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.
John Peeler: They’re all out to get me. Now they’re conspiring with 60 other countries to impose the kilogram and deep-six the pound. It’s the GLOBALIST DEEP STATE!
John Peeler: In Pennsylvania, among the most gun-friendly of northern states, the Republican-controlled legislature passed, and the Democratic governor signed, a significant law that tightens controls over access to guns.
John Peeler: Democrats will at least be able to block bad legislation; at best they will be able on occasion to achieve bipartisan solutions to issues like infrastructure improvements, or even a fix on some features of the Affordable Care Act.
John Peeler: We’ve come to know Trump as the classic bullshitter: someone who literally doesn’t care whether what they say is true or not. His base seem to be fine with that.
John Peeler: One of the most distinctive features of Trump’s political behavior is that even when it would make sense for him to seek to broaden his appeal, time and again he reverts to rhetoric that stokes his base (and encourages violence) while further antagonizing the majority of Americans to oppose him.
John Peeler: Amidst the vast swaths of what Trump doesn’t know—and doesn’t care to find out—is a strong case that the present misery of most Central Americans is largely the result of a century of US policies and direct interventions.