Peter Certo

Peter Certo is an editorial assistant for OtherWords and Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. www.ips-dc.org

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Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 3:30pm
Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade
In her first debate with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton delivered one of her more memorable one-liners when she quipped, “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president.” Debate rules be damned, Clinton’s supporters in...
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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 5:45am
Khizr Khan’s Son Sacrificed His Life for a War That Never Should’ve Happened
It was impossible not to be moved as Khizr and Ghazala Khan, two Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, stood before the Democratic National Convention and mourned their son Humayan, a U.S. soldier who’d been killed in Iraq. Humayan, his grieving father recalled, was “the best of America.” Yet if it were...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:15am
ISIS Must Love Trump
As the sun set over New York on June 12, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Hudson River Park to break their Ramadan fast together. Iftar , the evening Ramadan meal, is often a joyous celebration of faith and family. But the mood that Sunday was solemn: That morning, news had broken of the ghastly...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq
These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on the subject, he’s probably reminded you that he — unlike a certain former secretary of state — had the foresight to vote against the Iraq War when it came before Congress back in 2002. In...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 1:15pm
Here’s the Thing About Terrorism Obama Won’t Tell You
One in 3.5 million: That’s your annual risk of dying from a terrorist attack in the United States, at least according to Cato analyst John Mueller. Rounded generously, that comes out to roughly 3 one-hundred thousandths of a percentage point, or 0.00003 percent. And this, according to a recent...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:45pm
Military Intervention Is the Problem, Not the Solution
A café. A stadium. A concert hall. One of the most horrifying things about the murderous attacks in Paris was the terrorists’ choice of targets. They chose gathering places where people’s minds wander furthest from unhappy thoughts like war. And they struck on a Friday night, when many westerners...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:15am
5 Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama’s ISIS War
At long last, the Obama administration has submitted a draft resolution to Congress that would authorize the ongoing U.S.-led military intervention against the Islamic State, or ISIS. The effort comes more than six months after the U.S. began bombing targets in Iraq and Syria. Since then, some 3,...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:15pm
Obama’s Dumb War
If Barack Obama owes his presidency to one thing, it was the good sense he had back in 2002 to call the Iraq War what it was: “ dumb .” Now, with scarcely a whisper of debate, Obama has become the fourth consecutive U.S. president to bomb Iraq — and in fact has outdone his predecessors by spreading...
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:30am
Here’s Everything Wrong with the White House’s War on the Islamic State
If Barack Obama owes his presidency to one thing, it was the good sense he had back in 2002 to call George W. Bush’s plans to go to war in Iraq what they were: “ dumb .” (The war was many other things too—illegal, cynical, not to mention disastrous—but “dumb” was pretty good for a guy running for...
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 1:20pm
SOTU: Obama Grades His Foreign Policy
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