Paul Greenberg

Posted August 21, 2015

As the country observed the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, a new generation may have to be reminded what V-J stands for -- Victory Over Japan -- and all it took.

Posted August 19, 2015

To hear our president tell it, the nuclear deal with Iran that he's pushing so assiduously is a great bargain.

Posted August 17, 2015

Woodrow Wilson once called British history a continuing thesis against revolution.

Posted August 12, 2015

Some of this country's leading nuclear scientists -- Nobel laureates, White House advisers, physicists, a grand total of 29 grand names -- have written a two-page letter to the White House expressing their unqualified approval of this president's nuclear deal with Iran's mullahs: It's "innovative," and its safeguards are "stringent."

Posted August 11, 2015

According to Iran's smooth president, Hassan Rouhani, the nuclear pact this administration has just negotiated with Tehran is "a great achievement." He's right.

Posted August 10, 2015

For just a moment that striking video of a senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood casually discussing the price of fetal body parts eclipsed everything else about the debate over abortion in this country. Not because most of us don't know what goes on in abortion mills, but because the video brought it home.

Posted August 04, 2015

Silence comes in many varieties. It can be golden. Or just silence. Like the white space between the words on this page.

Posted July 29, 2015

Anyone who criticizes our president's nuclear deal with Iran is bound to be asked: What's the alternative? With the clear implication that there isn't one -- not an acceptable one, anyway. It's either war or peace. A simple, black-and-white, all-or-none choice: It's the president's way or no way -- except war -- to prevent Iran from joining the nuclear club.

Posted July 27, 2015

There she is, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood having lunch at a nice restaurant and, between sips of wine, setting the going rate for various fetal body parts. She's a real pro, this Deborah Nucatola, so competent, so relaxed, so chatty. She betrays about as much emotion as someone putting together the next Neiman Marcus catalogue.

Posted July 23, 2015

In separate but equally bizarre performances, two presidential candidates showed up in Arkansas last weekend, Hillary Clinton at a Democratic rally in North Little Rock and Donald Trump in Hot Springs, where exotic acts have long been welcomed.

Posted July 20, 2015

It's 46 pages long, but till now it's been kept under wraps: the testimony of David Greenglass before a grand jury some six decades ago on August 7, 1950.

Posted July 15, 2015

The big challenge was to maintain the faux suspense. To do that, the cast had to act as if it really didn't know it was putting on the kind of farce that's really a tragedy. As appeasement often is.

Posted July 10, 2015

Once upon a time, it was a bedrock American belief that all men are created equal. Now, according to the latest intellectual fashion that governs the art world, all of us are created artists -- and so should feel free to show our work in public, like on the walls of museums. Though if all of us are now artists, no one is, since there's no longer a distinction between artists and the rest of us.

Posted July 09, 2015

Judging by the returns from Sunday's vote in Greece, there is no judging.

Posted July 07, 2015

Now it is The Hon. Barack Obama who has run afoul of the Language Police after using the forbidden word in an interview the other day, even if only to warn against its use. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public," the president opined. Naturally he drew fire from our instant censors, who demanded that he find a way around the unspeakable word if he couldn't drop it entirely.

Posted July 02, 2015

The movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" tends to stay with anyone fascinated by how we acquire and maintain and sometimes switch our personal identity, and how slippery it can be. F

Posted July 01, 2015

How little things change -- and how a lot does. It may all depend on leaders -- their quality, their vision, their temperament. The scenes in Greece would be familiar to any American caught in the low ebb of the Depression, like the panicky lines of depositors trying to get what's left of their money out of shuttered banks. It could be the United States in March of 1933 complete with a bank holiday in effect, and all wondering what happens next.

Posted June 30, 2015

The hopes and fears of all the years met last week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the narrow but sweeping decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that proclaims homosexual couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. Congratulations to them. At first glance, they've scored a significant victory, even if the score was just 5 to 4.

Posted June 29, 2015

A great history is both complete and to be continued, like a great house with many wings, door after door opened to the light at last. A great historian not only explores history, but his work makes history.

Posted June 26, 2015

The colorful banner that waves above South Carolina's state Capitol -- who knows for how much longer? -- represents the many virtues and values of this our South, only beginning with valor and pride.