We Can't Afford to Let ISIS Run Wild in Iraq

A successful military intervention isn't just possible; it's essential

The Spectator

August 16, 2014

Iraq is a bloody mess. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has extended its hold from eastern Syria into western and northern Iraq, massacring Shi’ites, Christians and Yazidis wherever it can. Meanwhile in Baghdad there has been a constitutional crisis, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatening to cling to power at gunpoint even though his own political bloc has chosen a different candidate.

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Book Review: 'The Invisible Bridge' by Rick Perlstein

The mid-1970s brought a crime wave, meat and gas rationing, a deep recession, workers idled at Christmastime—then came Ronald Reagan.

Wall Street Journal

August 1, 2014

Rick Perlstein has established himself as one of our foremost chroniclers of the rise of the modern conservative movement. It's an unexpected niche for a card-carrying liberal. But if he's occasionally tart in his comments about conservatives, he is not entirely unsympathetic either. In fact, he reserves some of his most cutting barbs (and there are many in his well-crafted if slightly over-caffeinated works) for clueless establishment liberals who all too readily dismissed the significance of conservative champions such as Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

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A Strategy to Defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Prepared Statement BY MAX BOOT

U.S. House Committee on Armed Services

2nd Session, 113th Congress

July 29, 2014

Hearing on Iraq and Syria

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, members of the committee:

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In Tibet to Stay

China builds a spiffy police state

The Weekly Standard

July 21, 2014


Seven Years in Tibet was the title of a popular book and movie. I spent only five days in Tibet in early July—just long enough to get adjusted to its headache-inducing altitude (the capital is 11,800 feet above sea level)—so I hesitate to draw sweeping conclusions. But even a brief visit revealed realities beyond the headlines, which normally focus only on events such as monks burning themselves to death to protest Chinese occupation. Visiting two of the largest cities, Lhasa and Tsetang, and driving around the countryside, I saw the benefits as well as the bane of China’s rule.

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Book Review: 'American Spartan' by Ann Scott Tyson

The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

Commentary Magazine

"The Horror, the Horror"

July 1, 2014

Nearly 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have produced many stories of heroism and selfless service among American troops. There have also been a few stories of stupidity and even criminality. No stranger story has emerged from the past decade, however, than that of Major James K. Gant, an Army Special Forces officer whose exploits in Afghanistan have been compared to those of T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) and Colonel Kurtz, the renegade Special Forces officer played by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (derived from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness).

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Here's what the U.S. can do about Iraq

Los Angeles Times

June 18, 2014

There are no good options in Iraq right now. But some are worse than others. Three of the worst, unfortunately, are also the most popularly debated in Washington today: launch U.S. airstrikes without U.S. boots on the ground; work with Iran to fight ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; and/or break up Iraq into separate Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish states. All three options are alluring, but their appeal is fool's gold.

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