Monthly Archives: September 2020

The FBI in Decline: an Update

By | September 29, 2020

[September 29, 2020]  A little over two years ago, I gave you some insight into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where I worked for nearly 20 years.  My point?  The FBI was and is today in severe decline as measured by its internal politicization, particularly the hyper-partisanship activities of its senior officers.  I’m sad to report this to… Read More »

Enabling Bad Behavior

By | September 28, 2020

[September 28, 2020]  One of the better things about the military is that it gives opportunities to learn from good and bad leadership.  I’ve witnessed some deplorable decisions by leaders at all levels, one of which was by a two-star General.  His command headquarters was rife with insubordinate civilians who regularly disobeyed orders and failed to show up… Read More »

The Passing of Our Veterans

By | September 23, 2020

[September 23, 2020]  General Douglas MacArthur once said that “Old soldiers never die – they just fade away.”  He was talking symbolically, of course, because our soldiers and our veterans do pass away, and being who we are, we must confront that end of life with dignity and with honor. A good friend of mine who served with… Read More »

The Emancipation Proclamation: a Military Strategy?

By | September 22, 2020

[September 22, 2020]  It is difficult to put ourselves into the position of someone who lived during the U.S. Civil War.  American citizens today, nor any time since, have experienced nothing like the level of destruction and loss of life during such a war.  And, like all wars, nothing was straightforward about it.  The Emancipation Proclamation by President… Read More »

Pick of the Litter

By | September 21, 2020

[September 21, 2020]  I admit it, I love dogs.  My life began with my trusty Cocker Spaniel “Rusty,” and we were inseparable.  Dogs have a special connection with humans, a meta-story that tells of great companionships.  But today, I’m talking about another story.  This is about how leaders are chosen.  I’m calling it the pick of the litter… Read More »