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Eugene Robinson

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Robinson: Apologists aside, CIA knew using torture was wrong

By Eugene Robinson December 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The "debate" over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.

Robinson: What America's police agencies don't want you to know

By Eugene Robinson December 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Michael Brown's death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don't want us to know.

Robinson: Elizabeth Warren has look of a presidential candidate

By Eugene Robinson October 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message.

Robinson: Airstrikes against Islamic State fail to accomplish much

By Eugene Robinson October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

It's not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing.

Robinson: Congress must do duty, authorize war on Islamic State

By Eugene Robinson October 3, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Robinson: If she plans to run, Hillary Clinton must share her vision

By Eugene Robinson September 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

Robinson: Unrest shines light on invisible African-Americans

By Eugene Robinson August 22, 2014 6 a.m.

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

Robinson: Cheney, Bush made Iraq mess that Obama has to fix

By Eugene Robinson August 15, 2014 6 a.m.

As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it's useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Robinson: Ukraine disaster vindicates Obama's choices on Syria

By Eugene Robinson July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Barack Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.

Robinson: U.S. leads next industrial revolution with coal rules

By Eugene Robinson June 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Even for people who don't believe in it, climate change just got real. It's about time.

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