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


    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 »

    Lessons From Cairo

    We can at least learn from the mess that is Egypt 1. With some allowances for effective campaigning and demagoguery, democracy results in a governemnt which reflects the wishes of a majority of the people. There is no reason to think that would reflect the values or policies of Brussels or Washington D.C. or the interests of minority voter groups. The Egyptian street wanted Morsi, knowing full | Read More »

    Defeating the “Inevitable” Hillary

    It is way too early. We’ve got a Congressional election to get through. And Obamacare implementation. And more datapoints on the decline of Obama’s America – more from Putin, Egypt, Syria, and al Queda; more from the unemployment lines, the NSA, and the IRS. But let’s take a moment to look over the horizon to the potential for a better day. Let’s respond to the increasing | Read More »

    Two Paramount Financial Truths

    The next few months – with the October 1 start of the FY14 budget and the projected $17 trillion debt limit breach by early November – will look like Crazy Season in Washington. With both sides in full political posture mode, two obvious paramount factors risk being obscured. 1. Obamacare will not be repealed. The House has tried this 40 times; a dozen conservative Senators have stated their opinion; Republicans | Read More »

    Reining In the National Security Agency

        On July 24, 94 House Republicans and 111 House Democrats voted to de-fund the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone records – “just metadata” in the administration”s vernacular. Republican and Democratic leadership and the Obama administration narrowly defeated the revolt, but the unquestioned prioritization of national security over individual liberty has ended. The joining of Republican libertarians with Democratic liberals reflected a rapid and major shift | Read More »

    Escalating the Numbing Corruption

    In discussing political corruption there is some risk of sounding like an Old Testament soothsayer, decrying society’s loss of a moral compass as in the story of Lot’s wife or Moses’ destruction of the golden idol.  As Obamacare rolls out there will be massive systemic problems, but the greatest damage is the invitation to corruption inherent in the way that the exchanges are being organized. In the | Read More »

    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 »