Author Archives: Merrick "Mac" Carey

Grover Connell: A Great American, A Friend of Lexington, and A Model of What Freedom Can Enable A terrific friend and supporter of the Lexington Institute passed away in May. Grover Connell was 100 when he died, and he ran his privately held multi-billion dollar company to the end. He was simply an amazing guy. Grover was [Read More...]
A Window On World War Two On June 5th The Wall Street Journal published a feature on the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  The museum is an excellent immersion in the dramatic history of that war, as well as a look at the [Read More...]
5 Reasons Donald Trump Should Love the F-35 (Like Containing China) (From The National Interest) President Donald Trump is concerned about the costs associated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But the F-35 is arguably crucial to five Trump Administration priorities.  While working to control costs on the aircraft, the new administration should also consider [Read More...]
Frank Rose: The Impact of Emerging Security Challenges on Strategic Stability Frank Rose is Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, and a long-time Capitol Hill, Pentagon and State Department security leader.  Attached is his “farewell address” at the University of Virginia after eight years in the Obama State Department, and [Read More...]
Will General Mattis Have a Back Seat on the Trump Train? The ambitious and unwieldy Trump policy agenda will likely generate severe budget and deficit tensions in his coalition sooner than expected.  And there appears to be more momentum and agreement behind the president-elect’s infrastructure, tax cut and deregulation plans than [Read More...]
Election Drivers Favor Clinton The internet and cable TV have never-ending primal screams about emails and locker room talk, but most presidential elections are decided on fundamentals, or at least with candidates that understand the fundamentals.  Five key fundamentals are:presidential job approval “direction [Read More...]
Why This Year’s Chaotic Primary Season Might Be A Positive Sign For America’s Future The political season is in high-gear in America, and as always there is no greater spectator sport.  The only thing missing is the cheerleaders (unless you count CNN).  This year’s drama is even more intense than usual.  We saw the [Read More...]
Jefferson’s Political Revolution Thomas Jefferson was 33 years old when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, so it is probably too late for you and me to achieve such a notable level of fame. He also attempted, in his draft, to blast the [Read More...]
Churchill Ascends To Prime Minister: 75th Anniversary Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill taking power as Prime Minister of Britain (May 10, 1940) and, perhaps, saving Western Civilization from sliding into darkness. 20-20 hindsight is often the norm when we read history, and it is [Read More...]
All Quiet On The Western Front: Counter-terror At Home Seems To Be Working It is a dicey proposition to write a blog on how well counter-terror operations are going.  Knock on wood, the moment you publish it something could go real wrong. But since September 11, 2001 we Americans have not suffered another [Read More...]
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