Richard Cohen / Politics

Disrupting the American Dream

Mercedes-Benz wants to develop a driverless car. Google already has one. This is exceedingly bad news for auto body shops, ambulance-chasing lawyers and others. Soon, truck drivers might be replaced by driverless trucks. What then will happen to ...

Obama's Slap at France

In Paris on Sunday, the United States really led from behind -- so far behind that President Obama and other important U.S. officials stayed stateside as 40 other world leaders joined about 1.5 million Frenchmen in a stirring riposte to terrorism ...

'Selma' Distorts the Truth

Before I came to dislike the movie "Selma," I was deeply moved by it. Twice it brought me to tears. A crane shot of Martin Luther King leading thousands of demonstrators over the Edmund Pettus Bridge was one such moment and so was the vicious ...

A Need for Common Ground

When Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached a police car Saturday in Brooklyn, what he saw was two cops, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, and he killed them both. Ramos was of Dominican descent and Liu was Asian, but to Brinsley they were probably seen as ...

Our Cyber Nightmares

Shortly before he retired as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I asked Adm. Mike Mullen what he saw on the ceiling on nights when he couldn't sleep. He didn't even pause. "Cyber," he said. That was 2011 and this is 2014, and it seems that ...

Japan Looks Back

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, ...