Richard Cohen / Politics

The New Face of Evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing ...

Held to An Unobtainable Standard

Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what ...

The Left's Own Slippery Slope

Two "leading national security organizations" -- that's their own designation, in case you're wondering -- have condemned President Obama's "return to the battlefield in Iraq." Their names are a mouthful -- the Council for a Livable World and the ...

Nixon's Lasting Damage

Richard Nixon is not having an easy time of late. The Washington Post alone has run at least three opinion pieces reminding us all that Nixon was a skunk who 40 years ago this month resigned the presidency and flew off to a short-lived exile in ...

Exonerating the Criminals

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 ...

A Fight for Israel's Existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations -- Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan -- as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: "Without substantial outside aid in ...