John Peeler: Here’s the deal: people fleeing criminal violence in any of the three Central American countries are required to seek asylum in another country that is just as hazardous.
John Peeler: The US has turned its back on faithful Kurdish allies who have done most of the fighting and dying in the fight against IS. This obviously will cause others we are allied with around the world to question the reliability of US support.
John Peeler: No Turkish government up to the present day has ever admitted to [the Armenian] genocide, and the Kurdish leadership has never admitted to the Kurds’ role.
John Peeler: Pervasive corruption on a scale previously unknown in this country (but check out Russia) is indeed the essential feature of this presidency.
John Peeler: Still, though Biden continues to lead most polls for the Democratic nomination, his support is neither overwhelming nor intense.
John Peeler: The US and European Union (EU) encouraged the former satellites of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics (including Ukraine) to turn westward and seek membership in both NATO and the EU.
John Peeler: So the grounds for impeachment continue to grow, even as Nancy Pelosi’s conventional political calculus still counsels caution.
John Peeler: Trump and some advisers just want to get out, while the more conventional foreign policy hands argue that we have to maintain a substantial presence to prevent the reemergence of international terrorism based in Afghanistan.
John Peeler: There must be large numbers of educated Republicans who actually accept that climate change is real, that humans are causing it, and that life is going to get really hard for their children and grandchildren.
John Peeler: Find out what they’re asking. Offer them Mar-a-Lago! It will be underwater soon, but they don’t have to know that.”
Lessenich says that the prosperous countries of the wealthy regions make poor societies absorb the costs of mining, plantation agriculture, deforestation, overfishing, and low-wage manufacturing. We keep them poor so we can be rich.
John Peeler: Ten thousand lies and counting, that’s roughly ten a day for his tenure as president so far. This man lies when the truth would serve him better. It’s compulsive. How can he lead when we know he is lying?
John Peeler: Trump is still under water in public opinion, there are not enough undecided voters to get him above water, but his base is solid. We can beat him, but we can’t count on any defections from his side.