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The obscenity of Max Boot laid bare

An interesting piece from the Council on Foreign Relations with four different commentators speculating on whether or not the cost of the Iraq war was worth it.  Andrew J. Bacevich (who lost his son Lt Andrew Bacevich Jr in the conflict) is quite forthright and convincing…

That tally includes well over four thousand U.S. dead along with several tens of thousands wounded and otherwise bearing the scars of war; vastly larger numbers of Iraqi civilians killed, maimed, and displaced; and at least a trillion dollars expended

Michael Ignatieff a University of Toronto Professor also alludes to the massive human cost…

The claims of those who gained from Saddam’s defeat must be set against the claims of the tens, possibly hundreds of thousands, who perished in the invasion, aftermath and sectarian warfare that followed. For them, the loss is absolute, and viewed from their perspective, the question itself – “was the war worth it”– might not appear worth asking.

Michael O’Hanlon Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution at least gives lip service to lives lost…

The costs, human and financial and political, have, as noted, been huge.

In their own ways these three commentators at least acknowledged the entire human cost, both civilian and coalition forces. The Iraqi forces don’t figure – because of the John Smith henchman syndrome, as its known.  Compare this with the fourth commentator, war fanboy extraordinaire, Mr Max Boot. Here’s good old Max’s take on the cost of the Iraq war…

Critics will claim that no gains could be worth the price we paid — over 4,400 lost lives and untold hundreds of billions of dollars. But we paid a far higher price in the Korean War (36,000 dead).

It seems for Mr Boot the (lets face it) unknown number of Iraqi civilians who perished as a result of a war he had his pom pom’s out for (as he does for any whiff of possible industrial scale carnage) do not figure in his cost benefit analysis.  It simply boils down to an ‘us’ mentality.  This should come as no surprise to critics and opponents of Boot.  However one hopes that the US Armed Forces will wake up to the kind of character Boot is and refrain from the cosy working relationship they have had with him in the past decade.


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