Richard Cohen / Politics

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, ...

The Wrong Route to Reform

Last month, the police commissioner of New York, Bill Bratton, was quizzed at a conference by Jeffrey Toobin, a writer for the New Yorker. Bratton had been the police chief in Boston and Los Angeles, as well as New York's once before, and he is a ...

Real Men Don't

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 ...

Questions of Character

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 ...

Hillary and Dynasties

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,...