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Politics junkies beware! There’s a lot of bad stuff out there

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      Ed Ross

      Ed Ross is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EWRoss International LLC. He is the former Principal Director, Security Cooperation Operations, Defense Security Cooperation Agency; former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/MIA Affairs; and former Senior Director for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

      As a US Army Officer he served as the Assistant Army Attaché to the People's Republic of China, as a senior political-military analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency, and as the Chief, Counterespionage-Counterintelligence, 500th Military Intelligence Group, Hawaii, where he directed operations in the Asia Pacific theater.

      His military service includes two tours of duty in Vietnam. As an artillery forward and air observer with the 9th Infantry Division's Mobile Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta, he flew more than 300 combat and combat support missions in O-1 and H-23 aircraft. As a military intelligence officer, he commanded intelligence-collection detachments of the 525th Military Intelligence Group in Pleiku and Nha Trang.

      Ed Ross’ civilian awards include the rank of Meritorious Senior Executive, conferred by President George W. Bush; three Secretary of Defense Medals for Meritorious Civilian Service, conferred by Secretaries Dick Cheney, William Perry, and Robert Gates; the Order of Resplendent Banner with Yellow Grand Cordon, presented by Republic of China Minister of Defense Lee Tien-yu, and the Outstanding Achievement Medal, presented by Philippine Secretary of National Defense, Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr.

      His military awards include the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with "V" Device with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, and the Aircraft Crewman’s Badge. Ed Ross was inducted into the Artillery Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in May 1997.

      Ed Ross has completed extensive postgraduate work in International Relations and United States Domestic Politics at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He received his Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs, "With Distinction," from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois.

      He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.; the Defense Language Institute, Washington, DC; and the American Embassy School for Chinese Language and Area Studies, Taichung, Taiwan.

      He has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. He is the author of numerous articles on US-China-Taiwan military relations and other topics. He writes a weekly Internet column posted at EWRoss.com and The DailyCaller.com.

Political junkies on the left and the right require their daily fix. No sooner do they awake each morning than they turn on their computers, iPads, and smart phones and inject their favorite political narcotic directly into their brain through their eyeballs. When their brains have absorbed all they can tolerate, they go about their daily routines, returning to their source throughout the day and evening for just enough dope to maintain their high. Immediately before and after elections, however, they are prone to overdose on the bad along with the good. Beware, political junkies, there’s a lot of bad stuff out there!

There are two particularly bad strains of mind-altering political analysis that suppliers are providing their addicts these days. On the left, originating mostly in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, it’s all about the 2010 elections; on the right, principally coming out of Washington, D.C., it’s about 2012.

The progressive left, which thought it had reached the Promised Land when Barack Obama was elected in 2008, continues to get high on columns and blogs that tell them the 2010 mid-term elections haven’t ejected them from paradise. The promise of the progressive agenda is alive and well; they just have to adjust their strategy and tactics.

They’re not happy with their messiah, Barack Obama; he’s let them down. They’re not abandoning him, not yet anyway, but they’re looking for ways to better influence elected Democratic officials and office holders to do more, not less, of what’s on the progressive to-do list.

Even the godfather of the progressive underworld, George Soros, speaking at a closed-door meeting of the Democracy Alliance said, “We have just lost an election, we need to draw a line . . . and if this president can’t do what we need, its time to start looking somewhere else.” He wasn’t talking, necessarily, about a challenger to Obama in the 2012 primaries, but of other ways of influencing the critical here and now.

Nancy Pelosi is still in denial after the elections and celebrating progressive accomplishments. She believes it was high unemployment that caused Democrats’ losses, not the progressive agenda, and she’s staying in the new Congress as the House minority leader to finish what she started with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Before the election, President Obama forecasted that if Republicans took one or both houses of Congress, there would be hand-to-hand combat. Pelosi is preparing for that hand-to-hand combat, and the addicts that depend on the same progressive juice she depends on are egging her on.

For the right, still high on the Republican victories in hundreds of state elections across the country, the political narcotic du jour now is speculation over which Republican candidate can win the 2012 presidential election. Republicans are salivating at the prospect of making Barack Obama a one-term president and recapturing the White House, and they want to make sure they pick a winner.

Most of the speculation revolves around whether Sarah Palin will or won’t run, and if she runs, could she win? Increasingly, Republican political gurus believe she might win the nomination in 2012, but if she did, she would almost certainly lose the election to Obama. It’s not that the issues Karl Rove, Charles Krauthammer, and others raise about the obstacles that stand between Palin and the White house aren’t true. It’s the excessive focus on who can win the general election, at this early point, as opposed to what the Republican nominee should win that’s the tainted drug. Overdosing on it could lead Republicans to do what Democrats did — nominate a winner who turns out to be a loser for the party.