Editorials

Iran deal seems to be increasing likelihood of nuclear war in Middle East

Leaders in several Middle Eastern countries have seen the handwriting on the wall regarding U.S. acquiescence in a "deal" over Iran's nuclear weapons program. Clearly, they recognize, it will mean atomic warheads on Iranian missiles within just a few years.Some are not waiting to be subjected ...

Congress must find why North Korea strategy is failing, then make changes

U.S. officials are eager to conclude an Iran-style deal to prompt North Korea to scrap its nuclear arsenal, President Barack Obama said last Friday. He added, however, that Pyongyang would have to "be prepared to have a serious conversation," including ways of verifying compliance.That is ...

Conservative Congress needs to get tough on curbing spending

During the next several weeks, conservative members of Congress will face a perfect storm of politics over government spending.First, they have to increase the federal borrowing limit early next month, or some agencies of government will run out of money. Much of what Washington spends is ...

Beware Pakistanis playing possum

A Pakistani official's admission a few days ago does not exactly fall into the category of surprise of the century. Leaders in his country's spy and espionage service knew al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was in their country for some time before a U.S. SEAL team killed him there, the former ...

To Obama, national security is not top priority

When President Barack Obama can blame a "government shutdown" on conservatives in Congress, he spares no demagoguery in portraying them as arch-villains. But when it comes to funding for national defense, that's different.An appropriations bill for the Department of Defense was approved a few ...

If Clinton or Sanders get their way, who do you think will pay?

When Democrat candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appear in their first nationally televised debate Tuesday night, don't look for fireworks of the type engaged in by the large field of Republicans. Both Sanders and Clinton have said they will refrain from ...

Manchin-Toomey proposal a modest step

It would border on the absurd to suggest that a West Virginia senator who owns firearms, hunts with them and once ran a campaign spot featuring him using a rifle to blow a hole in an anti-coal bill is "anti-gun." Yet undoubtedly, Sen. Joe Manchin has drawn a large target for that criticism on ...

Like clockwork, deportation rates slow as election draws near

Not since 2006 has the federal government deported more illegal aliens. But then, not since then have Democrat hopes for the presidency been so low.With the presidential election campaign in full swing, it was revealed this week the government deported just 231,000 illegal immigrants during the ...

Congress must do everything to keep Obama from closing Gitmo

So desperate is President Barack Obama to keep a campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center that he apparently is prepared to put Americans at risk if that is what it takes.Despite bipartisan opposition to the idea, Obama continues to pursue the possibility of closing ...

Independent VA inspector general is good first step to needed reforms

After allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to go for months without a permanent inspector general, President Barack Obama finally is nominating someone for the post. He is Michael J. Missal, a Washington lawyer in private practice.Clearly, the VA needs a no-holds-barred inspector general ...