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Charles G. Cogan

Charles G. Cogan

Associate, International Security Program

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Telephone: 617-864-3959
Email: chuck_cogan@harvard.edu
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2013 (continued)

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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."

 

 

August 25, 2013

"Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The Sunni uprising against the Bashar al Asad regime is spearheaded by bad guys — the al-Nusra Front, which has declared its affiilation with another Sunni organization, al-Qaeda. For the U.S. to join in and help overthrow the Bashar regime would not necessarily leave the good guys, led by General Idris, in power. They are in the minority among the rebels in terms of numbers and guns and fighting capability."

 

 

August 16, 2013

"Egypt: the Return of the Deep State"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"After the huge disavowal of Morsi this past June by the millions of people demonstrating in Cairo, the military acted, removing Morsi and his government. The 'deep state' — the bureaucracy, the military and the security services which is a legacy of the Mubarak regime — re-emerged."

 

 

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August 10, 2013

"Religion's Time Warp"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"The concept that we call God was formulated by men, and its character was modified by men. Thus one can say that God only matters if man matters. But the origin of man is not contemporaneous with that of the world. This is why the myth of the Creation in seven days is crucial."

 

 

August 4, 2013

"Praying to an Empty Room"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"It is part of human nature to seek what is believed to be another world. There is a focus on the quest itself, as otherwise there remains the prospect of living only in the narrow limits of this world. It becomes necessary for many that there be something else beyond oneself and this earthly world; otherwise, in this view, there remains only the despair of nothingness, the despair of a life that leads toward nothing."

 

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