The Test

President Barack Obama began 2013 basking in the glow of his reelection victory against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But the year quickly turned into one of the most difficult tests of Obama’s presidency. NSA contracter Edward Snowden leaked documents showing the depth and breadth of the NSA surveillance program, a budget fight with Congressional Republicans…

Shutdown

On Sept. 24, 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz began a speech that lasted 21 hours and 19 minutes railing against President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. For the next several weeks the House and Senate would be locked in a fight over government appropriations and spending bills, with the ACA at the…

In Search of “The Gipper”

  He was the last man standing. A candidate never embraced by the Republican base, an electorate in search of a Reaganesque conservative leader. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and John Huntsman, all took turns in the spotlight. At the end of a grueling primary battle Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination. After a…

The Sixth Sense

Lagging in nearly every national poll, the campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pushed on despite calls from Republicans to end his fledgling bid for the White House. “I was the only guy in the room that didn’t know I was dead,” said Gingrich comparing himself to the main character in the 1999 Bruce…

COIN- Winning Hearts and Minds with Guns

  It’s a war for “hearts and minds” of the Afghan people and the strategy is COIN, or counterinsurgency. The idea is that if you protect the population from Taliban threats, and if you bring them schools, health clinics, clean water and other services, they’ll turn away from the insurgents. That sounds a lot simpler…

“We Don’t Have Enough Power to Fight”

  (July 2010) Three weeks into the fight in the volatile Arghandab Valley, an American platoon of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division is heading to the rear, weakened by horrific war injuries and unable to continue its mission. The platoon — 1st platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 320 Field Artillery Regiment, of the 101st Airborne…

Faces of the Uninsured

  Faces of the Uninsured- Remote Area Medical is an organization that was originally founded by former “Wild Kingdom” co-star Stan Brock to provide medical services to remote areas in the Third World.  Since being founded in 1985 RAM has grown into an organization providing medical services in the poorest countries of the world, and…