Cuba Hiding Money to Avoid Court Actions

Economic sanctions against Cuba are not very popular in this town. The Cuban regime and their supporters spend a lot of time trying to weaken them. By and large, it is a futile effort to do so.  One of the preferred arguments against current U.S. policy is that the sanctions do not work. But Cuba …

Romney was Right, Olympic Dud?

The lead headline in this morning’s UK papers: Row upon row of empty seats… as tickets sent to foreign VIPs go on the black market. If this is so, it should have been expected no? There is still a global recession underway. However, it is still early in the games, they may still fill up …

A Mega Rush Limbaugh Ditto: push for bipartisan consensus in foreign policy is a dumb idea

While his point his way off that the “U.S. faces no serious security threats,” former Senator Dodd staffer Michael Cohen’s observation that “the push for bipartisan consensus in foreign policy is a dumb idea” is spot on. Comity may make for good foreign affairs, but it makes for bad national politics. At  times of great national …

Libya, Europe’s Great New Adventure, Will Leave America Picking Up the Pieces

The madman from Libya, finally met justice. He died the way he lived. Unceremoniously.  I thought back to what happened to him, and compared his death to that of the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. US forces captured Saddam Hussein in a spider hole. He was arrested, processed, and faced Iraqi justice before Iraqi judicial authorities. Contrast to …

Republicans and Pledges

In this morning’s edition of Roll Call, Daniel Newhauser penned a good story about the potential political fall out to Republicans for pressing a closed continuing resolution, or CR, to keep the federal government operating through November. For my friends and colleagues outside the beltway, “closed” roughly means that Members of Congress will need to …

America’s Left and its Love Affair with Cuban Communism

It is very easy to cast aspersions on political opponents when you have nothing to lose. Most of the time people do this when they have little, if any, logical argument to use against an adversary. Take the case of special interest groups in this town that support normalization of relations, without conditions, with dictatorial …