President Trump’s decision earlier this month to assassinate Iran’s top military general on Iraqi soil – over the objection of the Iraqi government – has damaged the US relationship with its “ally” Iraq and set the region on the brink of war. Iran’s measured response – a few missiles fired on an Iraqi base after advance warning was given – is the only reason the US is not mired in another Middle East war.
There are a multitude of false assumptions out there on what the collapse of a nation or “empire” looks like. Modern-day Americans have never experienced this type of event, only peripheral crises, and crashes. Thanks to Hollywood, many in the public are under the delusion that a collapse is an overnight affair.
One of the most important Democrats in Congress is warning that President Trump is likely to compromise the integrity of the 2020 election if he is not impeached and removed from office. Jerry Nadler is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and so that makes him an exceedingly powerful man right now.
The #MeToo movement is spurring millions of Americans to reconsider the meaning of consent in sexual relations. But there is another realm where far too much has been presumed because of often token gestures. Political consent is defined radically differently than the consent that people freely give in their daily lives.