Robert Koehler: At the refugee camps, the musicians made music with children and performed again the beautiful folk songs from the region.
Robert Koehler: Unavoidably, a line of connection runs straight from the yearbook photo to the worst of American history: lynching, slavery, genocide.
Robert Koehler: Apparently what’s under assault is war itself, or so the Establishment believes, in the wake of the shocking announcement by the president that he plans to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in Syria and 7,000, or half, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Robert Koehler: The bombs that dismembered several dozen Yemenis were built by Raytheon, part of the American military-industrial complex and a major supplier of jobs.
Robert Koehler: Why, suddenly, do we live in nations as opposed to cultures? And maybe, most gallingly, why do we care about and feel the need to protect only “American citizens”?
Robert Koehler: As long as 60 percent or so of our discretionary spending is diverted to militarism, we will not change, we will not grow, we will not survive.
Robert Koehler: Gunfire and wildfire. This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways.
Robert Koehler: This is a story about the infrastructure of killing and an economic system that, apparently, depends on doing so on a mass scale globally, which of course is known as waging war.
Robert Koehler: Beyond the guilt or innocence of the nominee, America’s culture of shame is being torn to shreds as women…simply come forward with their stories.
Robert Koehler: We respect your sincerity, Ma’am, but please get out of our way. We can’t let unreliable lady memories complicate matters. We’re pushing a serious political agenda here.
Kris Kobach Crosscheck
Robert Koehler: The planet itself is transitioning, to God knows what. There may be no human race on the other side of that transition, but maybe there will be. Either way, we have to reach well beyond ourselves.
Robert Koehler: No doubt much to their surprise, the bureaucrats in the departments of Justice and Homeland Security set off what can only be called an alarm of violated principle: Ripping families apart is a moral horror.