John Peeler

john peelerJohn Peeler is a retired professor of political science at Bucknell University, specializing in Latin American and international affairs. His op-ed essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, as well as many in local papers in central Pennsylvania where he lives. He has had letters published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Free At Last! Obama at the Nadir

Obama Political Agenda

John Peeler: The Obama who appealed to the liberal and socialist base among the more educated parts of American society was the embodiment of the hope for transcendence of centuries of racial oppression.

Iraq Falls Apart

Iraq Falls Apart

John Peeler: The American people (aside from a few neoconservative hawks) are not prepared for a permanent reoccupation of Iraq, and that is what it would take to stabilize the country. We’ve been there, done that.

Bergdahl Exchange: Getting Hammered No Matter What

Bergdahl Exchange

John Peeler: Those alleging that the price was too high would be the same folks who in other contexts would unleash florid rhetoric about no price being too high to bring back American prisoners or hostages. It’s a cheap shot from people who weren’t doing the negotiating.

Guantánamo: Obama Can Finish It Now

Obama Can Close Guantanamo

John Peeler: He could simply order the closing of the detention facility, the transfer of detainees and the entire Guantánamo operation to ships at sea, and the evacuation of the base.

Ukraine: A Feast of Fallacies

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John Peeler: The world is messy and complicated. It’s easy to miscalculate, and when multiple actors pile one miscalculation on another, the consequences are always un intended, and usually unpleasant.

Where Obama’s Done Well

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Obama Victories: Obamacare will change the provision of health care in this country by giving every American adequate health care free.

A New New Deal

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Equality and Democracy — Progressives should be prepared for the long game, building critical mass to seize the national agenda.

George Will: Off the Reservation, Again!

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George Will Mandatory Sentencing — With the folly of mandatory sentencing, Will seems to be pleading that we just stop making things worse.

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