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


    Ukraine and Afghanistan: A Tale of Four Presidents

    Somewhere in academia – maybe at Georgetown; maybe at the Sorbonne – a professor is taking notes for her next class of aspiring diplomats. Case studies are the mainstay of business and law schools; this week’s events in Afghanistan and Ukraine offer great sharply contrasating case studies for those aspiring to careers guiding their nations to peaceful resolution of thorny problems. Consider Ukraine: – The western media and the | Read More »

    San Francisco’s War on Car Owners

    We’ve got a conundrum out here on the Left Coast. San Francisco is flooded with money for billion dollar transportation projects (partly as a result of our Representative, Nancy Pelosi guiding the 2009 Stimulus Plan) – the problematic Bay Bridge; the billion-dollar-a-mile Central Subway; the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge; the new Transbay Terminal to receive High Speed Rail (?) But we also have | Read More »

    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 »