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  • Obama’s Losing Bet on Iran (NYT Op-Ed Max Boot)

    01/15/2014 2:43:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL DORAN and MAX BOOT
    WASHINGTON — A great deal of diplomatic attention over the next few months will be focused on whether the temporary nuclear deal with Iran can be transformed into a full-blown accord. President Obama has staked the success of his foreign policy on this bold gamble. But discussion about the nuclear deal has diverted attention from an even riskier bet that Obama has placed: the idea that Iran can become a cooperative partner in regional security. Although they won’t say so publicly, Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry surely dream of a “Nixon to China” masterstroke. They are quietly...
  • “Top Secret” Should Mean Just That [CFR op-ed on PRISM]

    06/07/2013 12:06:34 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 36 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | 6/6/2013 | Max Boot
    That's the heading on the first page of the court order obtained theGuardian. Top Secret is one of the highest levels of security classification in the U.S. government; the other initials indicate that this is "special intelligence," aka "signals intelligence," one of the most closely guarded capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community, and that it should not shown to any foreigners. Ironically and disturbingly, a British newspaper obtained this document. ... I have no idea who this intelligence officer is, but he (or she) has committed a serious crime by the unauthorized disclosure of such sensitive information. He needs to...
  • Those Other Petraeus Emails

    11/11/2012 11:10:45 PM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 41 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Nov. 11, 2012 | Scott McConnell
    Likely we will never get to read the email exchanges between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, but we do have these, accidentally leaked to Mondoweiss, between the celebrated general and Romney the advisor and uberhawk Max Boot. The context is that in 2010 Petraeus submitted a statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee which said that the conflict between Israel and Palestine presented challenges for America’s ability to advance its interests in the Muslim world.
  • Too little too late in Libya

    10/20/2012 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 20, 2012 | By Max Boot
    Obama repeated Bush's mistake, and the power vacuum has been filled by jihadists. ...There has been a crippling and dangerous lack of security in Libya since Moammar Kadafi was overthrown last year with the help of NATO airstrikes. The Obama administration has waited to get serious about security in Libya. Good idea, but it's too little too late. Why wasn't such an initiative undertaken a year ago when Kadafi was overthrown?
  • Covert Action Makes a Comeback

    01/05/2011 8:04:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | Max Boot
    We're in an era of "covert action." That phrase went into disrepute in the 1970s, when Congress's Church Committee exposed hare-brained CIA plots to eliminate foreign leaders, such as assassinating Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. President Ford banned assassinations, a chastened CIA cast many veteran officers into the cold, and Congress imposed new limits on covert activities. From then on the president would have to approve all operations in writing and notify senior members of Congress. There would be no more "wink-and-nod" authorizations. Covert action made a comeback in the 1980s, as the U.S. directed billions of dollars in aid...
  • Double-Talk from Moscow on Iran (Max Boot)

    10/01/2010 5:04:02 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Commentary mag. ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Max Boot
    The White House has been crowing that Russia’s decision last week not to sell advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran represents a big triumph of its attempt to “reset” relationships with Moscow. The reality is somewhat more complicated — and less to our liking. The fact is that Russia has flirted with selling the S-300 to Iran for years without ever actually going through with the deal, thus suggesting that the Russians were not truly planning to transfer the technology after all — they were simply hoping to get a good payoff from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and other countries...
  • Oh, and Incidentally . . .

    05/21/2009 8:48:28 AM PDT · by Jbny · 12 replies · 1,266+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 21st, 2009 | Max Boot
    You gotta’ love the New York Times and its hyper-politically correct sensitivities about revealing the ethnic or religious backgrounds of criminal suspects. Thus we have today’s front-pager: “4 Accused of Bombing Plot at Bronx Synagogues.” Who were these four, I wondered? Could they be Chrysler shareholders upset that they are getting stiffed in bailout proceedings? ACLU lawyers mad that President Obama has refused to release interrogation photos? Possibly Greenwich hedge-fund managers furious about plans to regulate their industries? Or maybe just random nuts who like to set off bombs for the fun of it? Nope. It turns out–get ready for...
  • Giving Thanks to the Troops

    11/26/2008 10:31:26 AM PST · by Jbny · 7 replies · 243+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 26, 2008 | Max Boot
    Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family-and a time to remember those who won’t have that privilege. I am thinking primarily of the 279,825 American service personnel who were, according to official Department of Defense statistics, deployed abroad as of June 30, 2008. Some of them are able to have their families with them — for instance those stationed in Germany. But most are on “unaccompanied” tours, whether in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, or even in peaceful countries such as South Korea and Japan. (And even many of the troops nominally stationed in Germany are actually...
  • McCain advisors: No to Syria talks, little interest in ME peace process [BO-Blair US envoy?]

    09/23/2008 4:26:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 166+ views
    Jewish Journal ^ | 9-23-08 | Ron Kampeas
    LEESBURG, Va. (JTA)—A McCain administration would discourage Israeli-Syrian peace talks and refrain from actively engaging in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. That was the message delivered over the weekend by two McCain advisers—Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Richard Williamson, the Bush administration’s special envoy to Sudan—during a retreat hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy at the Lansdowne Resort in rural Virginia. One of Barack Obama’s representatives—Richard Danzig, a Clinton administration Navy secretary—said the Democratic presidential candidate would take the opposite approach on both issues. In an interview with the Atlantic magazine...
  • Behind Maliki's Games

    07/22/2008 10:09:28 PM PDT · by flyfree · 12 replies · 102+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2008 | Max Boot
    There is some irony in the fact that Democrats, after years of deriding Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as a hopeless bungler and conniving Shiite sectarian, are now treating as sacrosanct his suggestion that Iraq will be ready to assume responsibility for its own security by 2010. Naturally this is because his position seems to support that of Barack Obama. A little skepticism is in order here. The prime minister has political motives for what he's saying -- whatever that is. An anonymous Iraqi official told the state-owned Al-Sabah newspaper, "Maliki thinks that Obama is most likely to win in...
  • What's Missing Here?

    04/11/2008 5:10:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 25+ views
    Commentary ^ | Max Boot
    What's Missing Here? Max Boot One of the familiar tropes of the anti-war caucus is that Iraq had no links to terrorism prior to the American invasion but now it has become a breeding ground of terrorists who will destabilize other countries. The first part of the argument—the claim that Saddam-era Iraq was not linked to terrorism—should have been demolished by the recent Iraq Perspectives Project report. (Unfortunately, its findings were generally misreported by the MSM.) The second part of the argument—the claim that Iraq is exporting terrorism—has now come under serious assault from, of all people, the French. In...
  • Alarm over Iran helps Bush

    03/07/2007 6:31:06 PM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 690+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 7, 2007 | Max Boot
    Alarm over Iran helps Bush The U.S. has plenty of reasons to strike, but the administration pushes diplomacy. March 7, 2007 IS THAT trigger-happy gunslinger in the White House about to take aim at Iran? You would think so if you read the Guardian newspaper in Britain, which has written, "Pentagon plans for possible attack on nuclear sites are well advanced." Not to be outdone, the competing Sunday Times has reported, based on a "source with close ties to British intelligence," that "up to five [U.S.] generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would...
  • Kristof Gets It Wrong (Again)

    08/13/2007 12:34:24 PM PDT · by Contentions · 1 replies · 221+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.13.2007 | Max Boot
    The opinion writers for the New York Times do not seem to have gotten the news that the troop surge is working. (For the latest indication, see this USA Today story reporting that “the number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50 percent since the United States started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago.”) Columnist Nicholas Kristof writes today that “staggering on” in Iraq will only delay “the inevitable”—that is, our defeat. Oddly enough he buttresses this argument with an analogy to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He argues that...
  • Max Boot Interview (VIDEO!)

    08/13/2007 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Contentions · 132+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.13.2007 | Max Boot
    Last week we sat down for an interview with Max Boot, a regular contributor to this blog and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Boot talks about “How Not to Get Out of Iraq” (his article in the September issue of COMMENTARY), General Petraeus’s September report, the war in Iraq, and more. Follow the Link: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/contentions/index.php/peach/790
  • Calm Kadhimiya

    08/10/2007 10:21:25 AM PDT · by Contentions · 2 replies · 186+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.10.2007 | Max Boot
    If you want an illustration of the old adage that “good news is no news,” simply try to find stories about the pilgrimage by tens of thousands of Shiites to the Kadhimiya shrine in northwest Baghdad on Thursday. There were a few accounts—see, for instance, this New York Times article and this from the Los Angeles Times—but they were buried deep inside the newspapers. What happened on Thursday was pretty remarkable: nothing. At least nothing terribly violent. Last year at least twenty pilgrims were killed by sniper and mortar attacks. In 2005, 1,000 pilgrims died on a bridge after rumors...
  • Dispatch from Task Force Justice

    08/08/2007 2:01:39 PM PDT · by Contentions · 129+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.8.2007 | Max Boot
    I visited Forward Operating Base Justice, located in the northwest Baghdad neighborhood of Khadamiyah, in April. Its commander is Lieutenant Colonel Steven Miska. I recently asked him for an update on developments in his AOR (Area of Responsibility) that I could share with contentions readers. Here is his response:
  • Rational Optimism on Iraq

    08/07/2007 1:24:04 PM PDT · by Contentions · 9 replies · 494+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.7.2007 | Max Boot
    The evidence of gains being made on the ground in Iraq continues to pile up. See, for instance, this article by Robert Burns, the Associated Press’s veteran military writer. Burns has just returned from his 18th trip to Iraq to report: “The new U.S. military strategy in Iraq, unveiled six months ago to little acclaim, is working.” Or this new report by Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He traveled to Iraq with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution recently, and while his findings are not quite as positive as theirs, he nevertheless...
  • We’re All Neocons Now

    08/07/2007 10:24:22 AM PDT · by Contentions · 49 replies · 1,029+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.7.2007 | Max Boot
    Last Friday, RealClearPolitics ran in its lead feature spot an essay by Gregory Scoblete, a free-lance writer in New Jersey. The essay had the headline “The GOP, Ron Paul & Non-Interventionism,” and was subsequently commented upon by, among others, guest-blogger Stephen Bainbridge on Andrew Sullivan’s blog. Scoblete’s premise is that, just as Barry Goldwater’s failed campaign for president led the Republican party to embrace a limited-government philosophy, so too Ron Paul’s presidential campaign today, doomed though it is, will cause the GOP to embrace his philosophy of “non-interventionism.” Scoblete goes on at great lengths to “distinguish non-interventionism from isolationism.” He...
  • The World Is Watching

    08/06/2007 9:02:21 AM PDT · by Contentions · 5 replies · 575+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.6.2007 | Max Boot
    There is a fascinating tidbit buried deep in this Washington Post story on America’s troubled relations with Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf. After explaining why U.S. officials are bothered by Musharraf’s lackadaisical response to the Islamist extremists who have found a refuge in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Post reporters Karen DeYoung and Joby Warrick write: "Musharraf also had a complaint of his own: His leverage over the tribal militants had slipped because of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Foreign fear of the might of the U.S. military, felt throughout the Muslim world immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was...
  • Geeks against Jihad

    08/02/2007 12:11:14 PM PDT · by Contentions · 2 replies · 674+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.2.2007 | Max Boot
    Thomas X. Hammes is a retired Marine colonel and the author of a well-regarded work on modern war: The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century. He is also a fellow participant in an online discussion forum on military affairs called the Warlord Loop. I was so taken with one of his recent postings on how to battle jihadists on the Internet (a major venue for Islamist organizing and proselytizing) that I asked him if he would adapt it for contentions readers. He kindly agreed. Here it is: "For the last few years, individuals and private organizations...
  • Casualty Counts

    08/01/2007 8:29:47 AM PDT · by Contentions · 3 replies · 297+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.1.2007 | Max Boot
    Critics of the troop surge have been arguing that it isn’t making any difference on the ground—the only thing it’s doing, they claim, is driving up American casualties. The facts are starting to contradict their claims. I’ve recently posted a couple of items noting that reliable on-the-ground observers—namely Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack of The Brookings Institution and John Burns of the New York Times—have found that violence against Iraqis is falling. Now comes news that the number of American casualties is also declining, at least temporarily. There were spikes in the number of Americans killed in action in April...
  • John Burns

    07/31/2007 11:52:59 AM PDT · by Contentions · 8 replies · 476+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.31.2007 | Max Boot
    Say what you will about reporters in general or the New York Times in particular: John Burns breaks all the stereotypes. As the Times’ longtime Baghdad bureau chief, he has been a fearless and honest chronicler of the war. He has presented plenty of evidence of disasters, but he isn’t afraid to highlight successes when they occur, and to warn of the dangers of American disengagement.
  • One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

    07/30/2007 10:47:31 AM PDT · by Contentions · 2 replies · 336+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.30.2007 | Max Boot
    An interesting article appeared in the Sunday New York Times updating developments in Basra. Things are not going so well in this large city in southern Iraq, where various Shiite militias are battling one another for control of political power, oil, and various criminal enterprises. The British had prided themselves for years on having a better approach than their more heavy-handed American counterparts to counterinsurgency, but, lo and behold, four years into the war, the trends seem more positive in Anbar than in Basra. What went wrong?
  • New Polls on the War

    07/24/2007 10:25:30 AM PDT · by Contentions · 9 replies · 504+ views
    contentions ^ | Max Boot
    The latest New York Times/CBS News poll brings moderately positive news about public attitudes toward the war in Iraq. For the raw results, click here. For the Times write-up, click here. The percentage of the public saying that invading Iraq was the correct decision has risen slightly. Forty-two percent now say it was the right thing to do, while 51 percent say we should have stayed out. That’s a shift from the May poll that had found only 35 percent in support of the invasion and 61 percent claiming it was a mistake. In addition, the public assessment of how...
  • Iraq isn't Vietnam, Henry(Max Boot)

    07/22/2007 5:18:09 PM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 728+ views
    los angeles times ^ | July 22, 2007 | Max Boot
    As congress debates the war in Iraq, it's becoming clear that many lawmakers want to bring the troops home while avoiding the likely consequences -- a ruinous civil war and a calamitous victory for Iran and Al Qaeda. This has led to much pining for some kind of negotiated solution -- what the Iraq Study Group called a "new diplomatic offensive" -- that might allow us a graceful exit. Enter Henry Kissinger, the octogenarian "wise man" who is an advisor to President Bush. While rightly stressing that a "precipitate withdrawal" of U.S. forces would result in a "geopolitical calamity," he...
  • Low-Hanging Fruit

    07/20/2007 11:19:07 AM PDT · by Contentions · 6 replies · 366+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.20.2007 | Max Boot
    On the Washington Post op-ed page today, Michael Gerson, Bush’s former chief speechwriter, seconds a point I’ve been making for a while regarding the malign role of Syria and Iran in Iraq. While Iran is the bigger problem, Syria is more vulnerable to outside pressure and has fewer good options for retaliation. It is, in the words of a former Bush administration official quoted in Gerson’s article, “lower-hanging fruit.” It would make sense for either the U.S. or Israel (which has its own reasons to be aggrieved about Syrian sponsorship of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizballah) to apply...
  • Friedman’s Folly

    07/19/2007 11:04:00 AM PDT · by Contentions · 3 replies · 533+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.19.2007 | Max Boot
    Thomas Friedman is the second- or third-best columnist at the New York Times. Admittedly that’s damning with faint praise. But he does know a fair amount about the Middle East and some other topics, and even if he repeats himself far too often (especially on the need for ending oil dependency), and gets a lot of things wrong (such as his support for the Oslo Peace Process), and exaggerates in those areas where he’s basically right (his support of globalization), I find him often worth a read, which is more than I can say for some of his colleagues. But...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, The NIE

    07/18/2007 8:28:02 AM PDT · by Contentions · 5 replies · 252+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.18.2007 | Max Boot
    As usual, there has been considerable fanfare leading up to the release of the new National Intelligence Estimate on “The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland.” (Or, to be more exact, the release of the NIE summary—the full text remains classified.) Early commentary suggested that this NIE—a consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community—had determined that al Qaeda was just as potent today as it had been on 9/11, and that therefore President Bush’s anti-terrorism policies have been a dismal failure. The actual text is more nuanced, providing ammunition for both the President and his critics. The summary begins with...
  • More News from Ramadi

    07/17/2007 9:57:40 AM PDT · by Contentions · 4 replies · 561+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.17.2007 | Max Boot
    You don’t hear much about Anbar Province anymore. That’s because this area, once the scene of the heaviest fighting in Iraq, has turned remarkably quiet of late. Attacks are down 80 percent since last year. If there is any cause for optimism in Iraq this is it: If an area as troubled as Anbar could be turned around so quickly, then no part of Iraq can truly be said to be hopeless. Yet much hard work remains to be done to consolidate the gains that have recently been made. I asked Colonel John Charlton, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat...
  • Letter from the Front

    07/11/2007 7:09:48 AM PDT · by Contentions · 1 replies · 384+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.11.2007 | Max Boot
    Has the surge already failed? That’s the impression you get from the MSM. The reality on the ground is a little different. Although the last surge troops only arrived in June, they have already had a significant impact. How significant? In preparing to testify before a congressional committee tomorrow, I put that question to a friend of mine, an American officer serving in Baghdad. Here is his response, which he agreed to let me share with contentions....
  • "The Road Home"

    07/10/2007 2:27:54 PM PDT · by Contentions · 1 replies · 209+ views
    contentions ^ | 7.10.2007 | Max Boot
    I confess that I don’t usually read the editorials in the New York Times. They tend to be full of high-minded imprecations to observe liberal principles. They seldom contain anything new or interesting. Sunday’s editorial, “The Road Home,” was different. It was, depending on your view, either more admirable or more appalling than what the Times and other critics of the Iraq war usually say....
  • Good Bad News from Iran

    06/28/2007 8:59:38 AM PDT · by Contentions · 7 replies · 662+ views
    contentions ^ | 6.28.2007 | Max Boot
    Good news from Iran. The Associated Press reports that “Iranians smashed shop windows and set fire to a dozen gas stations in the capital Wednesday, angered by the sudden start of a fuel rationing system that threatens to further increase the unpopularity of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” Why is this good news? Because it reveals the unpopularity of the theocratic dictatorship in Tehran, and its vulnerability to pressure. As the AP article goes on to note: “The rationing is part of a government attempt to reduce the $10 billion it spends each year to import fuel that is then sold to...
  • Flawed Logic on Iran

    06/27/2007 7:09:53 AM PDT · by Contentions · 1 replies · 268+ views
    contentions ^ | 6.26.2007 | Max Boot
    Dissecting and analyzing what passes for news in the New York Times can be a full-time job. (The estimable Hilton Kramer used to do precisely that for the New York Post.) I generally try to steer clear of doing it, for fear of getting nothing else accomplished. But a longish piece that appeared this Sunday in the New York Times magazine cries out for a critical reading. The article, “Hard Realities of Soft Power,” is by Negar Azimi, identified as an “editor at Bidoun, a cultural magazine based in New York City.” (Bidoun’s website provides further information: she is a...
  • News from Ramadi

    05/01/2007 7:27:15 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 373+ views
    News from Ramadi Max Boot - 4.30.2007 - 10:13AM It is always tempting fate to write about a success story in Iraq: by the time your article sees print, some terrible atrocity may well have been perpetrated. Case in point: Ramadi.Last week, I wrote in both the Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times about the remarkable success that U.S. forces have had recently in pacifying this one-time al-Qaeda stronghold. Sure enough, on Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, just as these articles were appearing, several car bombs went off near Ramadi.Do these bombings call into question how much...
  • Max Boot's analysis of the surge in Iraq

    04/27/2007 6:06:48 AM PDT · by Valin · 11 replies · 694+ views
    The Hugh Hewitt Show ^ | 4/27/07 | Max Boot / Hugh Hewitt
    Max Boot's analysis of the surge in Iraq, after just returning from his trip there. HH: We’re going to conclude this half hour of broadcasting by talking with Max Boot, and you don’t want to miss this. Max Boot, of course, senior fellow at the Council On Foreign Relations, contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, author of some amazingly important books, War Made New: Technology Warfare In the Course of History, as well as Savage Wars of Peace, prolific writer, and just returned from Iraq. Max Boot, welcome to the program. It’s good to have you on. MB: Thanks for...
  • Max Boot / Victor Davis Hanson on Iraq (do yourself a favor)

    02/05/2007 5:31:42 AM PST · by Valin · 16 replies · 865+ views
    Commentary magazine ^ | 2/2/07 | Max Boot / Victor Davis Hanson
    We’re sorry to see the lively debate on Iraq between Max Boot and Victor Davis Hanson end today. You can follow the debate’s fascinating progress below: Boot I • Hanson I • Boot II • Hanson II • Boot III • Hanson III • Boot IV • Hanson IV Click on Source for links
  • Rumsfeld never bought into U.S. rebuilding Iraq

    11/19/2006 2:42:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,562+ views
    LA TIMES via Austin American-Statesman. ^ | November 19, 2006 | Max Boot
    Donald Rumsfeld's downfall is replete with sad ironies. For a start, he is primarily associated with a cause — the democratization of Iraq — that he never gave much sign of believing in. Far from being a neocon, Rumsfeld remains a resolutely traditional Midwestern Republican who was happy to thrash Saddam Hussein but never evinced much enthusiasm for remaking the Middle East. It was no accident that he neglected the kind of post-invasion planning needed to implement the sweeping changes envisioned by his boss, President Bush, and his erstwhile deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. From the day U.S. troops arrived in Baghdad,...
  • US numb to Iraq troop deaths - experts

    10/20/2006 10:38:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday, October 21, 2006 | Michelle Nichols
    IN a small box titled "Names of the Dead" on page 10, The New York Times recorded the passing of Captain Mark Paine this week, who died after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Iraq. His local California newspaper, the Contra Costa Times, ran more than 700 words on Cpt Paine's death, including interviews with his mother, father and even his old Scoutmaster, while the San Francisco Chronicle ran a 500-word obituary. This local coverage of US military deaths "actually has a bigger affect on public opinion than the overall trends," said Matt Baum, an associate professor of...
  • Max Boot: Muslims' Complicity With Violence ~ the Islamic world risks ... its worst caricatures.

    09/27/2006 7:53:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 1,137+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 27, 2006 | Max Boot
    EVER SINCE 9/11, a dark view of Islam has been gaining currency on what might be called the Western street. This view holds that, contrary to the protestations of our political leaders — who claim that acts of terrorism are being carried out by a minority of extremists — the real problem lies with Islam itself. In this interpretation, Islam is not a religion of peace but of war, and its 1.2 billion adherents will never rest until all of humanity is either converted, subjugated or simply annihilated. Is the war on terrorism really a "clash of civilizations"? The overreaction...
  • Our enemies aren't drinking lattes

    07/05/2006 8:56:53 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 38 replies · 1,233+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 5, 2006 | Max Boot
    'AMATEURS TALK strategy. Professionals talk logistics." That well-worn saying, sometimes attributed to Gen. Omar Bradley, contains an obvious element of wisdom. Modern militaries cannot fight without a lengthy supply chain, and the success or failure of major operations can turn on the work of anonymous logisticians. Yet there is a danger of professional soldiers becoming so focused on supply lines that they lose sight of larger strategic imperatives. In Afghanistan and Iraq, we may already have crossed that threshold. In the past few months, I have traveled across U.S. Central Command's area of operations — a vast domain stretching from...
  • Max Boot: Appeasement will only create bigger monsters

    07/19/2005 5:35:23 AM PDT · by StoneGiant · 4 replies · 342+ views
    NH Union Leader ^ | 7/19/2005 | Max Boot
    Appeasement will only create bigger monsters By MAX BOOT Guest Commentary THE LONDON bombings have occasioned many comparisons with the 1940 Blitz. This is usually cited as evidence of British fortitude — the attitude exemplified by cockneys in the heavily bombed East End who told Winston Churchill, “We can take it, but give it ‘em back.” That is indeed the dominant British (and American) attitude, then and now, but it is important not to ignore a streak of timidity there (and here) that may get stronger in the years ahead and that was present even when civilization faced an existential...
  • Celebrating Soviet Heroes, Remembering Soviet Monsters

    05/12/2005 1:01:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 372+ views
    LAT ^ | May 12, 2005 | Max Boot
    Goose-stepping soldiers. Hammers and sickles. That was some spectacle in Red Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of V-E Day... The history airbrushed out of this week's celebrations includes the Soviet role in the rise of Germany. In the 1920s, the Soviets aided Germany's illegal rearmament, helping to develop the tanks and warplanes later used against them. In 1939, Stalin concluded a nonaggression pact that allowed Adolf Hitler to launch his blitzkrieg against Poland, France and the Low Countries. Stalin's share in the spoils was the Baltic states, Finland and parts of Poland and Romania. For the next two years,...
  • Battle over U.N. post is bigger than Bolton - It's a proxy fight over Bush's foreign policy

    05/11/2005 10:26:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 549+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/5 | Marc Sandalow
    Washington -- Sen. Chris Dodd uttered a remarkably candid observation during a recent hearing on John Bolton, President Bush's nominee for U.S. representative to the United Nations. "The position at the United Nations is not that terribly important," Dodd, D-Conn., said. It would be hard to tell that from the sound and fury over Bolton's confirmation. Democrats have portrayed Bolton as a unilateralist ogre who embellishes intelligence, berates underlings and is incapable of conducting diplomacy. Republicans have countered that Bolton is a strong-willed, if not brilliant, policy-maker with the steely resolve to take on the United Nations. The fight over...
  • John Bolton: Not nice, but good

    05/01/2005 5:54:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 6 replies · 425+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 05/01/05 | Max Boot
    Now, John Bolton's nomination to be United Nations ambassador is in serious jeopardy, according to the senators who oppose him, because he's not nice enough. But do we really want to add nastiness to the list of disqualifications? If we did, America's most effective diplomatists would have been kicked out of office. Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger, Jeane Kirkpatrick, James Baker III and Richard Holbrooke, among others, were all tough customers. Those are exactly the qualities you need in dealing with the hard cases who rule much of the world. No milquetoast need apply for the post of U.N. ambassador, or...
  • Max Boot : Where Are the Antiwar Activists on Darfur?

    04/19/2005 7:11:43 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 489+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 19, 2005 | Max Boot
    To anyone who didn't know better, it might seem that the world is finally getting serious about stopping the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, which over the past two years has claimed at least 300,000 lives and displaced at least 2 million people. After months of huffing and puffing, the UN Security Council finally agreed to freeze the assets of war-crimes suspects, impose a travel ban on them, and refer them for trial to the International Criminal Court. The latter resolution was the subject of tortuous negotiations between the Bush administration, which loathes the ICC (even though it...
  • The Struggle to Transform the Military

    04/14/2005 7:09:18 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies · 504+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | April 14, 2005 | Max Boot
    REVOLUTION, INTERRUPTEDDonald Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of defense will continue to be marked by his attempt to transform the military into a lighter, nimbler force better able to take advantage of new technology and respond to new threats. Despite (or perhaps because of) the rancor he has generated within the Pentagon, Rumsfeld has managed to shake up a hidebound institution that, if left to its own devices, would probably prefer to endlessly refight the 1991 Gulf War.The continued fighting in Iraq, however, shows the limits of what he has accomplished. The U.S. military is superb at defeating conventional forces--as its...
  • The friend we betrayed - (in defense of Ahmad Chalabi; good piece by Max Boot)

    04/08/2005 4:59:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 467+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | APRIL 8, 2005 | MAX BOOT
    In 1987, after he was exonerated of corruption charges, former Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan issued the classic plea of the wronged man: "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?" Whichever office it is, Ahmad Chalabi may want to apply there as well. The leader of the Iraqi National Congress has been the most unfairly maligned man on the planet in recent years. If you believe what you read, Chalabi is a con man, a crook and, depending on which day of the week it is, either an American or Iranian stooge. The most damning charge is...
  • The Iraq War's Outsourcing Snafu

    04/01/2005 5:17:00 AM PST · by FlyLow · 3 replies · 371+ views
    JWR ^ | 4-1-05 | Max Boot
    Ever since Ronald Reagan proclaimed in his 1981 inaugural address that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," leaders at all levels of government, Democrats and Republicans alike, have been outsourcing as much work as possible to the private sector. This is generally a good idea, but when it comes to the military, this trend may have gone too far. Peter W. Singer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of "Corporate Warriors," estimates that there are 20,000 to 30,000 civilians in Iraq performing traditional military functions, from maintaining weapons systems to guarding supply...
  • The 500 mpg solution

    03/27/2005 1:59:54 AM PST · by Banjoguy · 158 replies · 3,774+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2005 | Max Boot
    Soaring oil prices -- crude is more than $55 a barrel and unleaded gasoline more than $2 a gallon -- are not much of an economic or political issue. Yet. In absolute terms, today's prices are still half of the 1970s peaks, and the U.S. economy depends much less on petroleum than then. (Computers run on electricity, not gasoline.) But imagine what would happen if al Qaeda hit the giant Ras Tanura terminal in Saudi Arabia, where a tenth of global oil supplies are processed every day. Prices could soar past $100 a barrel, and the U.S. economy could go...
  • Incorrect History: Woods's "Politically Incorrect Guide to American History." (Paleocon bilge!)

    02/14/2005 10:18:29 PM PST · by quidnunc · 39 replies · 1,772+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 15, 2005 | Max Boot
    I first became aware of Thomas E. Woods Jr.'s Politically Incorrect Guide to American History when the New York Times Book Review took note of its rise on the paperback bestseller list and described it as a "neocon retelling of this nation's back story." A neocon retelling? What would that be, exactly? Curious to find out, I cracked open The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. It gets off to a slow start with a recitation of civics-text nuggets. Bet you didn't know that the Constitution "established three distinct branches of government — executive, legislative, and judicial — and provided...