John Peeler: The countries Trump is now targeting are in the shape they’re in because of decades of US efforts to “help” them. The country we’re not helping, Nicaragua, is in better shape.
John Peeler: With the Republican majority in the Senate and no “smoking gun” so far, the prospects of bringing impeachment successfully to conviction in the Senate is near zero.
John Peeler: As mourner, Jacinda Ardern made the gesture of wearing a head covering to show respect and solidarity toward the Muslim victims, and led the whole nation in an outpouring of grief and solidarity.
John Peeler: We have a government that cannot command a majority on the major issue of the day, but which is kept in power by members who don’t agree with the prime minister on that issue.
John Peeler: The leadership of every Latin American country must always consider how his/her actions might affect the US, and what the US might do to affect her/his country.
John Peeler: Israel has won the long conflict with Palestinian nationalism, but in the process Zionism has lost its soul.
John Peeler: Any leftist or socialist regime in Latin America must deal with the fundamental reality that the United States (whether under Republican or Democratic presidents) will be unsympathetic if not outright hostile.
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.”