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.
Mel Gutov: The always precarious state of US relations with Iran, and with the Middle East as a whole, will be blown apart should Trump nix the nuclear deal.
Mel Gurtov: While Trump continues to tout “clean coal,” the story of the now-abandoned $7.5 billion Kemper power plant shows that clean coal is a mirage. No one is going to be building a coal-fired plant by 2020.
Mel Gurtov: It is almost beyond belief that at the very moment national and international action to combat climate change is most urgent, the Trump administration is not just backing away but actively contributing to the problem.
Mel Gurtov: Like Donald Trump, the Kushners make no distinction between public service and private gain; the former is used to support the latter.
Mel Gurtov: We have frequent reports on how the White House has become an “adult day-care center,” where the chief job is to soften the chief executive’s bombastic pronouncements and irascible behavior.
Mel Gurtov: As divisive as Vietnam was, it is beginning to pale beside the hate and violence spurred by an incompetent, deceitful, corrupt, racist, and arrogant Trump administration.
Mel Gurtov: So here we are evidently back to the future as the Trump administration forges ahead with nuclear “modernization,” without a set strategy for the weapons but with billions of dollars to burn.
Mel Gurtov: Is it really necessary to buy into Bannon’s self-description as a “barbarian” or his promise to “crush the opposition”?
Mel Gurtov: Donald Trump quite simply is doing what comes naturally—being the authoritarian figure who gives orders, expects them to be followed, consults no one, demands absolute loyalty—and in the end increases the wealth of Trump Inc.