Peter Certo

Peter Certo is an editor and writer at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC where he edits the organization’s Foreign Policy In Focus website and serves as deputy editor of the nonprofit editorial syndicate, OtherWords. He is a former associate editor of Right Web, a project that monitors the efforts of foreign policy hawks and neoconservatives to influence US foreign policy, and he helped coordinate the first annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending. He is the coauthor of a chapter in the upcoming Verso collection, “The WikiLeaks Files.”

Iraq Is Part of John McCain’s Legacy

Aug 30, 2018

The “straight talk” people praise John McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes. In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It’s 2008. He’s running for president and...

After Chemical Attack, It’s Time to Get Rid of the “Muslim Ban”

Apr 13, 2017

Now that he cares about the fate of Syrian children, Trump should open up our country — not bomb theirs. When I saw footage of the alleged sarin gas attack in Syria, I felt ill. The whole episode, which killed up to 100 civilians in Syria’s Idlib province, was ghastly....

Under Trump, the US May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

Mar 30, 2017

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the US military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents. In a desolated patch of Mosul, Iraq, people are still digging through the rubble. Rescuers wear masks to cover the stench, while anxious family members grow desperate about missing loved ones....

When Bibi Came to Town

Mar 05, 2015

Nearly 60 lawmakers did the right thing by skipping the Israeli prime minister’s speech on Iran. When Binyamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something unusual: empty seats....