Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

Washington Post Writers Group


Co-pilot's actions in Alps have all the markings of terrorism

March 28, 2015

We don't need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don't need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made this tragedy possible.

  • Sooner or later, can we escape the long shadow of racism?

    March 15, 2015

    See, I keep telling you that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country. After the fraternity bus sing-along at the University of Oklahoma, do you hear me now?

  • Nuggets of realism amid bluster from Israel's PM

    March 8, 2015

    The worst moment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, at least for me, came when he used Elie Wiesel, a great moral hero, as a Hollywood-style prop. Presidents giving State of the Union addresses have the right to tug at our heartstrings by saluting honored guests in the gallery. Foreign leaders taking advantage of partisan invitations do not.

  • Make deal with Iran -- and keep Plan B's in back pocket

    March 1, 2015

    President Obama is clearly right — and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong — about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran's place in the world is much more complicated.

  • Fuzzy speech trips up latest Bush who would be president

    February 22, 2015

    Jeb Bush's highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. "Terrible food at that place," says one. "Yes," says the other, "and such small portions!"

  • Satisfying hawks and doves: Obama's ambivalent war logic

    February 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON — President Obama's request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn't really tell us how.

  • History lesson on Christianity falls short at prayer breakfast

    February 10, 2015

    There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let's face it — glib, facile and patronizing.

  • A juvenile GOP succeeds so far in producing epic fails

    February 8, 2015

    Bang. Bang. Crash. That was the sound of the Republican majority in Congress shooting itself in both feet, then tripping over them.

  • Boehner-Bibi backfire: Biting off the nose to spite the face

    February 1, 2015

    The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama's back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.

  • GOP should realize culture wars ignore middle class

    January 25, 2015

    There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over … abortion and rape.

  • King looked beyond race in seeking economic equality

    January 17, 2015

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society's great shame, it has also proved timeless.

  • Freedom of speech demands that journalists stand firm

    January 11, 2015

    Je suis Charlie Hebdo. If "freedom of expression" is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.

  • A strategy for 'responsible' Republicans to do some good

    January 6, 2015

    With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation's sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

  • The Castros' historical loss is a win for the Cuban people

    December 21, 2014

    President Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.

  • U.S. commits immoral hubris of answering evil with evil

    December 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON — 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.

  • Sickening outcome in Garner case leaves me breathless

    December 7, 2014

    I can't breathe.

  • Ferguson prosecutor put Brown, not Wilson, on trial

    November 29, 2014

    The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization.

  • As accusers pile up, hard to keep the faith in Bill Cosby

    November 23, 2014

    A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my hometown; Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were donating our time to a worthy cause.

  • Boehner must understand amnesty's in national interest

    November 19, 2014

    Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn't fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won't.

  • Obama legacy may rest in an accord the planet needed

    November 16, 2014

    The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out. Fortunately for the planet, it seems they can't.

  • Next for Democrats: Give the voters something to believe in

    November 9, 2014

    All right, all right, I didn't see the wave coming. All those margin-of-error polls seemed to suggest that Democrats would likely hold their own — probably not keep the Senate but make a respectable showing overall. Wrong.

  • GOP full of complaints but solutions few and far between

    November 2, 2014

    No matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday — and my hunch is they won't do as well as they hope — the GOP won't be able to claim any kind of mandate. That's because they have refused to articulate any vision for governing.

  • Is America speeding headlong into new Middle East morass?

    October 26, 2014

    "I don't oppose all wars," said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. "What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war."

  • America needs straight talk on Ebola to prevent panic

    October 19, 2014

    Let's make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts — especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — agree to get their stories straight.

  • Texas death shows that with Ebola, we're all Liberians now

    October 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out. The correct response should be urgent concern — not panic — and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its source.



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