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Richard Cohen / Politics

Isolationism's High Price

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 ...

Our Quagmire in Afghanistan

While watching the utterly gripping movie "Lone Survivor" recently, I comforted myself by noting that the four Navy SEALs engaged in a desperate firefight with the Afghan Taliban were all volunteers. They asked for this, I told myself. They were ...

Coffin Nails Indeed

On Jan. 1, Colorado began permitting the legal sale of marijuana. Even before that, the nation's news media had swung into action, arguing just about everything -- marijuana is dangerous or not dangerous, a gateway drug or just a lot of smoke. ...

What the Boycotts Tell Israel

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 ...

Make a Deal with Snowden

Is Edward Snowden a traitor? The question has vexed me ever since he leaked some of America's most valued secrets to various news organizations, including The Washington Post. It soon became obvious, though, that he was giving Americans ...

Hillary's Unlucky Year

It is incumbent on me as a columnist to do one of those year-end things -- the 10 best of this, the 10 worst of that or, as you will see, who had the worst year in politics. That distinction goes, with some reluctance on my part, to Hillary Rodham...