Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008
Shattering the War Consensus
Why, for God's sake, does nothing change? The war goes on, the money flows, the blood flows, the lies stay exactly the same. Have you noticed? Have you ever wondered, with a stab of transcendent confusion, why a self-correcting rationality hasn't kicked in by now, why a saner awareness hasn't made itself evident in the macro-affairs of the nation by now?
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Thursday, April 03, 2008
Fire and Race
What could be more brittle than "Americanism"? What could be more tedious than the mass defense of its teary-eyed, ahistorical ignorance?
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Where War Meets Peace
"I trained my weapon on him," Kristopher Goldsmith said. It was a little boy, 6 years old maybe, standing on a roof, menacing the soldiers with a stick. "I was thinking, I hate these Iraqis who throw rocks. I could kill this kid." OK, America, let's look through the sights of Goldsmith's rifle for a long, long half-minute or so, draw a bead on the boy's heart, fondle the trigger - what to do? The soldier's decision is our decision.
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Thursday, March 06, 2008
Losing the Future
A certain reverence is required just to approach the book's title: " The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict " by noted economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes. I can see why they understated it.
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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Defeat Without End
"Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching . . ." There it is again, that choking lie, so smoothly administered - with just enough fear to help America gag down all that righteousness. President Bush told it again in his final State of the Union address the other night, of course. What choice did he have? The truth, coming from him at this point, would be . . . too weird, too offensive, impossible to comprehend.
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