Has Liberalism Won?

“Force the other team to play to our style. Do not play to their style.” That is the advice our football coaches gave us when I was playing high school football many years ago. The gist of that point was that if we played how we were coached we would be forcing the other team …

Morning Musings

Congress is out-of-town this week; so is the President. Before the President departed for his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, he blamed ‘intelligence estimates’ for the genocide in Iraq. Predictable thing for the President to do. Blame someone else. However, over in the Senate, members of the President’s political party say boots on the ground needed. Fast. Even …

The Sunday Fluff Shows, Bartiromo Will Shake it Up

Our friends and family, especially those who live more than 100 miles from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, are surprised to learn that Yleem and I rarely watch any of the Sunday political talk shows. That may soon change, and I’ll tell you why in a second. But first, I’ll share with you a few reasons …

(Chuckle of the Week) Foreign Policy magazine headline: 21 Nations Line Up Behind UN Efforts to “Restrain” NSA

Foreign Policy magazine tends to be a rather liberal publication and everything you read in it you’ll need to take with a chunk, not a grain, of salt. For example, in 2011 it ranked Israel as a “failed state,” along with North Korea, Congo, Iran and several other countries. The current editor does not even …

NSA Leaks: Drip + Drip + Drip = Political Flood

Even during the summertime, political Washington, DC is abuzz with something or other. This summer it has mostly been the National Security Agency (NSA) leaks. It is process like Chinese water torture. One drip, one leak at a time, until the entire dam breaks. There will be political consequences. It is only a question of …

GOP Needs More Mark Levins

Conservative radio commentator and author Mark Levin is one of the more under-appreciated political minds of our day. His radio show is entertaining, thought-provoking and generous. Yes, generous. In a business that is always taking, Mr. Levin give listeners a lot of free advice while he alienates himself to people in the Republican Party. You …

Pandora’s Box, General Edward Braddock, & The NSA

This summer, the nation was shocked to find out that the National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on all Americans through the collection of information by emails, cell phones, and other forms of internet based communication. In addition to the NSA scandal, there were allegations that the database that will be used to implement the …

Thoughts on Florida v. Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were two men from the same coin. Both men felt the need to define their masculinity beyond their character. One sought to define his masculinity through his fists. The other sought to define his masculinity through a gun. Tragedy was bound to happen when you have both kinds of men …

Be careful what you say, you never know who is listening … at Starbucks

If you’re looking for a post bashing the NSA, sorry to disappoint. We’re going to talk about a truly menacing problem in this fair city: big mouths. You can learn a lot about a city from coffee shops. Take the local Starbucks near our law firm’s Washington, DC office. It is right on the corner …

Put the National Security Crucifixion on Hold, We Need to Learn More

During an interview on CNN’s Directo USA yesterday we talked about the leak of National Security Agency (NSA) documents of what seems to be various U.S. surveillance programs. Before the taping, the other guest, Mr. Roberto Izurieta from the GW University Graduate School of Political Management, and I were  discussing what may have motivated Edward …

Obama’s UN Nominee Should Make for Interesting Confirmation Hearings

It has been a while since we had an interesting and politically-charged Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) confirmation hearings. That could change soon. President Obama has nominated liberal hawks to fill his national security roster. While the Senate cannot really do much about the National Security Advisor, the UN Ambassador is a different story. With …

Colombia Needs Another Approach, Land for Peace Not a Solution

Cuba sees political gold in this process. Land. We live on it. We grow our food and cultivate medicines from it. It is energy and mineral rich. A limited resource, land is the source of much conflict but also the key to future prosperity and stability. At least in theory. In Colombia, they’re fixing to …

Latin American Nuclear Powers Ink Cooperation Deal

Our Latin America Nuclear Problem Does the title of this blog post seem a little odd sounding, “Latin American” Nuclear Powers? A close friend was somewhat shocked when I told him earlier this week that Brazil and Argentina are the two more advanced nuclear powers in the Western Hemisphere. Mexico operates several reactors as well, but …

Defending Our Borders & Americans

The murder of a District Attorney and his wife in Texas barely registered with the mainstream news. The likely assassination (folks still calling it murder) of a law man should have the ABA tied in knots, screaming for justice. They are saying nothing right now. But this will change. The death of Texas District Attorney …

Left? Right? And a lot of hot air

If you’ve been to New York City, you more than likely have seen the orange and white steam stacks located in the streets and sidewalks throughout the city. If not,  please write and tell me what captivated your attention so intently. Manhattan has a huge underground steam delivery system. It is used for heating and …

Enjoy the Inauguration, Really.

Another inauguration weekend. Many of my Republican friends have left the area. They are avoiding the tourists and the throngs of Obama Administration supporters that are gathering to celebrate four more years. Some, well, some are just bitter that Romney lost. Alright. I wish the other guy had one. However, I enjoy the ceremony of …

Guest Dispatch: How We Got Here, According to Me

Our weekly Guest Dispatch hails from the West Coast. John Flores’s first post on DC Dispatches was late last year. It was a good read. You learn more about him, here. John’s first dispatch for the new year, How We Got Here: According to Me, is a personal tale about his family’s experience growing up in …

Miami’s Bum Wrap and the Newspaper that Fuels It

Every city and nation  in the world has a stereotype. The stereotype depends largely on whose doing the analyzing. For example, the Chinese think we are a nation of crybabies. The west-coasters think east-coasters are a bunch of jerks. We think the west coast is nerd central. Geopolitical cartography can border on the comical.  Want …

Time to Stem the Outbreak of Republican Foot in Mouth Disease

If your a political junkie, then you should know by now that Congressman Todd Akin is not ready for prime time. Maybe he never was. It is time for him to do the right thing for the GOP and the state of Missouri: drop out of the Senate race. Both political parties have strains of …

Senior Senators Want More Penalties in Export Control Enforcement Case Involving China

Mid- to late August in Washington, DC. Little, if any, significant traffic during rush hour. Sidewalks a little less congested. Most of the political class is out and things are good, good that is if your not under the microscope of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sander Levin and Ranking …