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

June 2, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT
The governing theory of President Barack Obama's foreign policy swung into full view Sunday when Thomas Freidman wrote in his Sunday New York Times Column: "When President Obama sits down to write his foreign policy memoir he may be tempted to use as his book title the four words he reportedly uses privately to summarize the Obama doctrine: 'Don't Do Stupid Stuff'...
May 19, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT
Our Nation's Capital has been agitated to the point of needing medication over the two big stories involving Hillary Clinton and Jill Abramson.
May 12, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, told CBS news that the scandal in Phoenix, "makes me angry." Makes him angry? It should make him gone.
May 5, 2014, 4:31 AM EDT
I am not a conspiracy guy, but the White House has some explaining to do and all the bluster by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) will not change that fact.
May 1, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT
Today, May 1, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first use of a computer program that changed my life.
April 28, 2014, 5:51 AM EDT
Assuming the Russians don't drive tanks over the border into eastern Ukraine, the major issue on the minds of federal and provincial officials is the May 25 election for president.
April 24, 2014, 5:14 AM EDT
Why did a fairly routine jab by the Russian air force drew a banner headline on Drudge?
April 21, 2014, 7:38 AM EDT
Democratic operatives and message mavens over the past two weeks and they have been vociferous in their claims that Republicans are wrong in their estimation that Obamacare will be a negative issue for Democrats in November's elections.
April 17, 2014, 4:28 AM EDT
I hope Kathleen Sebelius does run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas, and I hope she runs on Obamacare. That would nationalize the Senate race in Kansas and give every other Republican candidate in the country a pivot point with their voters. Then there's Wendy Davis...
April 14, 2014, 8:13 AM EDT
Sebelius' biggest sin was not in overseeing Obamacare's breach birth. It was handing Congressional Republicans a gift of enormous, massive, gargantuan proportions because, you may remember, the GOP had just finished shutting down the government over the issue of Obamacare as an unworkable program.
April 10, 2014, 4:32 AM EDT
The situation in Ukraine is going in the wrong direction at increasing speed.
April 7, 2014, 5:54 AM EDT
I now have an iPhone that, after a spin through the wash, is d.e.a.d, but very clean. I'm blaming it on Obamacare.
March 27, 2014, 6:51 AM EDT
There is no issue - NO issue - on which the President cracks 50 percent approval. On the issue of the "federal budget and spending," he scored a dismal 33-63 disapproval. Note to GOP candidates: Write that down.
March 24, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
While waiting for some actual news about that missing airliner, my attention moved back to Ukraine generally, and to the whole sanction thing in particular.
March 20, 2014, 4:52 AM EDT
CNN is now wall-to-wall in its Flight 370 coverage, and if you're wondering why they are betting so heavily on that one story -- the answer is ratings.
March 17, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT
President Obama has used up his political capital. The cupboard is bare. His disdain for the Article I branch is exceeded only by his dislike of the Article III branch.
March 13, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT
There is no question that both sides were pointing to, and investing heavily in, the Florida congressional race, if only for the bragging rights going forward.
March 10, 2014, 4:34 AM EDT
Can we take a day off from Ukraine and CPAC and missing airliners to celebrate something very special? It's the need for most of us to want to learn new things; and for being blessed by having a few people who know about those things and, more important, know how to explain them to the rest of us.
March 6, 2014, 4:44 AM EST
In addition to Vladimir Putin's strutting and fretting his hour upon the world stage, the big news out of the U.S. Senate yesterday was that seven Democrats voted with all 44 Republicans on a test vote on the confirmation of a guy named Debo Adegbile to be the head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
March 3, 2014, 6:21 AM EST
It is unlikely we will go to war with Russia over Crimea. But, if those Russian tanks were to begin to roll westward, we might be looking at Cold War II and President Obama's choices would shrink very quickly.