- Maryland, USA
- December 02
- I served as Senate Intelligence Committee General Counsel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chief Counsel, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics under Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates. I was recognized by the Drug Enforcement Administration and National Guard Bureau for defense support to the counter-drug efforts of both agencies. In 2006 I served with Army units in Iraq as a mobilized naval reserve officer and I spent considerable time in Afghanistan in connection with my Pentagon duties. I served in Mexico and Spain in the Foreign Service, and with the Justice Department Criminal Division as a Trial Attorney. In the 1970s I was an enlisted crewman (Machinist's Mate/A Gang) on a U.S. attack submarine. I am a lawyer and member of the bar in Maryland and the District of columbia. I live in Prince George's county, Maryland.
MY RECENT POSTS
- "Inside Job" -- One Man's
October 25, 2010 07:35PM
- Tea Party Democrats
October 18, 2010 08:10PM
- Fruit of Islam?
October 11, 2010 05:19PM
- Just "Folks"?
September 28, 2010 08:40AM
- Not Afraid
September 19, 2010 10:14PM
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- “I guess it's better than
being called "the unwashed
October 05, 2010 01:40PM
- “The kind comments are
appreciated, and I also
September 10, 2010 09:28PM
- “I supply the facts; you
supply the point.”
July 26, 2010 04:03PM
- “Thanks for the good
comment. I based my initial
post on the
July 16, 2010 02:12PM
- “Tim4change, I have been
a raging heathen most of my
I was just
June 30, 2010 05:43PM
I saw "Inside Job" last night. I thought it was well done, on the whole, though a bit heavy with the Soros. I read Michael Lewis's book on the crisis earlier this year, and the movie seemed to track with the book. My only criticism of the movie -- and… Read full post »
Why do pundits think that Tea Party believers are exclusively Republicans? Read full post »
Now the Chicago delegation in the White House is attacking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Is it a coincidence that they are doing it with a strategy right out of the Nation of Islam playbook?
The White House is attacking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for taking “for/… Read full post »
What's with this "folks" thing?
Is there some rule at the White House political adviser's shop that all references by the Obama Administration o the American people must use the word "folks"?
Today in the press I read comments from President Obama and Vice President Biden, and sure enough, "fol… Read full post »
Democratic pundits who attribute Republican incumbent primary losses to the Tea Party and who are writing off candidates like Christine O'Donnell in Delaware are living in a dream world. More likely that the middle and traditional Jacksonian Democrats will cross the aisle in November to vote fo… Read full post »
A clergyman in Gainesville, Florida, wants to burn the Koran on September 11, 2010.
Attorney General Eric Holder and General David Petraeus rightly have pronounced themselves opposed to this event. As an armed forces veteran of Iraq, and having had the privilege to visit and work… Read full post »
Here is a variation of a letter I sent to Washington Post editors. They did not publish it.
Thousands of Pakistani troops, helicopter crewmen, Frontier Corps personnel, and civilians have perished at the hands of terrorists and criminals in Pakistan's border regions since 9/11. So… Read full post »
Today, July 28, 2010, the United States Congress finished and sent to the President a bill that will drastically water down federal criminal penalties for crack cocaine offenses. President Obama should quickly veto this infamous, poorly-timed legislation.
With its cowardly voice-vote pass… Read full post »
In Nassau, Bahamas, when Peru's President Alberto Fujimori made a surprise appearance at the 1992 OAS General Assembly, I was in the large Paradise Island casino hall called into service by the Bahamian Government for the meeting. So was Daniel Schorr.
Fujimori made a long and fi… Read full post »
During a visit to Sa'ana, Yemen, in late 2003, several Yemeni political figures and officials chatted with me and a friend about religious freedom in Yemen.
Yes, they confirmed, all may worship as they please in Yemen.
And yes, they explained, Yemeni law permits non-muslim faiths to build places… Read full post »
Dear Secretary Clinton:
While you are in Pakistan, please try to retrieve Gary Faulkner's sword from the authorities.
It's reassuring to know that at least ONE American was trying hard to bring bin Ladin's head home on a platter, so I think it would be a nice gesture.
Cordia… Read full post »
Americans should put down the bongs for a moment and pay attention to what is happening in and around Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the way from El Paso, Texas.
Take a moment to watch the Battle of Juarez. Americans are central actors in this battle. Not just because of our still… Read full post »
Apart from the questionable merits of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the State of Arizona over its immigration-related statute, one has to wonder about the "federalism" implications of this development.
State capitals rightly look to the federal capital to carry out certain functions,… Read full post »
155 years after Appomattox, the U.S. has a Klan-free Senate at last.
Bye-bye, Bobby Byrd.
What is it like to be racially profiled? In Belgium, in 1979, in the company of two black shipmates, I got an unexpected primer, courtesy of South Moluccan violence. The debate over Arizona’s immigration statute (which I have read) brought this episode to mind.
In 1979, th… Read full post »
This week the Obama Administration bought Russian support for a UN draft resolution on Iran. It did this by lifting long-standing U.S. sanctions against four Russian military-industrial-academic entities – including arms exporter ROSOBORONEXPORT.
U.S. sanctions were imposed during… Read full post »
Once again, the University of Virginia (UVA) law school, in the role of Captain Ahab, is urging the Senate to pursue the Great White Whale known as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea -- UNCLOS. Senators probably do not need to be reminded of the fate of Melville’s… Read full post »
News of DNI Dennis Blair’s impending departure ignited new debate over the role of the Director of National Intelligence, a product of the 2004 National Intelligence Reform Act. This is good.
Some of those writing about Blair’s woes have pointed to an underlying structural weakness… Read full post »