Sol W. Sanders

 RJMorton

As Obama reflects on his legacy, here is a gentle, corrective re-assessment

As Obama reflects on his legacy, here is a gentle, corrective re-assessment

By Sol W. Sanders  November 16, 2016 Historians will debate the importance of the Obama Administration and its role in American history for decades to come, of course. The legacy which presidents leave behind them is always a concern of our chief executives, and it has been of even more importance to Barack Obama. As […]

 RJMorton

Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

By Sol W. Sanders September 5, 2016 It would be hard to exaggerate the mess in the Middle East that President Barack Obama is leaving his successor. While the five-year Syrian civil war continues unabated, pitting a number of different armed groups against each other with their foreign sponsors, Washington is caught in its own […]

 Freepressers

Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

By Sol W. Sanders BEIJING – Only a few hours in this capital of a country with 1.3 billion people are enough to pose the question of whether the control of the Communist Party may not be cracking under the growing strains accompanying the exposure of its economy to the outside world. Stalin perhaps had […]

 Freepressers

Abe's post-tsunami comeback strategy for Japan may add nuclear and military muscle

Abe's post-tsunami comeback strategy for Japan may add nuclear and military muscle

By Sol W. Sanders Tokyo – Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is racing against time. His recent landslide victory was a vote against the fumbling incumbent Democratic Party of Japan, which was from its inception a collection of diametrically opposed ideological partners. It scooped up leftwing socialists and disgruntled conservatives who left Abe’s “government” […]

 Freepressers

Obama's security triplets: U.S. soft power may have unintended hard consequences

Obama's security triplets: U.S. soft power may have unintended hard consequences

By Sol W. Sanders The President’s nominations for his second security cabinet – State, Defense and CIA – mark a break with America’s post-World War II strategies. Now that the first shoe has dropped, his nomination of favorites for the jobs, it remains to be seen what allies in Europe and Asia will make of […]

 Freepressers

Rolling the dice: The Chinese Communist Party bets it can beat the odds

Rolling the dice: The Chinese Communist Party bets it can beat the odds

By Sol W. Sanders Perhaps more than Westerners, Chinese have a gambling streak. Even during the darkest hours of Maoist oppression and pretended Puritanism, Beijing tolerated gambling on its southern flank in the Portuguese colony of Macau. Now reincorporated into China, in 2012 the world’s largest casino, holding the country’s only legal gambling monopoly, raked […]

 Freepressers

Talk and more talk but no action to limit an out-of-control federal bureaucracy

Talk and more talk but no action to limit an out-of-control federal bureaucracy

By Sol W. Sanders Growing up in the 1930s, we had a favorite expression: You are talking it to death. And talking to death is about where Washington is on the nation’s fiscal problems, at this writing locked in battle toward the armageddon of “sequestration” when broad, uneconomic swaths would be cut through government expenditures. […]

 Freepressers

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

 Freepressers

Out of control monster bureaucracies: Take the National Security Council, please

Out of control monster bureaucracies: Take the National Security Council, please

By Sol W. Sanders Macabre aspects continue to surface concerning the Sept. 11 Bengahzi events, when four Americans, including the first U.S. ambassador in more than three decades, were murdered, with less than adequate security and no aid during a seven-hour attack. United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for secretary of state […]

 Freepressers

Compromise with Obama's 'balanced approach' will not begin to solve a wrecked economy

Compromise with Obama's 'balanced approach' will not begin to solve a wrecked economy

By Sol W. Sanders Nothing could be more intellectually fashionable these days than the idea that the middle ground is where the solution to all problems can be found, particularly when it comes to the ailing U.S. economy. But “compromise,” the New Oxford American Dictionary tells us, has another meaning: “the acceptance of standards that […]

1 2 3 13