On Hypocrisy, Bold and Otherwise

  Perhaps it was my 25+ years of active duty military service. Perhaps it was the values instilled in me by my parents growing up. Perhaps it was the cumulative impact of teachers, friends, strangers, books, and after-school specials. Most likely, it was all of these that gave me a powerful sense that one must…

On Church and State

Roughly eight years ago, I was asked to offer a few thoughts in the form of a guest sermon at a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Much of what is below was in those remarks, though a bit has been updated and, I hope, made more focused and interesting. I was asked to speak on…

On National Security Council Membership

The recent actions by President Trump regarding "membership" on the National Security Council are both unprecedented and dangerous. I feel it appropriate to offer a few thoughts on this issue from my perspective as a retired career military officer, and as a former associate professor of political science at the USAF Academy. I taught the…