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


    California GOP Optimism

    A break this week from the gloom and doom of Syria, budget impasses and the debt default – last week I attended the California Republican Convention in Anaheim and found it to be quite encouraging. Let’s start with a bit of realism. The land of Ronald Reagan is pretty barren these days. All eight of the state-wide constitutional offices are held by Democrats. Both US Senators | Read More »

    Obamacare: The Penalty for Presidential Dishonesty

    “It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by  deceit.”  Noel Coward “I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you  in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty  out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by  it.” Charles  Dickens I have mused | Read More »

    Defunding Obamacare: Two Strategies and No Plan

    The debate du jour within the Republican Party is not about philosophy or objectives, it is about the best strategy for defunding Obamacare. One group thinks it must be done now, before it gets ingrained in our national welfare state; the other thinks it more realistic to marshall the political resources to roll it back in 2014 or 2016. Neither adequately addresses what comes next. Some | Read More »

    Syria: The Pelosi Factor

    This is speculation. Generally, one of the benefits of blogging is the ability to embed authoritative links – to polls, to news articles, to expert analysis. This week there are no links, just speculation. The premise: President Obama understood that he’d been badly thrashed by Vladimir Putin and he reached out to the one resource who could match the Russian’s political cunning and ruthlessness – the former House Speaker who had | Read More »

    In Putin We Trust

    Like “nature or nurture” in child rearing, historians can argue about the importance of the individual in the rise and fall of nations – the Mongols without Genghis Khan; the ancient Persians without Cyrus; the Romans without Julius Ceasar; Germany without Hitler; England without Winston Churchill. Vladimir Putin has benefited from vast energy resources, a weak Europe, and a weaker Barack Obama, but he has | Read More »

    In Search of a Syrian Strategy

    Getting past the politics – both domestic and international – almost all of the discussion about Syria in Congress and the media is about tactics. Outside of the context of a broad and consistent strategy tactics are futile. It is no wonder that people really don’t have an answer as to whether a token strike should take place; it is no wonder that liberals like | Read More »

    Seeking Clarity in Syria

    Carl von Clausewitz, the great Prussian military theorist of the early 19th century who discussed war as being an extension of politics, also spoke of the “fog of war” – how in the face of incomplete, dubious, and often completely erroneous information and high levels of fear, doubt, and excitement it was necessary for alert commanders to make rapid decisions – both on the battlefield and at a | Read More »

    Lessons From Cairo

    We can at least learn from the mess that is Egypt 1. With some allowances for effective campaigning and demagoguery, democracy results in a governemnt which reflects the wishes of a majority of the people. There is no reason to think that would reflect the values or policies of Brussels or Washington D.C. or the interests of minority voter groups. The Egyptian street wanted Morsi, knowing full | Read More »

    Defeating the “Inevitable” Hillary

    It is way too early. We’ve got a Congressional election to get through. And Obamacare implementation. And more datapoints on the decline of Obama’s America – more from Putin, Egypt, Syria, and al Queda; more from the unemployment lines, the NSA, and the IRS. But let’s take a moment to look over the horizon to the potential for a better day. Let’s respond to the increasing | Read More »

    Two Paramount Financial Truths

    The next few months – with the October 1 start of the FY14 budget and the projected $17 trillion debt limit breach by early November – will look like Crazy Season in Washington. With both sides in full political posture mode, two obvious paramount factors risk being obscured. 1. Obamacare will not be repealed. The House has tried this 40 times; a dozen conservative Senators have stated their opinion; Republicans | Read More »