Rogue Regimes Need Containment Not Engagement

During the past few months I’ve given a few talks about the Obama Administration’s policy of engagement with Cuba, the Iran deal of the Western Hemisphere. It lacks vision. It is based on a lie. It is the complete opposite of President Reagan’s peace through strength and, at times, it’s in complete disharmony with the law.  For …

Losers Never Set the Terms of Surrender, But Cuba Is Trying

The Cuban Communist Party is a recalcitrant lot. Cuba is an economic basket case, broke. And it is about to get a lot more in the red. Meanwhile the majority of its population is disheartened and hungry. Castro, Machado-Ventura, Colomé Ibarra, Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, indeed mostly the entire Central Committee, is in denial. The upper echelons of the Communist Party still clings to something …

The U.S.-Cuba Policy Betrayal, Another ‘Neville Chamberlain’ Moment

A reporter asked me yesterday if I knew or had been tipped off about the December 17 announcement by the Obama Administration. She had read a December 16 post on this blog, the Cuba Policy Canard, where I discussed the very likely possibility that a significant Cuba announcement would happen, soon. Little did I know …

The ‘Compromise Industrial Complex’ Is In Disarray, But it Will Re-Group

The compromise industrial complex in this town is in a complete disarray. Not since the 1994 mid-term elections had I seen so many stunned people over a relatively known outcome, at least to political insiders. From my vantage point, perched in Northern Virginia, one needs to work extra hard sometimes to create the appropriate psychological distance from these events. You …

President Obama’s “Oops” Speech

It was an exercise in a political distraction, one that interrupted an otherwise good episode of Hell’s Kitchen. We could have watched a few of our recorded program, but we opted to watch the President Obama’s remarks.  After just a few minutes, I was envisioning an angry Chef Gordon Ramsay stepping up to the President (and …

Congress Back in Town, So is The Political Theatre

Before you read any further, remember these wise words from a genuine American hero, General George Patton: “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.” Keep that quote in mind the next few weeks as you watch, read, or listen to the news. As sure as the leaves begin to turn in the fall, the traffic patterns …

Morning Musings

“I’m a moral man,” Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) says. That may be true, someone else will be the judged by many judges. The New York Congressman’s decision to step down from the Financial Services Committee, along with Grimm’s statement, reminded me of a well-known C.S. Lewis quote: “A man who was merely a man and said the …