With the recent rash of executive orders, political lines have been drawn in the sand. Supporters of President Trump have praised his use of executive orders as strongly as they had objected to it under the Obama administration. Correspondingly, critics of the Trump administration, who had previously endorsed former President Obama’s aggressive use of his “pen-and-phone” tactic, now shed tears and organize protests about the new administration’s mirroring of that approach. One thing is for sure: political bias has generally triumphed over fact… Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 9, 2014 – What would happen if the world began to accept its joint responsibility for maintaining humanity? What if it were to demand that the United Nations be true to its name and its mission rather than lackadaisically expecting the United States to fulfill that role? What would the consequences be from the United States’ perspective and how might our Nation recast its role on the global stage? … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 6, 2014 – In today’s increasingly dangerous world, we need leadership more than rhetoric when it comes to foreign policy. That means we need to constantly evaluate what is transpiring on a global basis, what different paths those situations might take, how those paths might impact our Nation, and how and when we should deploy them. One path is built upon coalition management while the other is executed independently … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 29, 2014 – Life cannot exist in a vacuum and neither can global stability. To politically paraphrase the first and second laws of thermodynamics: If energy is not expended to maintain equilibrium, the world will gravitate toward disorder. Less “energy” is required to maintain equilibrium than to rebuild it, so a proactive foreign policy is inherently superior to a reactive one … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 10, 2014 – We live in a strange and troubling world. There is a civil war in Syria and civil unrest in Ukraine. A 72-hour ceasefire is as close to peaceful coexistence as Israel and Hamas seem to be able to get. ISIL is orchestrating a caliphate against Christians and non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq, and “Green on Blue” attacks continue in Afghanistan.
How will the United States respond to each of these situations as they move forward? No one knows for sure … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 28, 2014 – Civil unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine (just to name a few), incomprehensible malnutrition and disease in the middle-African country of your choice, the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, and serious immigration issues on the United States’ southern border create a disturbing level of unrest in the world, yet the United Nations seems to be missing in action. Instead, it spends time and money calling together the U.N. Security Council to vote on whether to adopt a resolution condemning the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane… as if the issue really needed to be debated … 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., June 16, 2014 – With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) marching on Baghdad, President Obama took bold and decisive action: He tried to reach the green at Sunnylands with a 7 iron from 180 yards. Much like his foreign policy, it fell well short.
That is not a “typo” in the title. The President of the United States spent this weekend giving a commencement speech, attending yet another Democratic fund-raiser, and playing golf in Palm Springs … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 17, 2013 – Today marks the 226th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States, and with each passing year, we seem to become more ignorant of its contents and intent. The fact that the subject of Civics has given way to more “politically correct” subjects in our public school curricula may be one of the root causes of the problem, but there is no excuse for our 537 federally-elected officials to be unfamiliar with its substance.
Perhaps it’s time to provide a refresher course for those who need it.
For the sake of simplicity, let’s concentrate on the Preamble: … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 11, 2013 — Twelve years after the attack on the Twin Towers and one year after the attack on Benghazi, we sit on the precipice of a vital political decision. A decision that, if made in error, could fuel the same type of extremist hatred that led to those murderous attacks that we remember today.
It would seem judicious to examine the trajectory we are on with respect to Syria.
September 11, 2001 was a wake-up call for our Nation. Until that time, we had never suffered a foreign terrorist attack of any comparable scale. We were living in a utopic world in which we only read about terrorist events happening elsewhere and never expected them to occur here … Read more