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  • 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.

     
  • Familiar parallels in Ukraine Apr 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: It's clear that the Russia of Gorbachev and Yeltsin is gone and something new and yet familiar has taken its place. The Obama administration recognizes the new reality and is appropriately dusting off Cold War playbooks. Russia, it seems, may be turning its back on Europe — but not, ominously, on some of its ugly 20th-century history.

     
  • Rand Paul’s amateur hour Apr 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: What has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has ever held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?

     
  • Rumsfeld’s battle with truth Apr 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War.

     
  • The shame of General Motors Apr 2, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: We now learn from both The Washington Post and The New York Times that GM was aware it had a problem, yet it responded not just with engineers but with lawyers as well. Claimants were threatened with countersuits, and in one case, GM lawyers argued that the new General Motors that had come out of bankruptcy was not responsible for what the old GM had done. Two of the suits were settled confidentially, which meant that the public was not informed — and neither were the people still obliviously driving Cobalts and other GM models.

     
  • One can be the deadliest number Mar 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The 20th century settled the question of whether one man can alter history. Of course he can. Hitler did. Stalin did. Churchill put steel in Britain’s backbone and Roosevelt saved the snarling American free enterprise system by housebreaking it. Gavrilo Princip had his moment too. On a day almost 100 years ago,

     
  • The charter conspirators Mar 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: In the war between the rich and the poor, I’m enlisting on the side of the underdog — the rich. What a drubbing they’ve been taking! Across the nation, but particularly in cities such as New York and Washington, the rich are incessantly accused of being slyly manipulative and self-serving. For instance, they support charter schools.

     
  • History’s repeating acts Mar 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Pardon the cliché — I think we have come upon a teachable moment. I am referring to the crisis in Ukraine and not just what it teaches us about the future but also what it teaches us about the past. Vladimir Putin has turned us all into Neville Chamberlain. The umbrella, please.

     
  • Losing his head in Crimea Mar 5, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: By taking one stupid step after another, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has managed to let much of Ukraine slip from the Russian orbit — to which, if the Ukrainians have anything to say about, it will never return. Putin can pound his chest all he wants, but the sound emitted is just plain tinny.

     
  • Susan Rice’s false choice Feb 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Susan Rice ought to stay off “Meet the Press.” The last time she was on she misrepresented what led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. On Sunday, she was back, this time misrepresenting critics of the Obama administration’s Syria policy. Last time her misrepresentation was unintentional. This time it wasn’t. I prefer it, though, when she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

     
  • In Syria, limited options Feb 19, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The Obama Doctrine in Syria does not seem to be working. The country has fallen apart. Matters have gone from bad to worse. The secretary of state suggests that things are so bad that Barack Obama has asked for “options.” Three years into the war and the president wants a plan.

     
  • Isolationism’s high price Feb 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: This being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, I have plunged into several books on the subject, most of them relating to what started it, and I have come up with the following conclusion: mustaches. Most of Europe’s leaders had either a mustache or a beard — the German kaiser, the jejune Wilhelm II, had the most resplendent mustache of them all, “fixed into place every morning by his personal barber,” Margaret McMillan tells us in her new history of the road to war. This confirms what I always thought: The Germans started the war.

     
  • Our quagmire in Afghanistan Jan 29, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: In the movie theater, I watched two films at once — “Lone Survivor” on the screen and Vietnam in my head. On the screen as in reality, men fought and died — and, as with Vietnam, I no longer knew why. One man survived the battle. The rest were lost — as is the reason for the war itself.

     
  • Industry of health horrors Jan 22, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Tobacco is about the only product you can think of that, when used as directed, can kill you.

     
  • What the boycotts tell Israel Jan 15, 2014 5:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Yet another academic group is mulling censuring Israel. This time it is the Modern Language Association. Just recently, it was the American Studies Association, which called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Before that, similar resolutions were passed by European academic associations, much concerned with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.

     
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