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


    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 »

    Election 2016: The National Security Vote

    Amid the changing demographics and social attitudes of Americans, one constant – at least post-Vietnam – is respect and appreciation for those who have served their country in the armed services. (The consensus is strong enough that Hillary Clinton makes a “two pinnochios” claim that the anti-war law school graduate who had just moved to Arkansas with Bill Clinton made an effort to join the Marines | Read More »

    Syrian Refugees: Restoring the Proper Focus

    Democrats always seem to be better at Public Relations than are Republicans. When faced with an indefensible position, they change the subject. Here we have a totally discredited Middle East strategy in which Hillary Clinton is inextricably complicit, particularly in Libya, but also in its grand design. We have a narcissist president who cannot admit, probably even to himself, that his policies have encouraged, then | Read More »

    Explaining Trump

    Several of my Democratic friends have asked for an explanation of the Trump phenomenon, some even offering insights from their normal sources of political wisdom such as the New Yorker (The Republican Class War: In 2016, will conservatives finally face the realities of inequality?) and Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams (How to Spot a Wizard).  Some of the questions represent real seeking of understanding; others are | Read More »

    Paul Ryan’s Decisive Speech

      Dateline: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Rarely has a presidential election turned so decisively on one speech, much less one by somebody other than the candidates. For posterity, I will include that speech by House Speaker in its entirety: “Thank you Donald (or Ben, or Jeb, or Marco, or … it didn’t matter) for inviting me to join you in Columbus on this beautiful October | Read More »