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  • Obama must fix ‘broken glass’ of his Mideast policy Sep 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The world today is suffering from the failure of President Obama to apply a school of law enforcement that goes by the moniker "broken windows." The problem, simply stated, is that Obama was deaf to the sound of tinkling glass.

     
  • Look at democracy in Mideast with vigilant cynicism Sep 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. Today, that new life looks depressingly like the old one.

     
  • The new face of evil Aug 27, 2014 5:57 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. Reagan had it right, though. The Soviet Union was evil. Now we are facing a different type of evil

     
  • The unattainable standard that dogs Israel Aug 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Reagan’s wholly unrealistic idea of Israeli capabilities still haunts the Jewish state. It helps account for why the bombings of schools, hospitals and homes in Gaza are almost instantaneously denounced as war crimes — a purposeful atrocity and not, as sometimes happens in war, a mistake. Israel, some feel, is too good to be so bad.

     
  • The left’s own slippery slope Aug 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: How did the moral center of the American left get so isolationist and selfish? Why does it see no difference between a moral obligation to save lives by avoiding murder — not just with humanitarian measures — and a kind of militarist lust for yet more adventure? A pressing humanitarian calamity was facing the region. A reported 500 Yazidis had already been murdered.

     
  • Nixon’s lasting damage Aug 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Richard Nixon was virtually a cinematic creation, a man of such character flaws, resentments, hatreds and insecurities that it’s hard to keep your eyes off him. Watergate and the cover-up were his downfall and they were, no doubt about it, breathtaking abuses of power, as obscene as the language he so often used. But what was once drama is now history. Not so the Southern strategy. It fouls our politics to this very day.

     
  • Exonerating the criminals Jul 29, 2014 9:40 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. “They curse Hitler morning and night,” he said of the Israelis. “However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.” Erdogan’s Hitler fetish is both revolting and inaccurate.

     
  • A fight for Israel’s existence Jul 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Israel is the legal creation of the United Nations. It has an absolute right not merely to exist but to do so safe from rockets or incursions by tunneling terrorists.

     
  • When it comes to gossip, some conservatives will buy anything Jul 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

     
  • An offer they can’t refuse Jul 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: FADE IN: Michael Corleone’s den. He is at his desk. Facing him are members of his organization. Michael rises and dims the lights. He starts a PowerPoint display showing the various Mafia families. The chieftains and button men are puzzled but they say nothing. Michael turns the lights back on. It is clear he is about to say something important. Michael: “We’re gonna incorporate.”

     
  • Believe your own eyes, not the deniers Jul 2, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: A friend of mine worked for a small-town newspaper years ago and had to write the weather report. The county fair was approaching but the prediction was for rain. So the editors, fearing the wrath of local merchants, ordered my friend to change “rainy” to “sunny.” That was the newspaper’s policy. It has since been adopted by much of the Republican Party.

     
  • The enigmatic war Jun 25, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: This is a splendid time to remember the First World War. It started 100 years ago this month with the June 28 shooting of the Austrian archduke and his wife. By the end of the summer, much of Europe was engaged in a war that lasted about four years, toppled four empires, precipitated the communist revolution, created by fiat the modern Middle East, recognized Zionism, made the U.S. a world power and cost the lives of about 10 million fighting men. Historians are still trying to figure out what happened.

     
  • For Obama, the wages of doing nothing Jun 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Other than avoiding war, it’s hard to know what Obama wants. I know what he says, but actions always speak louder than words.

     
  • The changing faces of war Jun 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am into my summer routine, which means I drive to a weekend house, and as I do so, I listen to a book on tape. For the moment, it’s Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting “Unbroken,” the story of Louis Zamperini’s ordeal during World War II. He was a bombardier, and after his plane went down in the Pacific, he spent 47 days on a decaying raft, fighting off sharks with his fists, and then survived three years of inhumane imprisonment by the Japanese. His and the lives of other POWs were saved by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Cruelty had met its match.

     
  • Talking himself into a corner Jun 3, 2014 10:48 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Like a pitcher who has lost his fastball, Barack Obama has lost “the speech.” The speech has always been central to the president and his presidency. He established his credentials with the one he delivered to the 2004 Democratic National Convention while still a state senator. He followed that with many others — Berlin, Cairo, Philadelphia on race, etc. — each one greeted with bobby soxer delirium, which Obama fully expected. In 2004, just before he spoke to the convention, he told his friend Marty Nesbitt that the excitement about him was yet to peak. “My speech is pretty good,” he allowed.

     
  • Hillary Clinton versus the press May 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am not a knee-jerk defender of the press. Some of the coverage of Hillary Clinton has indeed been unfair. But Clinton has to deal with it. Until she does, the press will not be her worst enemy. She’ll be.

     
  • Love and ‘The Normal Heart’ May 21, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Eddie called himself a private detective, although all he really did was repossess cars. He would show up around 4 p.m. at the cafe where I worked after school, have his usual cup of coffee, and tell me a thing or two about what we used to call “real life.” One day he told me how he used to load his coat pockets with brass doorknobs, which he used to “put out the lights” of homosexuals. I was 16 and getting an education of sorts.

     
  • Hung up on Benghazi May 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am hardly uncritical of the president. I have my differences with him. But I take no succor in the venomous criticism that comes at him from the right and dominates the Republican-controlled House.

     
  • Leading out against capital punishment May 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The term “moral suasion” has fallen into disuse. Its heyday came during the Eisenhower administration when the genial president, a bit soft on institutional racism, failed to denounce the continuing attempt of Southern politicians to keep their schools — and everything else — segregated. Now, I’d like to revive it and apply it to Barack Obama. With some moral suasion, he could end America’s shameful practice of capital punishment.

     
  • Hamas’ outrageous charter Apr 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day has passed. But then, as far as I’m concerned, it is always Holocaust Remembrance Day — a perpetual and frustratingly futile attempt to come to terms with murder so vast and incomprehensible it is like pondering what came before the Big Bang. And yet in a corner of the world, the Holocaust is considered no mystery at all. The Jews did it to themselves to foster the creation of Israel. This is what Hamas believes.

     
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