Decoding Donald™

 

Pinging a Position: Of the Pope, Apartheid, Hillary and Boehner

May 1, 2014

For more on this post listen to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 05.01.14 Whether in St. Peter’s Square, where the Pope snapped selfies, or in a private Washington, D.C.  chamber, where Secretary of State John Kerry snapped shut his briefcase, it was a week where the subtle side of influence was on display.  Viewed from the […]

Just Okay Plays: From Ferns to Perth to Russia to Redskins

April 3, 2014

For more on this post listen to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 4.03.14 Sometimes it’s as useful to study mediocre plays as it is to study the good ones.  Here below are four you might say are just okay, or maybe worse. BARACK OBAMA’S BIG RISK.  Thanks to actor Bradley Cooper, Barack Obama got the tip […]

Words More Than Weapons Define the Ukraine Tussle

March 25, 2014

For influence aficionados, a useful byproduct of The Cold War was the improving understanding of power and strategy, how it presents itself and how it’s wielded.   The nearly half-century-long American-Soviet standoff was not just a conflict of kinetics — the term for moving troops and warheads alike — but of a war of bravado, posture […]

Seven Plays From House of Cards: Online Drama Borrows Offline Playbook

March 12, 2014

For more on this post listen to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 3.12.14 The Netflix hit series House of Cards has lately begged the question, Is truth stranger than fiction?  It’s also earned the head-shaking reply, For the country’s sake, I hope not! But from the strategist’s perspective, there’s little to distinguish TV from DC, and there’s […]

The Strategy of Sochi: Did Censorship or Friendship Define the Winter Games?

February 24, 2014

For more on this post listen to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 2.26.14 With the conclusion of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Americans and our media are trying to understand if The Games amounted to a campaign of state censorship or a kind of new-order friendship.  My view is that it was more of the latter.  Here’s […]