, would unilateral disarmament be a good idea?

Here's how I might suggest they reply: This is a time of war, stupid. We have troops in Afghanistan and (again) in Iraq. Perhaps, as President Obama appears to believe, "engagement" will transform Iran from a revolutionary terrorist sponsor into an upstanding member of the "international community" but, for now, "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" remain among the openly proclaimed goals of its rulers.

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A laudatory letter to Chuck Schumer

August 12, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Dear Sen. Schumer,

Or may I call you "Chuck"? About 30 years ago when I first met you, you were an informal kind of guy. You had recently been elected to the House from a district in Brooklyn and Queens. I was a New York Times reporter. I remember you were sharing a rowhouse with two other House members — Leon Panetta was one — and I wrote a story about that. I always thought it could be the premise for a situation comedy. ("Friends with Entitlements"? Just kidding).

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Mounting a defense against economic warfare

August 5, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Attempts to exterminate Israel through what we have come to call "kinetic warfare" began immediately following Arab rejection of the U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 — the first offer of a "two-state solution." Against all odds, the fledgling Jewish state prevailed in that conflict, as it did in other wars waged by coalitions of its Arab neighbors, including the Six Day War of 1967 (which ended with Israelis taking Gaza from Egypt, and East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan) and the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

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Defeating the mortal enemies

July 29, 2015  •  The Washington Times

"The enemy has to be defeated," U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last week told American forces stationed in the Middle East. That is a simple truth, one that, regrettably, is not heard often from officials in the current administration. Mr. Carter then added: "It will be, because the barbarians are always defeated by civilization." That is a comforting sentiment — one that, regrettably, is not supported by historical evidence.

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