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Charles G. Cogan

Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

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Email: chuck_cogan@harvard.edu
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2013 (continued)

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November 1, 2013

"'Ain't Gonna Study War No More'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...Barack Obama's pirouette away from an unfathomable military adventure in Syria has, down deep, been appreciated by the public, despite the torrent of propaganda from the Tea Party, with its undertones of racism and tinges of Confederate symbolism, depicting the president as weak and indecisive."

 

 

October 22, 2013

"Anglo-Saxon Solidarity Trumps the Continental Allies"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he French might perceive a downside in a no-spy agreement, as they would be drawn into an even closer sharing of intelligence with the U.S., and this might cause some angst at what could be perceived as an impingement of national sovereignty, which has long been a hot-button issue in France."

 

 

October 13, 2013

"It's the Constitution, Stupid!"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The House of Representatives has the power of the purse; the presidency does not. With the unhindered practice of gerrymandering (manipulation of the boundaries of House constituencies) so that a significant number of seats are in effect one-party seats indefinitely, a determined faction in the House can constitute a force that potentially can block the funding of the government."

 

 

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October 8, 2013

"Nasser Redux?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Army states that it is going to arrange for new elections and the emergence of a new President. But in the meantime, Gen. Abdal Fattah al-Sisi, the new Army chief, looking resolute and handsome in his military uniform and cap, might on the other hand evolve into the image of a strong leader (the 'Rais') that has been so much a part of the Egyptian tradition."

 

 

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October 1, 2013

"...Coming Out Smelling Like a Rose"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"By the exercise of his current position, his finely-tuned intelligence, and his steadfast temperament, Obama has been a game-changer: he has definitively given the lie to the myth of black inferiority."

 

 

September 21, 2013

"'Astounding Moral Inequality': The Syrian Gas Issue"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The irony is that the very proposal by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Syria give up its chemical weapons was an implicit admission that the government of Bashar al-Assad was the guilty party in the August 21 attacks."

 

 

September 15, 2013

"'He Kept Us Out Of War'"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"Despite his overconfident statement in August 2011 that 'Assad Must Go', without saying how he would go; and despite his declaration last year that Assad's use of chemical weapons would be a 'red line' demanding a reaction, without spelling out a clear idea of what that reaction would be; he has now saved himself (and the country) from yet another military adventure in the Middle East."

 

 

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September 13, 2013

"American Exceptionalism Has Its Exceptions"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...American exceptionalism has its exceptions. As stated by the authors of 'Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979–1988,' 'For much of the war, particularly in its final phases, Washington turned a blind eye to Iraq's massive use of chemical weapons.' This included the gassing of some 5,000 civilians (the Kurdish population in Halabja, Iraq in March 1988) and more strategically significant, the gassing of thousands of Iranian troops in the spring of 1988, which led to Iraq gaining the ascendancy in the fighting and was a major cause in Iran's in effect suing for a cease fire that summer."

 

 

September 8, 2013

"Jumping into Wars: 1812, 1898, 1964, 2003. Et Maintenant?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The American people do not want another war in the Muslim world, that is clear. The Congress should reflect this by voting against President Obama's referral of a proposed attack on Syria. It is ridiculous to assume that such a vote would destroy America's credibility and cripple the remaining years of the Obama presidency."

 

 

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September 1, 2013

"Obama's Saturday Surprise: Getting Ahead of the Game"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What the President has done is to share responsibility for following through on this commitment to the 500-plus members of the House and the Senate, proving that divided government may not be such a bad thing after all. In creating, in effect, 500-plus secretaries of state, and assuming the House rejects an attack, Obama may (or may not) choose to wriggle out of a commitment that has no promising end."

 

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