RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 30, 2014 – While many members of the media seem to be preoccupied by President Obama’s fashion choices, those of us who live in the real world have a greater concern about his choice of priorities. He appears to place a more significant emphasis on political fund raising and delivering canned speeches than he does on developing cogent strategies and providing visible leadership. Die-hard supporters may dismiss such charges (arguing that the President is diligently involved in the background), but the facts belie their zealous commitment … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 21, 2014 – From the apparent shooting down of Malaysian flight MH17 to the flood of immigrants across our southern border, only one thing is certain: Our response will be random rather than strategic. Since we have divorced ourselves from the concept of being a “Nation of Laws” and replaced it with an ad hoc approach that allows for more “flexibility” when it comes to addressing crises, the world may “like” us more when times are good but it can no longer count on us when times are bad. We need a definitive foundation upon which to base our decisions, and we need to become far more consistent in setting an example rather than merely advocating one … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 17, 2014 – March Madness is in the air and spilling into international politics. Is Ukraine the site of the global Final Four, or is it just another early round battle of a few lower seeds that serve as sacrificial lambs for the two heavy favorites? Do you even remember how the countries made it into the “tournament”?
In case you have forgotten, the recent upheaval in Ukraine began when its duly-elected President Yanukovych refused to sign a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) in favor of pursuing stronger ties with Russia … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 10, 2014 – The Ukrainian crisis seems to have caught many Americans by surprise, which is surprising in itself… or perhaps just disappointing. Our Nation and its leaders seem to be captivated by the moment; living in a Twitter-like world that carries an attention span of 140 hours instead of 140 characters. While it is discouraging with respect to our citizens, it is totally unacceptable with regard to our Government … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 27, 2013 — President Obama has spoken forcefully on numerous occasions about the United States’ unique role when it comes to responding to international violations of human rights. His recently appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has written multiple books about the issue. Yet, in the absence of a coherent foreign policy, how will our nation respond to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war?
On March 28, 2011, President Obama delivered a speech at the National Defense University about the Libyan crisis that had hints of what has since transpired in Syria. Obama said … Read more