Rich Galen

Nowhere in the article are the words "Barack" or "Obama" mentioned.

I'm certain he's asking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each and every day - maybe even calling her at 3 AM - for advice, but he hasn't said much publicly about what role, if any, the U.S should play if the NATO scheme continues on its present course.

Last thing.

The Lad who, because he has become a personality in his own right now has a name - Reed - had an essay published in Real Clear Politics titled "Why Generation X Should Thank Paul Ryan.

He's always been a better businessman than I. He favors his mom, so he's far better looking than I. And this is another indication that he's a better writer than I.

Yesterday was his 35th birthday, so he's just coming into the prime of his working career. It also means I'm … Oh, my they're calling my flight.

I don't want to pull an Obama and be late.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to "The Office," to the Krugman NYT column, to the Guardian look at the squabble among NATO members and to The Lad's piece in RCP.

No Mullfoto today because … I don't know why. But there is a Catchy Caption.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at