February 2, 2008
Re "Iraq's No. 1 problem," Opinion, Jan. 28 Bing West and Max Boot should be ashamed. Iraq's No. 1 problem has been, and will continue to be, that the U.S. illegally and unnecessarily invaded it. To claim anything else is cowardly. Edward Saade Poway How serendipitous that West and Boot's rosy Op-Ed article on Iraq came out the same day that five more of our fine young soldiers were killed in Mosul. This insane exercise in "nation building" and "spreading democracy" has not been worth one American life, much less thousands.
September 13, 2007
Re "Nothing succeeds like success," Opinion, Sept. 8 Max Boot has certainly consumed enormous quantities of Bush Kool-Aid. Boot asserts that sectarian violence in Iraq has decreased significantly since December 2006. However, the first of the "surge" troops did not arrive in Iraq until February, and civilian deaths in Iraq have been fairly steady from January through August. Also, Boot has cooked the books.
July 28, 2007
Re "Iraq isn't Vietnam, Henry," Opinion, July 22 Max Boot provides the perfect solution to our little problem in Iraq: Bring in more military, continue the "surge," no diplomacy and stay forever. This in lieu of what he considers the disastrous Henry Kissinger solution to our little problem in Vietnam, with an additional Korean lesson twist on the whole affair.
April 27, 2007
Re "An Iraq success story," Opinion, April 24 It's pathetic to read the learned Max Boot as he sifts through the ashes of a tragically failed policy and strains to find a "success" story in Iraq. The factual success story is the removal of Saddam Hussein, discovering for certain that there were no weapons of mass destruction and that an infrastructure for democratic rule has been established. But citing the reduction of violence in one province largely misses the fact that we have unleashed a civil war and we have no right to be in the middle of it. We have paid dearly for our victories; it's up to the Iraqis to resolve their own civil war. VINCENT DE VITA Northridge Boot concludes his column by saying, "Unless, of course, antiwar politicians back home succeed in pulling the plug, in which case defeat is guaranteed."
March 9, 2007
Re "Keeping Iran in line," Opinion, March 7 Max Boot incorrectly states that "the trouble" with Iran began with the U.S. hostage crisis in 1979. In fact, the trouble began in 1953, when the CIA overthrew the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and installed the tyrannical dictator Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Boot tries to demonstrate that President Bush has no plans to attack Iran but proves just the opposite. If we've learned anything from the run-up to the Iraq war, it's that we can't trust Bush's unfounded claims that Iran poses any threat to us. MARJORIE COHN San Diego Boot suggests that the Bush administration would be justified in striking Iran, but, saints that they are, will push diplomacy instead.
March 2, 2007
Re "Allies on the cheap," Opinion, Feb. 28 Max Boot's paean to America's bloated defense budget overlooks one important fact as it pummels our allies for not ponying up billions more to help us in our overseas adventures: The taxpayer money we flush down the drain through waste, fraud and war profiteering adds up to more than most of our NATO friends spend in the first place. Perhaps we should follow their example rather than they ours. STEPHEN LEE La Habra It's always amazing to me to hear an intelligent, articulate, rational person come to an absurd conclusion.
February 25, 2007
Re "Is Iraq turning into Yugoslavia?" Opinion, Feb. 21 Max Boot cited the enormous costs and the terrible things that happen when countries fall apart. The instability, the carnage, the horror -- so unnecessary, so avoidable. Please remember, Max, that intervention doesn't change things -- it just holds them down. If a maniac is fueling ancient flames, you can be sure that the potential was always there and will continue to be there until the root cause of hatred is faced by those involved.
February 18, 2007
Re "The louse that roared," Opinion, Feb. 14 In contrast to Max Boot's nastiness, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's speech in Munich offered an invitation to non-confrontationally think in what will hopefully be a worldwide debate about the roles of various countries in this young century. The speech was an appeal for a world in which different interests work together on global issues. It was not a threat but rather an exploration into why Russia feels threatened by the recent moves of certain countries.
February 2, 2007
Re "Toward no more Iraqs," Opinion, Jan. 31 Max Boot's suggestion that the president needs to create a Department of Peace deserves all the support we can give it. Bush's grand strategic error from the start has been to interpret the word "war" in the phrase "war on terror" too literally, thus making it seem logical for the Department of Defense to be in charge. It has, to be sure, been necessary to use military force, if not in Iraq, at least in Afghanistan; but our main goal should always have been to neutralize or win over the hearts and minds of our present or potential enemies.
January 20, 2007
Re "No better idea," Opinion, Jan. 17 Perhaps the silliest part of Max Boot's ridiculous argument is that he thinks the president's new strategy in Iraq is either new or a strategy at all. We have previously had more troops in the country than the surge will put there this year. Simply overstretching our armed forces will do nothing to help the situation as long as we keep ignoring the fact that the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has no legitimacy or power with its own people.