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Pensacola was Preventable

     We have had foreign officers from friendly nations around the world participate in U.S. military training and schools for generations.  This has been beneficial to all parties and resulted in stronger military ties and relationships that benefit our national security.  As desirable as this practice has been, it must ...

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Lying Liars and the Lying Liars Lying for the Lying Liars

     President Trump was caught attempting to coerce Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 Election on his behalf.  The key question was how he would choose to address his misconduct.  Any decent leader would choose to be responsible, especially once caught, admit to the facts and focus on the consequences.  ...

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Republican Disrespect of the Military

     The U.S. military should never be used as a tool in partisan politics just like servicemembers must remain objectively neutral in public discourse.  Nevertheless, in recent years, specifically under President Trump, Republicans have become astonishingly anti-military.  Upon reflection, Republican military support was never really about concern for military members ...

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Death of Baghdadi – Trump Spoils the Victory

     On Sunday morning, October 27, 2019, President Trump formally announced that U.S. Special Operating Forces seized the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who detonated an explosive vest rather than be captured.  Baghdadi was among the world’s most dangerous and evil individuals whose death makes us all a ...

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Trump Bungles Another National Security Issue

     President Trump had a private phone call with Turkish dictator Erdogan that for the second time (that we know) led directly to a dramatic change in our Syria policy.  Last time, Secretary Mattis resigned and Trump was forced to delay the change, but not now.  Trump charged in grossly ...

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This is about Trump’s Reelection, not Corruption

     The recent scandal in which President Trump was caught soliciting, in fact coercing, the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Biden has led to the House of Representatives beginning an impeachment inquiry that is likely to result in articles of impeachment against Trump.  It began with a courageous ...

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Looking Down the Barrel – the Peril of Gun Safety Compromise

     Our country has been long overdue in passing essential gun safety legislation.  Columbine was an early warning and then after the atrocity of Sandy Hook we would surely address rising gun violence.  So too would the Parkland murders be the final straw.  Instead, there has been an increase in ...

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2020 Primary Debates Prove Useless

     I watched the first three Democratic Presidential Primary debates of the 2020 campaign as I have all debates in previous campaigns.  There was one abundantly clear result from all three debates – they were a complete waste of time.  Even worse, they could hurt the eventual nominee as well ...

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The Biggest National Security Threat is President Trump

     During the 2016 campaign, Candidate Donald Trump liked to talk tough.  He often criticized President Obama, specifically mentioning the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the “Red Line” in Syria, the Iran deal, etc.  There were some disappointing components of the Obama foreign policy; however, Obama campaigned on what ...

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Republicans – There is no Neutrality in 2020

     In 2016, Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton, winning the Presidency by 77,000 votes spread over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.  Both candidates had historically high unfavorable ratings.  Trump, then an infamous reality TV star and failed businessman was nevertheless a political neophyte.  Despite inappropriate speech and behavior during the ...

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