More About Eliot Cohen
Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post June 27, 2010
Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal June 23, 2010
Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal June 7, 2010
Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal January 11, 2010
Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post December 6, 2009
Eliot Cohen, Wall Street Journal August 3, 2009
Jeffrey Anderson, Johns Hopkins Magazine April, 2009
Most historians cringe at talk of the "lessons of history." Politicians and policymakers, on the other hand, have few compunctions about drawing on historical analogies to frame and explain policy choices.
War forces us, or should force us, to ask hard questions of ourselves.
Barack Obama may not have envisioned himself as a wartime commander in chief in 2008, but that is what he inevitably became. He will be faulted for many things in this role, no doubt, but one of the weightiest criticisms is, on its surface, the least probable for this rhetorically gifted man: his failures of speech.
As Obama ends U.S. security guarantees, nuclear weapons and violence will spread.
The most curious thing about this president is that he was elected in the midst of three open wars — the struggle against al-Qaeda and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan — and yet he could not conceive of himself as a war president.
Perhaps the president and his aides are declinists, who think of the United States as too weak to act; perhaps they are indifferent; perhaps they are merely incompetent. In any event, this president will leave his successor a country that is considerably less secure than it was when he took the oath of office.
The Obama administration entered office with a theory of foreign policy that has failed the test of practice.
President Obama has emboldened America's adversaries and unnerved its allies.
What is the point of making strategic recommendations to someone who has not the slightest interest in hearing them?
A new commander in chief will soon face hard decisions about how and when to deploy America’s military might. What principles should guide him?