Peter Certo

Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) editorial manager.

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U.S. bombs explode over Syria, 2014 (Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime’s brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there’s a...
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"Trump most likely knows Bolton from Fox News, where the mustachioed chicken hawk appears regularly to drop rhetorical bombs in support of dropping literal bombs." (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Get Ready for Bush 2.0
Political reporters have a saying : There’s always a tweet. That is, for nearly every political moment or presidential decree, there’s an uncannily on-point comment buried somewhere in the presidential Twitter feed. Often it features the president expressing a past view that’s diametrically opposed...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing
I’ll be honest: I didn’t watch Trump’s State of the Union address when it aired. Instead, I put my baby to bed and watched reality TV with my wife. If that rattled a few brain cells, hopefully I saved a few more by not guzzling the bourbon I’d set aside to steel myself for the speech. The next day’...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
'Get It Done or Don't Call Me Again': GOP Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors
Sometimes I have to remind myself that people in “real America” with “real jobs” don’t while away their mortal hours reading about politics. But God help me, if you’ve suffered through any coverage of the Republican tax plan, you’ve probably heard three things. First, it’ll dramatically slash taxes...
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Americans like to imagine ourselves as citizens of a democracy that rejects the colonial ambitions of Old World powers like France and the UK. And yet we’ve deployed troops to literally most of the planet, and our leading lawmakers — tasked by the Constitution with the exclusive right to declare war — don’t even know about it. Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?
In our military-revering culture, it’s a strange thing for a president to start a war of words with the grieving families of slain soldiers. Strange, yes. But from Donald Trump’s campaign season feud with the parents of Humayun Khan, who died protecting fellow soldiers in Iraq, to his recent feud...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch
Our president has no trouble naming his enemies — CNN, Rosie O’Donnell, Nordstrom, immigrants, Muslims, the all-women version of Ghostbusters , etc. etc. But when it comes to violent white supremacists, his passive streak is impossible to miss. When neo-Nazis and Klansmen incited a riot in...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations
I’ve always been a little skeptical that there’d be a smoking gun about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The latest news about Donald Trump, Jr., however, is tantalizingly close. The short version of the story, revealed by emails the New York Times obtained, is that the president...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War
One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the war-mongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed up George W. Bush’s legacy this way: “We’ve been in the Middle East...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story
How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some historians suggest, that can easily be traced across the centuries. To put it simply, New York University professor Ruth Ben-...
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Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in hot water following revelations that he met twice with Russia’s U.S. ambassador when he was a surrogate for the Trump campaign — and then lied about it to Congress. Many of his critics are now calling for his resignation. The contents of Sessions’ talks with the...
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