Apr
15

Looking at the Senate – 2014

A Storm is a Brewing...
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With a little more than six months before the midterm elections, the stars appear to be aligning for the GOP. President Obama’s composite approval is at a dismal 43 percent. POTUS’s singular accomplishment – Obamacare – is wreaking havoc on average Americans across the country. Five years after the recession ended, Americans still struggle to make …

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Mar
26

Predicting Obama’s Foreign Policy

Best Intentions Don't Make Effective Policy...
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In August 2009, the Soapbox tackled the emerging Obama foreign policy narrative, its nascent results and likely impact. Given all that has happened recently with the Crimea, Iranian nuclear talks and Syria, this piece is worth a second look. Enjoy…. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * …

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Mar
24

A Post-Crimea Foreign Policy for the US

How Far Will He Go...?
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Writing about Vladimir Putin’s ”adventurism” in Sunday’s Washington Post, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated that a meaningful Western response should note that, “Putin’s view of the world is rooted in dangerous fictions.” The irony of course, is that the former Secretary could have as easily been talking about American foreign policy under President Obama. For more …

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Mar
17

Weakness Comes Home to Roost in Ukraine

The Results of Being Unprepared....
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Whether citizens or governments, no one likes to be ignored. It reflects a lack of standing. It implies weakness. It builds a sense of powerlessness.  Today, in the biggest crisis between the West and Russia since the end of the Cold War, the United States is effectively being ignored. On a tactical level, the Obama administration has brought this …

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Mar
03

Ukraine and the Need for Caution

No Time to Go Wobbly....
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Talk is cheap, but in diplomacy, even cheap talk can be dangerous. And right now there is a lot of cheap talk with regard to the overt Russian military intervention in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Newly installed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk can be forgiven for his emotional “We are on the brink of disaster.” comment …

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Feb
18

Team Obama Fairy Tales on ’09 Stimulus

Time Does Not Make it Less a Failure...
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You would think that given the delicate political environment that the President currently finds himself, down in the polls and lacking the trust of the American people, that reviving a divisive political/policy argument would not be a first choice for image rehabilitation. But you would be wrong. At the end of the day Team Obama, it …

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Feb
15

November in February

No Way to Run an Economy...
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We are only 46 days into the new year, but as far as official Washington is concerned, it’s already November – at least in focus.  The tangible signs are unmistakable. On Tuesday, unable to craft legislation that could garner the majority support of his Caucus, Speaker John Boehner effective ceded control of the House floor to …

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Jan
27

State of the Union – 2014

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To properly understand Washington, citizens outside the Beltway must dispense with idealized notions of power and governance and see DC and its people for what they are – a tribe. And like most tribes, there is a strict social hierarchy, supported by – and enforced through – rituals and traditions, which transcend political party, all in the service of …

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Jan
19

Obama’s Inadequate NSA Response

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All you needed to know about President Obama’s thinking and philosophical framework regarding current NSA surveillance was perhaps unintentionally telegraphed in the first sentence of his much anticipated speech on spying: “At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of “The Sons of Liberty” was established in Boston. And the …

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Jan
15

Can Hillary Clinton Win?

Not Unbeatable...
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Hillary Clinton was in the news again last week, and not in a good way. In advance excerpts from of a new book, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,”  we learn that the 2008 Clinton campaign kept a sophisticated, point-driven “enemies list” of those that the Clintons’ had helped politically and who had …

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