For Syrian Refugees, Borrow a Page from the 1980 Mariel Boat-lift

Before rushing out and opening the country to any immigrant group, we must start to ask a few frank questions that maybe we never did. For example, if you’re not willing to stand up and fight for your own country especially when it is under attack or at war, will you ever stand up and defend …

Could Russia Be Cashing In Its $32 Billion Dance Card With Cuba?

The University of Miami Institute for Cuba and Cuban-American studies created a little more than a stir this week in US-Cuba policy circles with the release of a report alleging the presence in Syria of a high-ranking Cuban general and Cuban troops. You can read the UM report and our first post about it here. Frankly most …

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 …

Radical Islamist Jihadists, The Energizer Bunnies of Terror

An American journalist – James Wright Foley – was beheaded by people that the Obama Administration refuses to call radical Islamist jihadists. This episode, and others like it the past few weeks in that part of the world, reminds me a General George Patton quote: “Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.” …

Compliance and Economic Sanctions in the Virtual Arena, Workable But Never Easy

The majority of U.S. economic sanctions laws and regulations designed for the brick and mortar world, continue to present compliance challenges for businesses offering goods and services on the web. The Internet makes it easier to get around and avoid sanctions, and export controls, but compliance remains necessary. The brick and mortar rules, at a …

In this Town, Your Word is All you Have

Fellow lawyers, if you thought the bar exam was tough, the PhD comprehensive examinations (comps for short) are no picnic. Several years ago, my wife Yleem earned her PhD from the Catholic University of America (CUA). After several years of coursework, the examination process was a seemingly never-ending process.  It included written tests followed several days …

President’s Syria Speech? More People Watched Apple’s iPhone 5s Announcement

If the President and the Congress could muster as much political energy for pressing domestic issues, as they did this past week for a foreign policy matter, our nation would be much better off. The President delivered a fair foreign policy speech yesterday from the East Room of the White House. It was a message he should …