Russ White MUG

Two issues stand out for their idiocy and depravity this week, so I will focus on them: Iran, and the children at the border.

Just as the quagmire in Iraq was completely predictable and inevitable the day the George W. Bush administration launched its immoral war of aggression, so too is the mess we find ourselves in with Iran. Where we are today was absolutely predictable and inevitable on the day our imbecile president pulled us out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The JCPOA was, quite possibly, the single greatest diplomatic success in the world since the end of World War II. It got all the major powers (not just the usual NATO allies, but also China and Russia) in the world to sign on to the strongest and most rigorous nuclear agreement ever written.

There was no way for the Iranians to cheat on the inspection regimen outlined in the agreement. It is scientifically impossible for them to do so. Only one signatory to the pact is in violation of it today.

Were I in the leadership in Iran, I would not negotiate with the current American regime. They have proved they will not respect ironclad agreements their country has entered into. We are not the good guys in this confrontation. (Oh yeah, in addition, the idiot-in-chief is giving nuclear technology to the country that attacked us on 9/11 and recently butchered an American journalist.)

The Iran situation is an embarrassment, but it pales in shamefulness to what the U.S. is doing to children at the border.

Eight-year-olds are forced to care for 4-year-olds, who are forced to care for infants who have no diapers. Children are dying for lack of access to adequate medical care, basic sanitation, water or adequate food. A doctor, a specialist in child-detention facilities, wrote the centers could be “compared to torture facilities.”

This atrocity is being perpetrated by American men and women. It is not Nazis or the Waffen-SS.

Patrick Coleman wrote in Fatherly, “It will soon be the 4th of July. It is my hope … that our national conscience will be troubled. It’s my hope that the lyrics of Lee Greenwood’s ‘Proud to be an American’ taste sour in our mouths and every reference to a ‘nation of immigrants’ feels hollow and depraved.”

I hear candidates say, “This is not who we are.” Well, apparently it is. For now. Vote in 2020!

— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to