Iraq’s Senior Leadership Contrast

By | June 15, 2014

[June 15, 2014] The two senior leaders could not be more different. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and ISIS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are two sides of a very long and often brutal clash within the Muslim faith. It is not surprising then, that Iraq’s senior leadership contrast will overshadow the final confrontation. This will be a conflict… Read More »

Flag Day 2014

By | June 14, 2014

[June 14, 2014] Flag Day 2014. If a person ever had a split second to do something great, it would be a moment we certainly would never forget. That was the case in 1976 during a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rick Monday, the Cubs’ center fielder, rescued the American flag seconds… Read More »

Vet Voice Foundation

By | June 13, 2014

[June 13, 2014] Whenever I see an exceptional example of leadership, I’m willing to point it out. Yesterday I was contacted by a retired, military flag officer who asked me to look at Vet Voice Foundation (VVF).  This is a legitimate organization doing good things for our military veterans. The Vet Voice Foundation is both non-profit and non-partisan. Their… Read More »

A Failed Management Culture in the VA

By | June 13, 2014

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer] [June 13, 2014] Yeah, I’m a user of a Veterans Administration hospital, one in my hometown. I generally get good service when I go. That’s the good news, now the bad. NEWS FLASH: The VA scandal will continue because nothing is being done that will change the failed management culture; a… Read More »

Iraq Leadership Stumbles

By | June 13, 2014

[June 13, 2014] The United States gave up on Iraq years ago and the Iraq leadership stumbles as a result. Yet there is not a senior leader in the U.S. military who would confidently say Iraq’s future was assured after pulling out our military forces. News comes to us that the ISIS, a militant offshoot of Sunni al-Qaeda,… Read More »

“Tear Down this Wall”

By | June 12, 2014

[June 12, 2014] Considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th Century, U.S. President Ronald Reagan spoke these lines on June 12, 1987 as part of a major speech to the citizens of West Berlin. In the speech, he addressed the Soviet Union’s General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and told him to sign up for peace and prosperity… Read More »

Magnanimous in Victory

By | June 12, 2014

[June 12, 2014] Playing little league baseball while growing up in the deep South brought with it a number of lessons in life. These lessons were to later translate into successful leadership traits that were to stay with me the rest of my military career. In fact, I think that was the point of the game; besides having… Read More »