Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His book, "Courage Grows Strong at the Wound" (2016). Contact him or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008
State of Denial
Talk about naive. The Union of Concerned Scientists apparently thought the Democratic and Republican national conventions would be appropriate events at which to bring up the awkwardly substantive topic of U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiles (6,000 or so) and policy (insane).
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
No Name for the River
What astounds me about the "race card" -- which either did or didn't get played in the presidential race recently -- is its thinness.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Citizens of the World
What a surprising burst of hope I felt, looking at the photo in the newspaper the next day: Barack Obama stands before 200,000 Berliners and addresses them as a "fellow citizen of the world." It may be premature, but I'm announcing it anyway: We've repealed the Bush Doctrine. There's no turning back.
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Next New Yorker Cover
Since I'm usually one of the last people in the country to get my copy of the New Yorker (well, it sure seems like it), I'm aware of any excitement or controversy the new issue has generated long before the magazine actually lands in my mailbox.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
An Urgency of Joy
The culture of war goes quietly about its business. Last week, Congress fed it another $162 billion, perhaps with some nostalgia: This was the final war-funding request of the Bush administration, the lame-duck, despised status of which making absolutely no difference in the dispatch with which the money was delivered.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
Be the Media
Camera, lights, mike-in-the-face. Hey Bill Moyers, what are you doing at a left-wing, partisan media conference? That was how Fox News producer Porter Barry tried to ambush television's most venerable voice of sanity this past weekend, after Moyers spoke eloquently -- "Journalism can only exist in a vibrant, democratic culture" -- at the fourth annual National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Penta-Pundits
Well, why shouldn't the Pentagon put its four-stars on the tube to ladle out patriotic talking points to the American public like mess hall stew? There's a straightforward quasi-honesty to government-managed news, which only has a weird feel because the Penta-pundits had to pose as impartial analysts and play along with the image the networks wanted to project: seriousness, independence, etc. How demeaning that their meetings with the Secretary of Defense had to be secret - an embarrassment awaiting ultimate exposure by the New York Times.
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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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