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


    Immigration: Take Number 10

    Back in the Dark Ages, before all of the stuff that Obama didn’t know about – Benghazi, the NSA spying on Americans and foreign leaders, the IRS targeting his political opponents, millions losing their health insurance – before the government shutdown, the Syria fiasco, and the Obamacare website fiasco, there was a general realization that Republicans cannot win national elections with 25% of the Hispanic vote. That has not changed. | Read More »

    Those Lucky Conservatives

    For at least a generation the narrative has been that the inevitable march of history has been toward the expansion of the state as a provider of life’s necessities for the masses and the guarantor of social justice, fairness, and prosperity. For a decade or more there has been an overlay that immigration and ethnic birthrates condemned traditional American social norms and political groupings to | Read More »

    Financial Impasses: Political Fallout

    Most of my Democratic friends, like the White House staff, are gloating about how the government shutdown and the debt ceiling cliff-hanger will scorch the Republicans in the 2014 elections. Not so fast! The polling: NBC/Wall Street Journal polls indicate that the public blames House Republicans more than President Obama for the shutdown by a 53% to 31 % margin, that Republican approval ratings are down to | Read More »

    California GOP Optimism

    A break this week from the gloom and doom of Syria, budget impasses and the debt default – last week I attended the California Republican Convention in Anaheim and found it to be quite encouraging. Let’s start with a bit of realism. The land of Ronald Reagan is pretty barren these days. All eight of the state-wide constitutional offices are held by Democrats. Both US Senators | Read More »

    Obamacare: The Penalty for Presidential Dishonesty

    “It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by  deceit.”  Noel Coward “I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you  in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty  out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by  it.” Charles  Dickens I have mused | Read More »

    Defunding Obamacare: Two Strategies and No Plan

    The debate du jour within the Republican Party is not about philosophy or objectives, it is about the best strategy for defunding Obamacare. One group thinks it must be done now, before it gets ingrained in our national welfare state; the other thinks it more realistic to marshall the political resources to roll it back in 2014 or 2016. Neither adequately addresses what comes next. Some | Read More »

    Syria: The Pelosi Factor

    This is speculation. Generally, one of the benefits of blogging is the ability to embed authoritative links – to polls, to news articles, to expert analysis. This week there are no links, just speculation. The premise: President Obama understood that he’d been badly thrashed by Vladimir Putin and he reached out to the one resource who could match the Russian’s political cunning and ruthlessness – the former House Speaker who had | Read More »

    In Putin We Trust

    Like “nature or nurture” in child rearing, historians can argue about the importance of the individual in the rise and fall of nations – the Mongols without Genghis Khan; the ancient Persians without Cyrus; the Romans without Julius Ceasar; Germany without Hitler; England without Winston Churchill. Vladimir Putin has benefited from vast energy resources, a weak Europe, and a weaker Barack Obama, but he has | Read More »

    In Search of a Syrian Strategy

    Getting past the politics – both domestic and international – almost all of the discussion about Syria in Congress and the media is about tactics. Outside of the context of a broad and consistent strategy tactics are futile. It is no wonder that people really don’t have an answer as to whether a token strike should take place; it is no wonder that liberals like | Read More »

    Seeking Clarity in Syria

    Carl von Clausewitz, the great Prussian military theorist of the early 19th century who discussed war as being an extension of politics, also spoke of the “fog of war” – how in the face of incomplete, dubious, and often completely erroneous information and high levels of fear, doubt, and excitement it was necessary for alert commanders to make rapid decisions – both on the battlefield and at a | Read More »