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Max Boot

Max Boot

Max Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular contributor to Commentary, and the author, most recently, of Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare From Ancient Times to the Present Day (Liveright, 2013).

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...

It may not be worth the billions in dues that we pay, but the United Nations does perform a few useful functions, among them producing...

In the midst of the usual catastrophes, there is, finally, a bit of good news from Iraq. As a Los Angeles Times headline on Monday...

One of the most common arguments employed by those who argue for a rapid drawdown of U.S. force in Iraq is that we don’t need...

During the cold war, the American public often recoiled from the possibility that the Soviet Union might be behind some outrage too horrific to ignore....

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,...

Senator Richard Lugar is winning encomia from all the predictable quarters—e.g., Joe Conason in the New York Observer—for his supposed wisdom and independence in declaring...

Readers of contentions interested in learning more about current military operations in Iraq than what they get from the headlines (which invariably focus on casualties,...

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...

If you ask the average American what life is like for our troops in Iraq, the answer you get would probably be "a living hell."...

It seems fairly certain that the Army will expand over the next few years. The only question is by how much. Secretary of Defense Robert...

The recent spate of appointments of admirals to top “joint” jobs within the U.S. armed forces is, so to speak, making waves within the military....