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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).

executive order

Presidents are supposed to take intelligence findings and formulate policies accordingly. All too often, though, there is a temptation to reach conclusions and then cherry-pick...
Russia

There has been a lot of talk in the United States lately about “fake news” (the accusation that President Trump tosses out to discredit unfavorable...
North Korea

Hope always springs eternal that newly appointed dictators will be kinder and gentler than their predecessors. But whether it’s Bashar Assad in Syria or Kim...
Donald Trump

The Trump presidency is redefining “conflict of interest.” The kind of ethical concerns that would have been major news in a previous administration receive barely...
advisors

All the way back in 2007, Lt. Col. John Nagl suggested, in a paper for the Center for New American Security, that it was time...
McMaster

There are few people in the world for whom I have more respect than Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, the newly named national security adviser. A...
Mike Flynn

Michael Flynn’s departure as national security adviser is a symptom of a White House in crisis. In truth, he should never have been hired in...
trump

The news today is full of reports about the unsettled atmosphere at the National Security Council, with the New York Times reporting that “council staff...
muslim brotherhood

President Trump’s commitment, as stated in his inaugural address, to “unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism” in order to eradicate it “completely from...
Afghanistan

Seven months after Barack Obama took office in 2009, he received a grim report from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, warning that...
russia

The Washington Post ran a blockbuster report on Thursday night that is in danger of being overlooked in the hullabaloo over the Ninth Circuit upholding...
Hezbollah

Our domestic political squabbles can seem petty and trivial when weighed against the horror of what is unfolding in Syria. Amnesty International has just issued...