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  • Revisiting the past by revising it Dec 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II — no war criminals at all, thank you — and its influential conservative press, with a wink from the government, is determined to whitewash the country’s use of sex slaves during the war. This sort of thing can be catching. Maybe others will forget why they consider Japan a friend.

     
  • How to make the financial behemoths behave Dec 3, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I know a rich guy who parks wherever he wants — bus stops, hydrants, no-parking zones of all kinds. He gets ticketed of course and by the end of the year must pay several thousands of dollars in fines. I could tell you his name but I’d rather tell you what I prefer to call him: J.P. Morgan. They both operate the same way.

     
  • Where are the real men on college campuses? Nov 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Where are the men? I am talking about men who live by a certain code, who know that rape is repugnant, that gang rape is vile and that so-called men who do these things are criminals. I am talking at the moment of the frat boys at the University of Virginia who are accused of raping a young woman. But I am also talking of all those who knew what was happening — at the time or afterward. They are not men, either.

     
  • When questions of character mask the message Nov 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: “There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is.” King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

     
  • Hillary Clinton and dynasties Nov 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Hillary Clinton looms over the Democratic Party like Evita from her balcony. She is the presumptive presidential nominee, the likely one, the inevitable one, the one and only, the one before all others run in awe and panic. Behold the biggest and, in a sense, only thing in the Democratic Party. All she lacks is a song.

     
  • The courage of Brittany Maynard Nov 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The death of death is fast approaching — fast being a matter of decades or maybe more, but sooner or later science will kill the Grim Reaper and future generations will look back on us and wonder what it was like knowing the end was always coming. We will, no doubt, vanquish death. In the meantime, we will have to deal with it.

     
  • The inexperienced outliers and Politics 2016 Oct 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: At dinner the other night with a collection of political consultants, pollsters, some journalists and a few civilians, we went around the table giving our predictions of the presidential nominees for 2016. The consensus was that the left and the right wings of the two parties are in furious turmoil and very unhappy with the mainstream candidates.

     
  • Blessed be the caregivers Oct 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I wonder about health workers who leave the comforts and certainties of America and go to Africa to treat Ebola patients. Who are these people?

     
  • A president lacking menace Oct 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens — or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

     
  • Charting the real value of an education Oct 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: What prompts these observations is the barrage of news stories about the cost of college and whether it is worth it. Almost all these stories, most of them based on some report, answer with a money sign ($) but almost never in terms of education — knowledge, wisdom and, if I may be so bold, the pursuit of happiness.

     
  • Latest bio says more about O’Reilly than Patton Oct 1, 2014 12:38 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: It’s a fortunate thing that Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, “Killing Patton,” was written by him and not someone else. In that case, O’Reilly would have taken the poor person apart, criticizing the book for its chaotic structure, for its considerable padding and for its repellent admiration of a war-loving martinet who fought the Nazis and really never understood why.

     
  • A policy developed in spurts Sep 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The impression the American people have is that Obama has lurched into something of a war as a reaction to the beheadings of two Americans

     
  • 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.

     
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