First, please let me share a little of my personal history with you.
I’m a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a degree in business. While in college I joined the NROTC and after graduation spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. I was a reconnaissance officer in the beginning of my military career and in Intelligence at the end. I served my country another six years as a Marine Reserve officer in San Diego, California, where I had started a small defense company. I remain Chairman of that company today. My son is CEO. “When I started to plan my semi-retirement a couple of years ago, I knew that I had an awful lot to be thankful for. Life has been very good to me. I knew I wanted to give something back to my fellow man, and especially those at the very bottom of the economic ladder—those who were down and held down, disadvantaged to the degree that few Americans can really understand.
My time in the Marine Corps, and in the defense industry, has given me the opportunity to travel much of the world. “I can tell those of you who are not well-traveled that when you leave this great country of ours, you’ll discover that most of the rest of the world lives in abject poverty.
Yes, there are a lot of reasons why, but, in general, the reasons are political, educational, economic, and the greed of their leadership. In my judgment, America as far and away the wealthiest, well educated, largest, most influential economy in the world has not, does not always, assume a proper leadership role.
Foreign policy-wise, in my opinion, we cause as many problems as we correct. Are Americans a generous people? Yes, we give away billions every year! But, we’re not smart enough to require proper accountability for the hard-earned money we send offshore. I am not sure our politicians really even care, as long as they get their share of the pork.
“Look at New Orleans—our politically focused leaders can’t effectively manage money right here in the United States when U.S. citizens are desperate for help. Look at the billions we’ve sent to Iraq, for which there is not even a proper paper trail to track its disappearance. How about the billions we’re spending on the war on drugs?
Has that changed drug use in the United States? In the war on drugs, U.S. citizens are the problem, not the Colombians or Afghans. And there’s the war on illegal immigration. We’re spending billions on walls and fences to protect us from our next-door neighbor Mexico.
Come on! Does that make sense to you? Did the Great Wall of China protect the Chinese? Did the Berlin Wall protect Russia? Long, tall walls went out as protection following the Medieval Age.
The foreign policy of the United States in some cases has been, and is, a failure perpetuated by Republican and Democratic politicians alike, who spend most of their time and energy developing strategies and tactics in a very expensive battle for control and supremacy of their political careers and party. That which is ethical, moral, legal, and in the spirit of our great Constitution, are the ideals to which our founders subscribed, but not the ideals to which many of our elected politicians aspire.
CUBA Unchained is my last great effort to show that any one man or woman can change the course of mankind on the world stage, including each of you