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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A syndicated columnist since 1984, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). His latest book is “A Watchman in the Night: What I’ve Seen in 50 Years Reporting on America” (Humanix Books, May 2023). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Columns by Cal Thomas

Biden administration dealing with Iran Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden’s bad Iranian deal

The Biden administration is transferring $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets in South Korea to an account in Qatar, which Iran will be able to access, in what appears to be an attempt to get Iran to release five imprisoned Americans. Published August 14, 2023

Illustration on Biden and the withdrawal from Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan reexamined

One of the advantages to a change in majority in one or both houses of Congress is that the public gets to see what the other party won't address or has been covering up. Published August 9, 2023

In this photo taken from video provided by WABC-TV, New York police officers and supervisors hold up a plywood board to protect themselves from debris thrown by a crowd at Union Square, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, in New York. Police in New York City struggled to control a crowd of thousands of people who gathered in Manhattan's Union Square for an Internet personality's video game console giveaway that got out of hand. (WABC-TV via AP)

How to deter criminals

Some years ago, during a crime wave like the one we now seem to be experiencing, a bumper sticker appeared that said "Fight Crime Shoot Back." Published August 7, 2023

Flowers lay atop the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of the late singer Tony Bennett, Friday, July 21, 2023, in Los Angeles. Bennett died Friday at 96, just two weeks short of his birthday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Tony Bennett: More than a ‘crooner’

It was in the early 1960s. I was a copy boy at NBC News, and the overnight disc jockey for a local radio station called and asked if I'd like to go on a boat ride down the Potomac River with his guest, Tony Bennett. Published July 24, 2023

Illustration on the mental fitness of President Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Questions loom about Biden’s mental state

It began shortly after President Biden's inauguration. First, there were whispers and what seemed like slander on far-right websites and social media that the president was suffering from cognitive decline. Published July 12, 2023

Illustration on affirmative action and the nature of equality by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Allowing everyone to compete on an equal plane

Last week's ruling by the Supreme Court that affirmative action in college admissions violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause is an important advancement toward equality for all. Published July 3, 2023

The Death of Journalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Journalism is in trouble, largely of its own making

Before the recently fired CNN President Chris Licht fades into a Google search, it is important to reflect on what he tried to do and why it was equivalent to offering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a corpse. Published June 14, 2023

Illustration on the government's indictment of Trump by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Trump indictment and our two-tier system of justice

In reporting on news of a federal indictment of former President Donald Trump, the Daily Mail posted a video of President Biden backing his Corvette into the garage, which contained boxes of classified documents. Published June 12, 2023