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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).

There has been a surge of alarmism about Iran within the U.S. foreign-policy community. Many experts fear that belligerent fanatics will soon use their fearsome...

Judging by the number of outraged responses, I seem to have struck a nerve with my post, “Maybe Al Gore Is Right.” Many readers wrote...

Conservatives like to think of themselves as hard-headed, flinty-eyed realists who draw conclusions based on the way the world actually works, not on the way...

Dear Victor, My reaction to your call for more aggressive tactics can best be summed up with that classic phrase beloved of Supreme Court justices: concur...

Dear Victor, There is a sense of urgency within the armed forces—especially within the Army and the Marine Corps—but it’s hard to see it in the...

Dear Victor, Though a virtue in interpersonal relations, agreeableness is not necessarily a good thing in an online exchange, where a clash of views is often...

Dear Victor, Remember that inspired 1994 flick Dumb and Dumber? If I were to make a movie about the Middle East today it would have to...

I applaud the Bush Doctrine. I think it was the right response—the only possible response—to the horror of 9/11. In light of the very real...

State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century by Francis Fukuyama Cornell. 137 pp. $22.50 Few subjects in American foreign policy today are more important or contentious...

Surprise, Security, and the American Experience by John Lewis Gaddis Harvard. 150 pp. $18.95 A great many books analyzing the recent shifts in American foreign policy have appeared...

The Wrong War: Why We Lost in Vietnam by Jeffrey Record Naval Institute Press. 217 pp. $27.95 Saigon fell almost a quarter-century ago, yet the Vietnam war still...