Author Archives: Sheldon Richman

Trump turns to Gaza as Middle East ‘Deal of the Century’ collapses

The Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century” for the Palestine-Israel has, predictably, gone over like a lead balloon. So it’s shifting gears. The Washington Post reports, “With President Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip—a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table.” Continue reading

The Trump-Kushner delusion on Palestine

Here’s a shocker: Donald Trump and his Palestine-Israel fixers think they can buy a peaceful and permanent settlement of the 70-year conflict by getting Arab governments to pressure the Palestinians into forgetting the “politicians’ talking points”—you know, superficial things like independence from the routine abuses and indignities of colonial oppression (that’s right; the same trifles Americans celebrated on July 4)—and focusing instead on what really matters: roads, jobs, and money. Continue reading

The dangerous deficit in trade understanding

I was chatting with my tobacconist the other day—I have no rabbi, no priest, no minister, no imam, no chiropractor, and no lawyer, but I do have a tobacconist—when it struck me that my trade deficit with him is astronomical. Continue reading

Raining on the parade

Of course Donald Trump wants a military parade. I’d be surprised if he didn’t. It’s just what an insecure narcissist would want. Continue reading

‘Peace through strength’ is a racket

Donald Trump has embraced the popular “peace through strength” doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache. Continue reading

The voice of American workers is a charlatan

Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed voice of American working people, has decreed that the prices of washing machines and solar panels shall rise. Continue reading

Trump & Co.’s vile anti-immigrationism

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna displayed an odious hostility to liberty at a press briefing this week when he tried to associate immigration with terrorism. Continue reading

The American way of war

The most striking fact about the United States of America is not its supposed founding principles—more often lauded than observed—but how often “the greatest country on earth” has waged war. Continue reading

An idiot abroad

I’ve got a few leftover thoughts about Donald Trump’s trip to Europe. (Here’s what I said about the Middle East portion.) As usual, I oppose both Trump and his mainstream critics. It’s possible for both sides to be wrong in a dispute. Continue reading

What a perverse presidential incentive system!

All I can say is we’ve got a hell of a political system on our hands when the surest way for a president to win the adoration of those who thought him a dangerous, ignorant, narcissistic, erratic, and bullshitting blowhard yesterday is to drop a bomb or fire a cruise missile today. Continue reading