Obama, Thurgood Marshall and the Importance of a Long Term Vision

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the death of Thurgood Marshall.  He was a complicated man and perhaps the person most responsible for ending segregation in America; first as Chief Counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund and then as a Supreme Court Justice. Marshall had immeasurable courage, once saving an innocent plaintiff from certain… Continue reading

Average is Over and Obama’s New Manufacturing Initiative

ast week President Obama announced plans to build a high tech industrial institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. The public/academic/private partnership will produce next-generation semiconductors, and is the first of 3 planned manufacturing projects by the Administration. “We’re not going to turn things around overnight,” President Obama told the crowd, but “we are going to start… Continue reading

Why Edward Snowden is Only the Begining

Institutions need to evolve. “Spy Kids” by Charles Stross explains how the US created a bureaucratic culture that impedes that evolution. “We fool ourselves into thinking that our national culture is static and slow moving,” writes Stross. He argues that the government, specifically the security agencies, are designed for a culture of long term employment–Unfortunately… Continue reading

Chuck Hagel’s Foreign Policy Roadmap

In 2004 Chuck Hagel, Obama’s current nominee for Secretary of Defense, outlined his foreign policy vision. Writing for Foreign Affairs Hagel looked more like Madeline Albright or William Coehn than Dick Cheney.  In fact, his support for international organizations is downright giddy. “The UN is more relevant today than it has ever been,” he wrote to the… Continue reading