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 Benefit of Clarity

    Clarity is good. Joe Biden is gone. Bernie Sanders  is apparently satisfied with his 15 minutes of fame, choosing not to attack Hillary’s e-mail vulnerability. The Obama Justice Department won’t indict Hillary after got nothing.  Republicans can focus their 2016 plans on the certainty that Hillary will be the opponent. Some conjecture: Hillary’s EFF campaign is based on Experience (First Lady of Arkansas; First Lady of the | Read More »

    Saving Chairman Ryan

    , , and must look at with envy and admiration. With a 257 to 178 majority after the 2008 election, Pelosi was able to pass the Stimulus Plan and Obamacare; with a 247 to 188 majority after the 2014 election the Republicans are barely able to elect a leader. Some of this is due to the recalcitrance of the 40 member Freedom Caucus, but other factors | Read More »

    Hillary’s Enduring Benghazi Problem

    Well, it is nice to have the Democratic presidential debate season over. If there were any doubt, Hillary will be the nominee unless she is indicted (kicking in Plan B – Joe Biden). So, what lies ahead? Hillary’s October 22 appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi will offer the best and last opportunity to get the Secretary’s answers surrounding the attack at the | Read More »

    The Republican Field: Prioritizing National Security

    The recent California Republican Party convention featured foreign policy presentations by , the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and John Bolton, George W Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Both discussed the mess that is Syria, Russian resurgence, the “no strategy” confrontation with ISIS, and the Iranian nuclear agreement. Both concluded that strong, competent foreign policy leadership must be the the first requirement | Read More »

    The Middle East As Obama Winds Down

    Unfortunately our Commander in Chief does not have a plan for the war against ISIS a year after being asked. Also unfortunately, the narcissist is unable to collaborate to find common ground with friends or adversaries, either domestically or internationally. At this point the question in the Middle East is how the regional forces will play out in the absence of American leadership before President | Read More »

    The Politics of Religion and Morality

    Conventional wisdom has it that Republicans had best not speak of religion and morality, even when a majority of Americans agree with them. If they do, it is essential to be right on the facts, and it is helpful to be understated. Recent comments by the Dr Carson and the Pope show a huge contrast in political experience in an age of Political Correctness. The | Read More »

    Obama / Putin / Assad: Act II

    Back in 2012 Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire in Syria by orchestrating a partial turnover of Syria’s chemical weapons to the UN after Obama had declared a “red line” if they were used, Assad’s troops deployed chlorine and sarin gas anyway, and Obama was unwilling or unable to respond. Russia’s current call for direct US-Russian military talks on Syria represent | Read More »

    The Anti-Establishment Mood: Some Conjecture

    Rasmussen’s “right track-wrong track” voter attitude question has been trending downward to its current 68% wrong track level and the presidential candidates anointed by the major political parties are being rejected by the grass roots. How can this be when the economy has been trending upward for seven years, the official unemployment rate is down to 5.1%, and there are no Americans dying in foreign | Read More »

    Hillary’s e-Mails: An Intelligence Perspective

    The Barack Obama / Hillary Clinton years have indisputably been the worst for the American Intelligence community at least since the Office of Strategic Services was created in 1942 – the 2010 WikiLeaks release of thousands of State Department communications; Edward Snowden’s 2013 exposure of the gruesome details of NSA surveillance programs; the decision (apparently made by President Obama) to not come to the aid | Read More »

    Iran: A Sober View

    Within hours of last week’s Iran nuclear deal the Left-wing Democrats, the Israel lobby, and the Obama-haters had all expressed their studied conclusions. Realistically, it will take a few months to understand whether we should be praising Barack Obama and John Kerry (no matter how much we may dislike their politics) or comparing them to “peace in our time” Neville Chamberlain. For better or worse, | Read More »