Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher."

His career includes work in and out of politics, in and out of the United States.

In 2003-2004, Rich did a tour of duty in Iraq where he went at the request of the White House. The assignment - which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, he was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America.

My Articles

August 14, 2014, 5:09 AM EDT
"Hugging it out" is Kum-By-Ah on steroids. We are quickly building up forces -- air and land forces -- to return to Iraq. We don't want or need hugs. We don't need a campfire. We need cannon fire.
August 11, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT
I know many of you are not terribly interested in foreign affairs, but Iraq - of all places - may well become THE issue of the mid-term elections.
August 7, 2014, 6:20 AM EDT
I want to talk about the fact that Barack Obama appears to be hell-bent on setting up a fight to the finish with, at least, the Republican-led U.S. House, if not with the Congress as a whole.
August 4, 2014, 5:22 AM EDT
Obamacare: The gift that keeps on giving.
July 31, 2014, 4:53 AM EDT
Obamacare overruns will end up where these thing always end up -- costing the average American more money.
July 28, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT
With talk of impeachment, the Obama Administration is trying to gin up the Democratic base with 100 days to go before a mid-term election that might well cost them control of the Senate.
July 24, 2014, 4:45 AM EDT
The danger for the President and for Democrats running for election in November is that this story is easy to understand and may become a metaphor for what people believe about this President: That he is detached, disinterested, and bored with the whole President thing.
July 21, 2014, 4:44 AM EDT
As far as I can tell, it is not disputed that the rockets Hamas is using are being - or have been - supplied by Iran.
July 17, 2014, 5:15 AM EDT
When you consider Ukraine/Russia; Iraq/ISIS; Israel/Hamas; Libya/Libya; and all the other trouble spots around the world that the U.S. no longer has much sway in helping cool off, "detached" is probably the gentlest thing we can say about President Obama's foreign policy efforts.
July 14, 2014, 5:37 AM EDT
I am not a World Cup denier. I understand that futbol is the most popular sport in the world - everywhere except Estados Unidos. I expect it is so popular because it can be played by anywhere by any number of kids as long as there is a ball and an empty lot.
July 10, 2014, 6:44 AM EDT
It is one thing for Republicans to point fingers at President Barack Obama. It is something else for a Democrat to point a finger at Barack Obama.
July 7, 2014, 7:13 AM EDT
Let's chat about the state of campaigns for the United State Senate in the midterm elections on November 4.
June 30, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT
Iraq, as you might have been reading, is dangerously close to collapse with the army of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) having attacked and taken control of large swaths of the country.
June 26, 2014, 4:02 AM EDT
This was supposed to be a virulently anti-incumbent year. Long-time denizens of Washington, D.C., were presumed to be in real trouble. They will lose. Their time is over. Except it's not happening.
June 23, 2014, 4:08 AM EDT
But for this weekend, at least, a group of senior citizens were young high school graduates again and got to share their 18+ thousand calendar pages with one another leaving with a new little twinkle in our collective reading-glasses-needed eyes, the better for having reconnected, and having relived, the days that have gone by oh so quickly.
June 19, 2014, 4:20 AM EDT
Find the damned money and get these men and women who have "borne the battle" the medical care they have earned.
June 16, 2014, 4:32 AM EDT
It is an all of our interests to at least keep tabs on what is going on elsewhere in the world. The world, as we have learned all too well, is a much smaller place than it used to be.
June 12, 2014, 5:01 AM EDT
The last time a sitting member of the House GOP leadership was beaten in a primary was in 1992 when the late Rep. Guy Vander Jagt lost the primary for his Western Michigan seat to Pete Hoekstra. I was Guy Vander Jagt's campaign manager, and I managed to manage him right into retirement.
June 9, 2014, 4:28 AM EDT
The big lesson of D-Day is that leadership means taking responsibility. Whether a mother telling her kids not to waste food, to a soldier leading an attack, to a sailor trying to maneuver through high seas and racing tides, to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force.
June 5, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT
Here's the only part of the story I am sure about: The Obama White House is politically so far back on its heels that it is damned near flat on its back.