John Peeler: Acknowledging the widely suspected Intelligence Deficit in Washington, particularly in the White House, Trump tweeted, “I will be the only president in history to have prosthetic brains!!”
John Peeler: This conservative agenda on immigration is part and parcel of the broader right-wing project of dismantling as much as possible of the New Deal and Great Society reforms of the 1930s and 1960s.
John Peeler: While most leftist governments in Latin America have been competent managers of their national economies, even in the face of US hostility, Chávez and especially Maduro have been egregiously incompetent.
John Peeler: A deal with the Democrats that would actually fly would have to include a more permanent fix for the immigrants than the three year truce that Trump offered.
John Peeler: In Congress, as the book demonstrates with careful analysis of hundreds of roll-call votes, every reform was shaped to allow the southern power structure to continue its domination of African Americans.
John Peeler: Confronted with the threat that his base would abandon him if he failed to Build the Wall, Trump (in Mark Shields’ memorable words) “folded like a $2.00 suitcase.”
John Peeler: He has a crisis that he invited, that he proudly offered to own, that inherently requires negotiation, and he cannot negotiate.
John Peeler: Every major postwar US military intervention has been stalemated at best, defeated at worst. Sending in the troops almost always turns out to have been a bad idea.
John Peeler: The sheer cost of all those prison cells, care, feeding, guarding, came to be seen as a prime place to cut federal expenditures. In days of yore, all that was seen as a sign of how tough on crime we were.
John Peeler: Ta-Nehisi Coates has become perhaps our age’s preeminent black public intellectual, able to speak not only to African Americans but importantly to whites as well, to get across hard truths that even liberal whites don’t like to confront.
John Peeler: Lately he has been criticizing Trump’s rhetoric and policies regarding immigration, arguing that Christianity teaches us that we should welcome and support noncriminal immigrants
John Peeler: The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Kingdom’s refusal to be accountable for it, and Trump’s refusal to hold them to account signal a sinister turn to an even darker Middle East.
John Peeler: Republican strategists know that Pelosi is tough, experienced, and knows how Washington works. That is precisely why they have to demonize her.