Graduate: USAF Academy; Georgetown University; USAF Intelligence School Employment History: Pabst Brewing (VP): Kraft Foods (VP) Political History: Served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs); 2 Terms on Glendale (Wisc.) School Board; member Oakland (CA) Military Institute charter school Board Hobbies: Politics; Financial Management; Writing Author of: - (weekly op-ed blog) - The Target - nuclear terrorism thriller


    Obamacare as a 2016 Campaign Issue

      In broad strokes, two of Barack Obama’s largest legacies will be ISIS and Obamacare. Hillary Clinton cannot get away from the ISIS legacy – she helped construct and implement the policies which led to the rise of radical Islamic terrorism. However, as she tries to thread the needle between being the successor to a president who still has substantial popularity within the Democratic party, | Read More »

    Indicting Hillary

    The elephant in the room has nothing to do with Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or Hillary Clinton’s “firewall” as the nominating process moves to southern states where African Americans sway the Democratic party. It is quite likely that sometime between the Iowa caucuses on February 1, and the final Washington DC primary on June 14, that the Director of the FBI will recommend that the leading | Read More »

    At War With ISIS

    One section of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was both deathly serious and perplexing. After a preamble putting the most positive spin possible on the war against ISIS, Obama challenged:         “If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, authorize the use of military force against | Read More »

    Reconsidering Bernie

        Is it time to reconsider Bernie Sanders?  Maybe that’s not quite right – consider him for the first time? Many of us have been operating on the assumption that Hillary was inevitable; that the socialist 74 year old junior senator from Vermont was a throw away place holder for Elizabeth Warren who (like Mitt Romney) is probably regretting a decision not to run; | Read More »

    Pondering Donald Trump

    Pondering Donald Trump

    A conundrum indeed!  It is time for the political establishment to acknowledge that Donald Trump is here to stay, to understand why he has not imploded, and to embrace the positives while mitigating the negatives. That involves a bit of humble pie, summoning up respect for his followers, and making commitments as the voice of the voters is about to be heard in Iowa and | Read More »

    Reince Priebus’ Look Back and Forward

    Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Reince Priebus. As chair of the Republican Party in Wisconsin from 2007 to 2010, his ability to get the Tea Party faction to work with the establishment was instrumental in turning the Purple state Red – capturing the Assembly, the Senate, the Governorship, the state Supreme Court, and a majority of the US House | Read More »

    Paul Ryan’s Very Merry Christmas

    Before turning over the House Speakership to in October, “cleaned the barn” by  agreeing with on a two year year budget bill which broke the restrictions of the 2011 sequester, and also passed an increase in the debt ceiling to carry us into 2017. Those were the general numbers; last week came the omnibus tax and spending bills to provide the details through September 2016. | Read More »

    Obama’s American Trajectory

    The holiday season is approaching; let’s be optimists. The American glass is much more than half full. We are still the most powerful nation earth. We still have the largest and most dynamic economy on earth. We are the most diverse and inventive nation on earth. Billions of people would choose to live here if they could. By any measure, the United States has been | Read More »

    Defeating ISIS: Thesis / Antithesis / Synthesis

    Georg Friedrich Hegel’s structure for the development of ideas – thesis; antithesis; synthesis – provides a good framework for understanding the current state of debate about the war against ISIS. President Obama tried to do the right thing with his address to the nation about terrorism – explain the military strategy in the Middle East; explain the strategy for combating domestic terrorism; call for calm | Read More »

    Turkey: The Key To Defeating ISIS

    With the Leader of the Free World focused on restructuring the international economic model to stop global warming, the task of defeating ISIS has fallen to a weak Iraqi government, numerous uncoordinated militias, and several external powers each of which is pursuing its own interests while limiting its exposure.  It is perhaps inevitable that Turkey, given its history and geographic position, would emerge as the central | Read More »