Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman is the author of The Best One-Hour History series which includes World War I, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, and other titles. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:30am
Why Obama’s ISIS Strategy is Incoherent
If there is a single word to describe Obama’s campaign against ISIS, it is “incoherent.” It doesn’t hold together even on its own terms. And in the context of a larger strategy for the Middle East it is delusional, even destructive of U.S. interests. The reason is that the U.S. doesn’t control the...
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Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 1:00pm
Learning to Live with Common Core
There is much to dislike about the Common Core standards for education. They were not written by educators to promote education. They were written by businessmen to create a single national market for their products: textbooks, testing services, and such. And they have been promoted by ideologues...
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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 10:00am
“ISIS” is Arabic for “Khmer Rouge”
One of the biggest frauds surrounding the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) is that its emergence was unforeseen, indeed, unforeseeable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Forty-five years ago, the U.S. created another ISIS—a virulent, apocalyptic movement of anti-Western fundamentalists—during...
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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:15am
An Anniversary for Rethinking “History”
August is the anniversary of three of the most important events of the past century: the start of World War I; the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in Vietnam. Each of them should give us pause to consider how deeply steeped our history is in the mythologies of military...
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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 11:22am
Ukraine: What is the Proper Historical Parallel?
Pundits and politicians are falling all over themselves to identify the appropriate historical precedent for Ukraine. The larger issue of superpower conflict in the region is portentous of World War I . But the more immediate events, including Russia’s annexation of Crimea, are still waiting to be properly defined.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:00am
Ukraine is About Oil. So Was World War I
Ukraine is a lot more portentous than it appears. It is fundamentally about the play for Persian Gulf oil. So was World War I. The danger lies in the chance of runaway escalation, just like World War I.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 8:15am
The Dangerous Charade of Billionaire Victims
The Tom Perkins “billionaires-as-victims” charade couldn’t be more surreal. It goes without saying that his comparing the 1% to victims of Hitler’s genocide is tasteless. That it is oblivious is obvious.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 11:56am
When Empires Weaken Wars Beckon
The Empire’s power was slipping. Its economy, once the largest in the world, was faltering. Though it still led the world in finance, it no longer dominated in manufacturing. It was being eclipsed by an upstart eastern rival that was taking more and more of its markets, leaving its economy weakened, its people restless.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:49pm
The Only Antidote to More Newtowns
We can be horrified at the Newtown massacre. We can be outraged. We can be indignant. But we can no longer honestly be surprised. The shootings in Connecticut are of the same ilk as the ones in Aurora, Portland, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and all the rest: a young man full of anger, weaponed up, with few connections, and nothing but despair in his heart.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 9:49am
What is Good Teaching? A Reflection
Last week in this space I wrote about how business was trying to take over public education so it could cash in on the $1 trillion the U.S.
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