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

November 3, 2014, 8:38 AM EST
With the laser focus on a couple of handfuls of races for the U.S. Senate, it is sometimes hard to remember that all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs on Tuesday as well.
October 30, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT
This is a difficult MULLINGS to write because I am not certain how I would react if it were me. The issue is mandatory isolation - quarantine - of doctors, nurses, and military personnel who have been in the Ebola area of West Africa.
October 23, 2014, 4:46 AM EDT
Does anyone doubt that the Committee on Environment might have a different slant being chaired by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe than it did under California Senator Barbara Boxer?
October 20, 2014, 7:24 AM EDT
Bush didn't ask for a hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast and cause the New Orleans levees to overflow. Obama didn't ask for an Ebola outbreak in western Africa to show up on U.S. soil.
October 16, 2014, 4:54 AM EDT
I have been on both sides of these elections and, as a general rule, the party that is behind tends to lose all the close elections, and some elections that you thought were safe become nail-biters on election night.
October 13, 2014, 6:11 AM EDT
What would be helpful would be the Administration putting together a senior team of experts - health, management, military and anyone else who can be helpful - to help calm the fears of those Americans who believe that we really don't have a clear understanding of what we're facing or how to cope with it.
October 9, 2014, 4:37 AM EDT
How have we gone from wildly swinging oil prices in the face of even a hint of a wind storm in Eastern Saudi Arabia to ho-hum over potentially major supply interruptions? We're producing more oil right here in the U.S. of A. That's how.
October 6, 2014, 8:02 AM EDT
You could hear Democrats groan from coast to coast, after President Barack Obama said, in a speech at Northwestern University: "I am not on the ballot this fall … But make no mistake: [My] policies are on the ballot -- every single one of them."
October 2, 2014, 7:07 AM EDT
In light of the Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation, if I were the president, here's what I'd do. Today.
September 29, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT
I used to be a PTSD denier. I believed, having never been to war, that if someone were tough enough they could go to war, come home and, assuming no physical wounds, resume their lives as before. Then I went to Iraq for six months in 2003-2004.
September 25, 2014, 5:12 AM EDT
On Oct. 2, 2002, Senator Barack Obama said in a major speech in Chicago that "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." By definition, then, this must be a "smart war."
September 22, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT
President Barack Obama spoke about the Ebola outbreak in west Africa during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week: "Faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to us, the United States. And it's a responsibility that we embrace."
September 18, 2014, 4:40 AM EDT
Whether or not he truly believes airpower alone will accomplish the "degrading and ultimate destruction" of ISIL, the odd-coupling of the anti-war Left and the isolationist Right against another drawn out military engagement in the region makes committing to - or even suggesting - the use of ground forces politically impossible.
September 15, 2014, 5:49 AM EDT
I know there is a lot going on in the world, but I want to spend today on the concept known as Net Neutrality.
September 11, 2014, 6:22 AM EDT
Not only will this speech not accomplish whatever the White House was hoping for, but it now puts all those shaky Democrats running for public office - especially the U.S. Senate - in a position to have to answer questions like "Will [would] you vote for the President's plan?" without having any idea what that plan actually entails.
September 8, 2014, 7:40 AM EDT
President Barack Obama had another very bad week. It was only because former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted on eleven of fourteen counts of corruption that Mr. Obama didn't walk away with the Worst Week honors.
August 28, 2014, 5:46 AM EDT
As the August recess draws to a close, and the traditional election season begins post-Labor Day, let's take a look at what others think might happen later this fall.
August 25, 2014, 8:13 AM EDT
Think about all the times you've said "I need a vacation after my vacation." Then think about Mr. Obama's week.
August 21, 2014, 5:15 AM EDT
I don't begrudge President Obama some time off, but the murder of James Foley is a significant change in the nature of the War on Terror. He needs to consider whether playing golf on Martha's Vineyard projects a better image than being in the White House right now.
August 18, 2014, 5:28 AM EDT
Most police departments do not need armored, anti-IED personnel carriers for the routine checking of parking meters, unless the parking meters are in Fallujah.