U.S.-Cuba Policy: They Have “Conversations”

Congress will soon return from an extended summer break. Lawmakers will dedicate a paltry 15 legislative days before, in the lead up to the November 8 elections, Congress will again adjourn for about five weeks. Overall, that’s good news! The longer lawmakers and politicians are in town, the higher the risk of kooky things happening in the …

In Praise Of Congress???

It is not very often that I have praised a government agency or even Congress. However, every now and then the federal government surprises me and, this time, it is in the cyber security arena. The majority staff for the House Committee on Homeland Security issued a report regarding the current debate on encryption. The …

Political Pilgrimages, Sure, But To Places Other Than Facebook HQ

Muslims go to Mecca, at least once. Catholics, well, we have smorgasbord of holy sites. Lourdes. Fatima. The Vatican. For Judaism, it is the Western Wall. To my Jewish friends, hurry, before political correctness leads to a ‘prayer space‘ and other politically correct zones of worship. For the non-believers, you may not agree, but you too …

Regulatory Humility?

The widespread use of encryption technology was one of the major topics trending in technological discussions for 2015. Encryption technology allows a user to protect confidential conversations or information on designated computers by disguising the information into code. This technology safeguards protected data from external parties by making it very difficult for a person to …

Congressional Inertia on US-Cuba Policy

Holding up an ambassadorial post is a time-honored political move in the Senate to exact political concessions from the President. Do they work? Some do, most do not. Of those that do, they are usually tied to a bundle of legislative requests that may, or may not be related to the underlying appointment. POLITICO reports …

Adults Wanted

One of the most interesting blogs that I have recently discovered is the 20 committee.com. Mr. John Schindler, a former professor at the Naval War College blogs issues pertaining to national security and Eastern Europe. His experience in the intelligence community brings much interesting insight in an area that is usually sensationalized in the media. …

All in the GOP Family

From the outside looking in, the political jockeying for Speaker of the House has made for somewhat good political theatre. Even if mostly scuttlebutt, a favorite pastime in these parts, it is entertaining and amusing at the same time. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulling out of the race, frankly, was anticlimactic. I expected something outrageous, …