François Hollande tir à l’arc

If you ever want to learn how not to do something, these days, look no further than the French. The French President knows just about as much about archery as he does about free market economics. Grip, wrong. Arrow placement, very wrong. France’s government share of GDP is close to sixty percent.  Rather than cut …

Spain Raids Factory for Alleged EU-Iran Nuclear Sanctions Violations

The government of Spain raided a leading heavy machinery and equipment manufacturer in the Basque region of country for alleged violations of EU and Spain export control laws. Among other allegations, ONA Electro-erosion is accused of setting up a Turkish front company that was used to export to Iran at least seven Multi-Ton machines used …

Guest Dispatch: Republicans and Messaging

The Political Industrial Complex (PIC) runs vast and wide in American politics. It runs especially deep in this city. We have a cadre of political and communications experts from both political parties that make a living advising political campaign. It is not a bad or good thing. It just is. I’ll have more to say …

Guest Dispatch: Immigration, the GOP & the Immigration Tariff

 The weather was great here last week, although, it was in the low forties and we are starting to get in that familiar fall rhythm of overcast skies for most of the day. That is why when I read the first draft of this week’s Guest Dispatch from our friend in Miami, Arthur Freyre, my …

Too Many Cooks in the Intelligence Kitchen

As penned on our blog earlier this week, the Petraeus stories are likely the result of an ugly turf war. Beating up on the CIA is a favorite pastime in this town and, I think, it will fail this go around. As it should. Benghazigate will not be contained, as Obama’s acolytes thought it would …

Petraeus Stories Covering Up What Seems Like an Agency Turf War, Vendetta

Tired of the Petraeus scandal media barrage yet? Of all that has been released to date, and folks this seems to be the tip of the iceberg, the most striking issue has been the timing. The story, still taking shape, seems to have all the elements of an inside the beltway vendetta by one of the …

Huckabee: GOP message should not be ‘tailored’ to a specific demographic group

On what the GOP needs to do next to expand Republican Party voter base, Governor Huckabee, as always, on point: “The real conservative policy is attractive to minorities,” Huckabee told POLITICO. “Our problem isn’t the product, it’s the box we put it in. Our message should not be ‘tailored’ to a specific demographic group, but …