Magazine April 3, 2017, Issue

Restoring U.S. Strength

USS Theodore Roosevelt transits the Pacific Ocean, April 2017. (Photo: US Navy)
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, by Eliot A. Cohen (Basic, 304 pp., $27.99)

Until Donald Trump was elected president, it was conservatives who knew Eliot Cohen as the brilliant and hard-working director of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins’s School of Advanced International Studies and the author of Supreme Command, a compelling study of how great wartime leaders used their political authority to exert control over their military brass. If liberals thought about Cohen at all, it was to revile him as a key “neocon” and early hawk regarding American intervention in Iraq.

Today it is liberals who revere Cohen, as the dean of Never Trumpers. He thrilled them and the media by publishing a

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Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the author of, most recently, The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World (Houghton Mifflin, 2021).

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Glittering Prizes

The disaster that overtook this year’s Oscar telecast in its closing moments, like so many strange events of the last two years, seemed almost scripted in its wild implausibility.


Politics & Policy


The Limits of Proportional Representation One must wrestle with two related issues when discussing gerrymandering: (1) If a state is divided 60–40 between Party A and Party B, and its ten neatly ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy


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