Washington’s Afghan Fudge Flavored Self-licking Ice Cream Cone

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier. – Rudyard Kipling Despite the impression that numerous posts may have created, I don’t always conduct consultations in my… Continue reading Washington’s Afghan Fudge Flavored Self-licking Ice Cream Cone

Better the Putin You Know than the Putin You Don’t

As the day after Christmas before a weekend, this Friday was a federal holiday, but to about half of my clients, that didn’t mean squat. For quite a few of them, it was just another Friday, either because they’re not Christians and they don’t care a fig about when Jesus was born, or, like Dr.… Continue reading Better the Putin You Know than the Putin You Don’t

Obama Shoots the Skeet at Camp David

At thirteen minutes past ten this morning, Gretchen and I were laboring through another working Saturday with a full schedule of clients, when I received an urgent call from Kathryn Cordite, a staffer for United States Representative Marsha Blackburn (R – Tennessee). “She’s pretty near hysterical,” Gretchen told me as she peeked through the heavy… Continue reading Obama Shoots the Skeet at Camp David

OMB Sequestration Report Cuts the Cheese in Washington

A billion here… a billion there… pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. – Everett Dirksen’s Eccentric Aunt Tilly At the moment, by far the most popular US government document over three hundred pages here in Washington is the Office of Management and Budget’s Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012.  For… Continue reading OMB Sequestration Report Cuts the Cheese in Washington

Karzai’s Circus Under the Big Top Potential Big Flop

Khus Dihugami Dadamizo, Special International Policy Emissary of His Excellency President Hamid Karzai for the Embassy of Afghanistan to the United States of America entered my office this morning with a desultory nod in my direction, then made a bee line for the rest room, bringing his attaché case in there with him.  Twenty minutes… Continue reading Karzai’s Circus Under the Big Top Potential Big Flop