John McCaslin

In his 1998 book, “The Next War,” Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger predicted that the United States by 2003 would be at war — albeit not with Iraq, Iran, North Korea or anybody else found in today’s “axis of evil.”

Rather, Weinberger, who died March 28, surmised the United States would be at war with Mexico, of all vacation destinations.

He based his belief on growing social unrest along the U.S. and Mexican border, exacerbated by illegal aliens.

Now, in his new book, “In Mortal Danger,” Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, points out that while Weinberger’s scenario has yet to play out, “there are signs that ‘Cap’ knew what he was talking about.”


That was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and veteran presidential adviser David Gergen paying tribute yesterday morning to former President Gerald R. Ford, who was not on hand for the National Archives observance.

While the Ford presidency wasn’t the longest — just more than two years — it certainly was significant historically, both men agreed: the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, the arrival of Vietnamese refugees in America, an offer of amnesty to draft-dodgers, the signing of the Helsinki Accords, and the pardon of former President Richard Nixon.

Mr. Ford was the first vice president chosen under the terms of the 25th Amendment and, after the Watergate scandal, succeeded the first president ever to resign.


Hundreds, if not thousands, of congressional news advisories are forwarded each day to reporters, lobbyists and other interested parties by the staff of senators, congressmen, committees, commissions, caucuses and task forces.

For these quotidian mailings to warrant even a second glance often requires some unique creativity on the part of the sender.

This column has observed for several months how Andrea LeBlanc, deputy director of communications for the House Committee on Government Reform, begins the committee’s weekly schedule update with personal greetings and other completely unrelated observations, as if she were chatting with a group of close friends or old college chums.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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