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FREEDOM: Foreign policy that ‘redistributes the wealth’ (Part 3)

Policy - Foreign - Part 3RANCHO 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

FREEDOM: Foreign policy leveraging coalitions and the U.N. (Part 2)

Policy - Foreign - Part 2RANCHO 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

FREEDOM: The need to form a rational foreign policy (Part 1)

Policy - Foreign - Part 1RANCHO 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

13 Hours: Perhaps the ‘fog of war’ is finally lifting

Benghazi - MontageRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 11, 2014 – Two years have passed since the attacks on the diplomatic Mission and the CIA Annex in Benghazi during which Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA Security Operators Tyrone “Rone” Woods and Glen “Bub” Doherty were killed. Yet, the details have been shrouded by the political “fog of war” that has filtered the facts… until now … Read more

Embarrassment: Applying the President’s view of Iraq to US

Barack_Obama_&_Nouri_al-Maliki_in_Baghdad_4-7-09RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 23, 2014 – With a demanding schedule the prior week that included a round of golf, a few fund-raisers, and several fairly irrelevant speeches, President Obama must have been pressed for time to prepare for his scheduled press conference on June 19th. Arriving an hour late, the President spent slightly less than 30 minutes presenting his five-point plan and answering a limited number of questions about the crisis in Iraq. However, that was more than enough time to raise serious concerns about his strategy and to draw a disturbing parallel between the sectarian regimes in Iraq and the political regimes in America … Read more

Political incongruities: From Bergdahl to Benghazi

AfghanistanRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 2, 2014 – The United States’ military commitment to “no man left behind” was briefly resuscitated from its politically-weakened condition when Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was retrieved from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani terrorist network in return for five members of the Taliban who had been held as prisoners in Guantanamo. The incongruities of Sgt. Bergdahl’s captivity and release accentuate the political maneuverings of our Nation’s major Parties and the pendulum of irrational action that swings between them … Read more

Benghazi: What difference does it make to the media or you?

benghazi-montage-wikiRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., May 5, 2014 – Recently, the press provided us with yet another “Sterling” example of how much time it is willing to devote to a story that panders to our sordid nature. However, when new information surfaced with respect to the political positioning of the attack on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, much of our media remained silent or at least detached from an investigatory perspective. This begs the question: Has our press abdicated its role as the Fourth Estate? … Read more

9/11 and Benghazi: Lessons learned for Syria?

CORRECTION Sept 11 Tribute in LightRANCHO 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

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