RichDouglas4Maryland's Blog

"When in Rome, do as the Romanians do."


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.


RichDouglas4Maryland's Links
OCTOBER 25, 2010 7:35PM

"Inside Job" -- One Man's Opinion


 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 »

OCTOBER 18, 2010 8:10PM

Tea Party Democrats


Why do pundits  think that Tea Party believers are exclusively Republicans? Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2010 5:25PM

Fruit of Islam?


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 »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 8:40AM

Just "Folks"?

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 »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 10:14PM

Not Afraid

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 »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 9:54PM

Burn a Koran? I prefer to read mine.

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 »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 9:35PM

Pakistani Officers Removed From Flight

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.  SoRead full post »

JULY 28, 2010 9:18PM

Congress on Crack

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 passRead full post »

JULY 23, 2010 6:50PM

Daniel Schorr and Alberto Fujimori

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 »

JULY 21, 2010 2:43PM

Mosque at Ground Zero?

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 »

JULY 7, 2010 5:58PM

Arizona and Washington

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 »

JUNE 29, 2010 9:45PM

Klan-Free Senate At Last

155 years after Appomattox, the U.S. has a Klan-free Senate at last.

Bye-bye, Bobby Byrd.

MAY 24, 2010 10:27PM

Racial Profiling -- Belgian Style

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 »

MAY 22, 2010 1:56PM

Blair, Specter, and Intelligence

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 »