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


    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 »

    The Have’s and the Have Not’s

    Reality bites. The rich continue to get richer while the middle class and the poor are falling behind. That’s the Democratic narrative, and it is true. Some of this is a continuation of long term trends driven largely by globalization and technology; some is an aftermath of the 2008 Financial crisis; some is a result of Obama administration policies such as Obamacare’s disincentive for small-businesses to | Read More »

    Trusting Government

    One of my favorite writers, Erick Erickson, recently referred to “a time (when) distrust of government is commonly held sentiment.” Trusting government has three dimentions: are they trying to do the right things?; are they competent to do them?; and, are they corrupt? Most of the political energy goes into the first question – and reasonable people can reasonably disagree on the particulars – but | Read More »

    Keystone XL Paralysis

    Not since his year-long dithering before agreeing to double American troop strength in Afghanistan with a commitment to withdraw by a date certain has President Obama so clearly demonstrated his inability to make important decisions. In the interim there have been many examples of his vacillation – budget negotiations with John Boehner, the Libyan revolt, the Benghazi fiasco, and the drip, drip, drip in Syria | Read More »

    The Lame Duck

    Barack Obama has never seemed to be interested in or good at governing – sometimes to the detriment of the nation, and sometimes to our benefit. The paramount question four months into his second term is who will guide the ship of state through 2016. A few points in evidence: – Exhibit number one is the failed effort to do something – anything – after | Read More »

    Seeking Optimism

    At a recent large family outing I got cornered by a liberal Democrat who was lamenting the growing disparity between the rich and the poor and the bleak prospects for the younger generation. With the hard-earned lesson that one doesn’t seek converts in such settings, we steered off to the steep financial bifurcation in sports, music, and writing. Here is what I would have liked | Read More »