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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: - www.RightinSanFrancisco.com (weekly op-ed blog) - The Target - nuclear terrorism thriller

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    The Winning Campaign Theme: Executive Competence

    As Republicans jockey for the pole position for 2016 there are many potential distinguishing factors: moderate or conservative; grass roots or establishment; male or female; Anglo, Hispanic, or something else; Midwest, Southern, Northeast, or West. All of that misses the winning theme – the electorate was twice willing to go with Barack Obama who had no executive experience but offered a feel good opportunity. In 2016 the Democrats | Read More »

    Ukraine: The Way Out

    In Ukraine we see the continuation of an Obama administration pattern that we saw in Libya, Egypt, and Syria – encouragement of crowds to replace the sitting government without a good understanding of who the players were or a plan for what was to follow. The first three were not strategically important to the West, but in Ukraine we are dealing with Vladimir Putin and a resurgent Russia. The | Read More »

    Hillary’s “Accomplishments”: The Better Question

    The question being asked in the blogosphere and occasionally in a press conference is what Hillary actually accomplished during her “frequent flyer” tenure at State. The official Foggy Bottom response – the press office couldn’t think of anything. In her own words, the best that she has been able to come up with is “setting the values and standards.” The better question is: to what extent is Hillary | Read More »

    The Rewards for Supporting Obama

    In any contest – a basketball game, a business deal, a military battle, a political campaign – it is occasionally useful to reflect on how things must look from the other guy’s point of view. In politics one has to work through the puff pieces, the propaganda, and the confusing mounds of data and opinion, but it is still useful to think about President Obama’s | Read More »

    The Great Obamacare Rollout

    Let’s try to learn something from the Obamacare rollout – not just what the New York Times trumpets, but not just what the Drudge Report headlines claim either. There really is some learning here. –  This may be the last gasp of the Obama election turnout machine before he fades as a force in elections. The publicly-funded hundred million dollar advertising campaign and army of “navigators”; the celebrity | Read More »

    The ABCs of Common Core

    With the massive Public Relations campaign for Obamacare registration winding down, the next big $100 million campaign supporting a new federal initiative is ramping up. Five years in the works, the roll out of the first national standards for k-12 education is upon us and half of the states are giving practice tests amid pockets of resistance in several states.  Here is what the Common Core ruckus | Read More »

    The Angst of Veterans

    It is perhaps to be expected that five years into the reign of a liberal Democrat president, after a decade of war, and with four years of increasing budget constraint, the veteran community would have a lot to be unhappy about. And they do. Let’s put the gripes into three buckets: 1. National security policy. The bottom line is that it is hard for people who have risked | Read More »

    The Incredible Shrinking President

    Back in the day Pedro Martinez, the ace Red Sox pitcher, let slip after a losing effort against the Yankees that perhaps they were his Daddy. It seems that within the social strata where male parentage is frequently problematical, the phrase refers to a particular kind of dominance on the street. For the balance of his otherwise brilliant career, every appearance at Yankee Stadium was | Read More »

    Encouragement and Abandonment in the Age of Obama

    You’ve got to suspect that the tide is turning when the Washington Post’s editorial board titles an editorial “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy“, and concludes that  “military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not.” There are no Ukranian names on the masthead | Read More »

    Chuck Hagel’s Budget: Sounding Retreat

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Defense Department budget tells us all what we knew – America’s reduced role on the world geopolitical stage extends far beyond the mere withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan; it includes a conscious plan to reduce our capabilities to project force around the world. It is a plan driven both by the anti-imperialism of President Obama and by the budgetary zeal of Republicans | Read More »