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


    The Sad Senate: Present and Future

    Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have a lot in common: both are long term products of the Senate’s fight against meritocracy; neither has a lock on the voters of their home state; both are happy to let subordinates (Chuck Schumer; Marco Rubio/John McCain) be the face of decision making; both usually seem to be asleep, although Harry may not be. In this week’s stand-off all that McConnell had to | Read More »

    Immigration: Getting Inside the House’s Head

    Most of what you hear about the fate of immigration reform in the House misses the point. Passage in 2013 will not be determined by the merits of secure borders, Obamacare for illegals, or even the economic cost or benefit. It is not even about the 73 % of Latinos who voted for Obama in 2012.  The questions are more personal than that: 1. “In | Read More »

    Obama’s Long Term Damage

    It is hard to know which of four “continuing to unravel” subjects has been the most mismanaged, creating the most long term detriment to the United States: 1. The Middle East – Benghazi non-engagement (demonstrating the ability to attack Americans with impunity); meaningless ultimatums on Syria; Egyptian turmoil. We will never know what could have been done with the Arab Spring opportunity, but we do | Read More »

    Seeking Obama’s Friends

    Many of my Democrat friends are bemoaning the lack of any personal relationship between the President and Congressional leaders – not only John Boehner (who he stiffed on the Grand Bargain in 2011) and Mitch McConnell (who targeted his defeat after the Obamacare trampling in 2009), but also Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other leaders of his party. The embarrassing inability to do anything on | Read More »

    California’s “ABAG Ghettos”

    Much of what you hear about California’s leading edge environmental legislation deals with the impact of the new-in-2013 “cap and trade” levies on manufacturing and utilities, the refusal to exploit the Monterrey shale and off shore oil and gas deposits, the rush toward electric cars and solar power, and the relation to fleeing employers. This posting will deal with the emerging picture of what it | Read More »

    Obama’s 1984

    Only partisans and ideologues are not conflicted about the intelligence community’s domestic spying program and the trade-off between security and liberty. Four basic questions deserve attention: 1. What is going on? – The National Security Agency has been making a record of virtually all telephone calls in the United States – number, duration, origin and destination – in a program whose roots reach back to | Read More »

    Kathleen Sibelius: The Fading Hope for Obama’s Legacy

    Pity poor Kathleen Sibelius. Just a short time ago she was to be the face of Barack Obama’s signature achievement, bringing inexpensive and comprehensive healthcare to the masses. A well-regarded former Kansas governor and one of the few remaining original cabinet members, she had the plum job – no responsibility for the “going nowhere” economy; no part of the willful reduction in world influence; no | Read More »

    Trusting the Attorney General

    Sometimes the law is simple; at other times it involves seemingly irreconcilable conflicts between first principles such as national security and freedom of the press. In those circumstances it is critical that the public trust the nation’s chief law enforcement officer as being able to place principle above politics. Sometimes the Attorney General has risen to the occasion – Nixon’s Elliot Richardson refusing to fire | Read More »

    The IRS Special Counsel

    There is much logic to calls by Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and others for a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ assault on conservative organizations. Unfortunately this tool to restore the public’s trust will most likely not be used. A brief history: During the Watergate scandal in 1973, Attorney General Elliot Richardson appointed Archibald Cox as special prosecutor to investigate the break-in. When Nixon demanded | Read More »

    Current Scandals in Perspective

    Let’s not over-state the significance of this week’s emerging scandals in Washington. The history of Western civilization is a story of the rise of the standing of the individual against the coercive power of the state. From Socrates’ poison hemlock, to the Magna Carta, to the French Revolution, to the American Constitutional Convention “we the people” gained ascendency. More recently the power of the state | Read More »