Chinese New Year
February 12, 2015
It was wonderful to join the Embassy of China's celebration of the Chinese New Year. Better understanding each other is a vital path to harmonious relations.
Obama's Authorization To Fail
DailyCaller Opinion Piece
February 11, 2015
"There are two ways to win a military battle: fast and slow. Winning fast depends on strength — it requires going in with all you've got to get the job done. Winning slow depends on sustaining or ignoring the public's patience – it requires the endurance to outlast the will of the enemy.
Authorizing a strategy to win fast (three year limit) without strength (a restriction on ground troops) is almost certain to be a path to failure. Congress should reject the authorization for force to address the threat of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) as proposed by President Barack Obama."
Risky Business - Responding to Climate Change
Sec. Hank Paulson at Economic Club
Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast
February 5, 2015
Minnesota Public Radio broadcast the Economic Club of Minnesota's event with Sec. Hank Paulson and Cargill Chairman Greg Page discussion the introduction on the Risky Business report of climate change in the Midwest. The event was moderated by Steve Sanger, Hon. Tim Penny and myself, as Chairman of the Economic Club.
State of Manufacturing Address - Trade Report
Hosting Jay Timmons at Economic Club
February 4, 2015
It was an honor for the Economic Club of Minnesota that I chair to host the kickoff to the National Association of Manufacturers annual State of Manufacturing Report. The NAM President Jay Timmons emphasized the importance of passing trade legislation pending before Congress.
Will Ash Carter's Confirmation Hearing Reveal Obama's Syria Strategy?
Foreign Policy Opinion Piece
February 3, 2015
"In his State of the Union address last month President Barack Obama called on Congress "to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL," using another name for the so-called Islamic State. Now he is asking the Senate to ratify his appointment of Ash Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense.
Before members of Congress affirm that they are "united in this mission" in the manner in which President Obama is directing it, they need to better understand his strategy in the region. Carter's confirmation hearing is a perfect venue to seek clarification."