Mel Gurtov: When the smoke clears for the umpteenth time in this absurd presidency, we may find ourselves still at square one, hoping for electoral victories in November and the start of impeachment proceedings in January.
Mel Gurtov: Trump has made perfectly clear that democracy, including respect for human rights and accountable, transparent government, is irrelevant to friendship with America.
Mel Gurtov: Every world leader who shrinks from directly addressing this situation through public and international policy is, to my mind, guilty of a crime against humanity.
Mel Gurtov: We also know that the Russians have for decades been cultivating ties with Trump in anticipation that he might be an important asset.
Mel Gurtov: Trump has declared that certain military exercises, alliances (read: NATO, Japan, South Korea), and overseas bases are too expensive. Human rights concerns do not figure in such a bottom-line calculus.
Mel Gurtov: What the North Korean foreign ministry actually said in its statement of July 7 is far more nuanced, and speaks directly to the longstanding differences between Pyongyang and Washington.
Mel Gurtov: Among the extraordinary backward steps Donald Trump is taking America, none is more shameful, than his disregard for—in fact, his calculated trampling on—human rights at home and abroad.
Mel Gurtov: Trump administration has deliberately targeted the most vulnerable in society, kicking away every ladder of social wellbeing in order to serve Trump’s rich supporters and his alt-right agenda.
Mel Gurtov: Trump may prattle about his good personal relations with Xi Jinping, but the reality is that the Chinese leadership resents the strong-armed US approach and has no intention of bending to it.
Mel Gurtov: Trump’s rejection of the nuclear deal actually may turn out to be a serious blow to the security of Israel and the entire Middle East.
Mel Gurtov: What analysts miss is that opportunities remain for advancing mutual security on the Korean peninsula, if the US is willing to bargain.
Mel Gurtov: Confusing military normalcy with national greatness is precisely what gets nations in trouble—a serious case of identity crisis. Japan hardly needs a bigger, better armed and budgeted military to be “great again.”
Mel Gurtov: A US attack may make Trump feel like a commander-in-chief at a time when his own rule is endangered, but it can backfire in multiple ways, not least a direct clash with Russia.