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Grounds for American optimism in times that require courage

Grounds for American optimism in times that require courage

By Sol W. Sanders “A policy of strategic ambiguity” is a striped-pants way of saying “keep your opponent guessing”. It can also be a Foggy Bottom euphemism for lack of policy or not knowing what to do in a difficult situation. It has the advantage of keeping your opponent off balance, never quite sure what […]

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What will trigger the looming global economic disaster?

What will trigger the looming global economic disaster?

By Sol W. Sanders The geopolitical question of the hour: is there a tripwire that will tie together a series of regional crises bringing on another 2007-08 worldwide economic disaster? Lehman Brothers’ collapse dramatized how enhanced interconnections can tumble through the new world economy with domino effect. But if the world finance mavim know a […]

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Obama's disastrous energy strategy: One part black magic, two parts propaganda

Obama's disastrous energy strategy: One part black magic, two parts propaganda

By Sol W. Sanders Again, and again, we must return to energy, the mother’s milk of the economy where the Obama Administration’s ham-fisted tactics are strangling the baby of recovery in the crib. In his June 29th press conference, the president again singled out rebates to push U.S. fossil fuel production in his demand for […]

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From 'Arab spring' to a grim Arab summer

From 'Arab spring' to a grim Arab summer

  By Sol W. Sanders What a few months ago seemed an irresistible wave of rising expectations forcing a renaissance in Tunisia, Egypt and other “moderate” Muslim societies, now has been stymied.  But the uprisings have had economic and political consequences. Other consequences, still unforeseen, are bound to come along, but for the moment we […]

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Why the U.S. must not allow the nuclear state Pakistan to implode

Why the U.S. must not allow the nuclear state Pakistan to implode

By Sol W. Sanders Everything about Pakistan from its very beginning has been anomalous. It was dreamed up by romantic poets but survival has depended on a stolid military drawing on British Indian Army professionalism. Its parameters were defined by Islam but its secularist elite sought a nation-state where none had ever existed. Its ethnic […]

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Marines' rapid response to the tsunami and Chinese aggressiveness reinforce U.S.-Japan alliance

Marines' rapid response to the tsunami and Chinese aggressiveness reinforce U.S.-Japan alliance

By Sol W. Sanders Obscured by the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear-threat tragedy, and Mideast crises, there have been subtle Western Pacific geopolitical shifts. With little publicity in U.S. [or for that matter, the left-leaning Japanese mainstream] media, American military forces played a magnificent role in rescue and early clean-up of the Japanese tsunami. Grotesquely incompetent Japanese politicians – […]

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Obama’s foreign policy chain of disasters: U.S. isolationism may no longer be an option

Obama’s foreign policy chain of disasters: U.S. isolationism may no longer be an option

By Sol W. Sanders Whatever the motives by all parties behind the Libyan intervention, the worst fears expressed in the UN resolution “authorizing” the use of force are coming true. At this writing, half a million civilians in Libya’s third largest port-city of Misurata feel the blast of Muammar Qadhafi’s only half-crippled firepower. Pitifully, they include […]

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The great debate (for those who know about it)

By Sol W. Sanders In a world taken up with wars, terrorism, earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation, rising food prices and a possible famine in North Korea, there’s a quiet fundamental debate going on. Not many people are participating, in part because nowadays the discussion quickly veers off into esoteric econometrics and philosophical gobbledygook that only academics […]

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What ‘Libya’ is all about and what it ain't

What ‘Libya’ is all about and what it ain't

By Sol W. Sanders President Obama’s Libya initiative has splintered the political spectrum, creating some strange bedfellows. The wrangle reflects not only infinite complications but also the administration’s obfuscation. For the moment, it is far easier, with the outcome still very much in doubt, to define what is not true than what it is. So […]

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Learning, with Obama, what happens in the absence of U.S. leadership

Learning, with Obama, what happens in the absence of U.S. leadership

By Sol W. Sanders President Barak Hussein Obama has given new meaning to that epithet “im perial presidency”. It was slung at President Richard Nixon not only for his extravagant “palace guard” – some in kitschy uniforms – but his more serious unconstitutional overreach. But if imperial in his style, Mr. Obama reigns; he does […]