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ROSIE, THE DONALD, AND BABS REDUX

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There’s no new column this week. I was traveling and spending the Easter Weekend with family. However, with Donald Trump in the news talking about running for president, here’s a link to my January 15, 2007 column on the public spat between Rosie O’Donnell, Donald Trump, and Barbara Walters. What does this tell us about a Trump presidency? (More)

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THE NEXT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE?

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During his recent visit to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the troops it likely would be his last visit to the war zone as Secretary. Gates departure from Defense has been long anticipated and there has been much speculation on whom President Obama will appoint to replace him. At the moment, CIA Director Leon Panetta appears to be the leading candidate, but is Panetta the best person to lead Defense given current circumstances, and if not, who is? What kind of person should replace Gates?  (More)

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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH: The Washington, D.C. Three-Ring Circus

The Political Circus

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Ladies and Gentleman, children of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on earth—the United States federal government, Washington, D.C., three-ring circus. I’m not talking about the three branches of government. I’m talking about the star performers—the aerialists, the jugglers, the clowns, and, on the track around them, the people riding elephants. All of them were in top form last week in the showdown over the government shutdown, but who knows what thrills, spills, and laughter today’s performances might bring.  (More)

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TAIWAN’S NEEDS SHOULD GOVERN U.S. ARMS SALES

THIS POST IS FOR COMMENTS ON ED ROSS’ OP-ED IN DEFENSE NEWS

Has President Barack Obama changed the rationale that has underpinned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan for 30 years, adopting a new U.S. geo-strategic perspective on U.S.-China relations? If so, what risk does that entail for the United States? U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have been a contentious issue in U.S.-China relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in January 1979. Since then, U.S. presidents have strived to meet the requirements of the Taiwan Relations Act – to provide Taiwan the defense articles and services it requires to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability – as they worked to improve the on-again/ off-again U.S.-China relationship. (More)

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SORTING OUT THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT

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President Barack Obama will kick off his reelection campaign this week with an announcement followed by a series of fundraisers in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles with a growing gaggle of GOP candidates forming up to run against him. Sorting them out by their ranking in the polls is the traditional approach. I prefer, however, to look at them another way.

Currently there are 18 people in the monthly Townhall.com straw poll, and it doesn’t include Donald Trump or others people have talked about as potential candidates. Not all of them, of course, will decide to run. Gov. Chris Christie, for example, has stated emphatically that he won’t run. Many question if Mike Huckabee will; and who knows what Sarah Palin will decide to do?

For those contemplating a serious bid, there are numerous daunting obstacles besides the incumbency of a sitting president they must contend with. Few are wealthy enough or can raise the hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to run a successful presidential campaign; and, judging from the polls, most have insufficient popular support and quickly will fall by the wayside after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

Ranking them by their poll numbers is the conventional way of sorting the candidates. There’s another methodology, however. It requires us to read their minds and is completely subjective. It sorts them into three categories.  (More)

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