Max Boot

New York

Columnist covering national security

Education: University of California at Berkeley, BA in history; Yale University, MA in history

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for The Washington Post. Max Boot is now writing a biography of Ronald Reagan for Norton/Liveright. His previous biography, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam (Norton/Liveright, 2018), was a New York Times bestseller and a finali
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Republicans went crazy over the Trump search. Now they look idiotic.

The fuller story of what went on bears no relation to the right's account.

August 12, 2022

What’s up with Amnesty International and its moral myopia on Ukraine?

Ukrainian cities must be defended. That doesn't justify Russian attacks on them.

August 8, 2022

The GOP is Viktor Orban’s party now

This isn’t the new right. It’s the new fascism.

August 7, 2022

Biden might be the Democrats’ worst possible nominee (except for all the others)

The president's poll numbers are no reflection of his actual achievements.

August 2, 2022

Did Russia or Ukraine slaughter Ukrainian POWs? It’s not a close call.

Russian propaganda claims make no sense — and don't deserve the benefit of the doubt.

August 1, 2022

The U.S. is a lot stronger than Russia. We should act like it.

Ukraine can win the war with more Western weapons.

July 27, 2022

I used to be optimistic about America’s future. Not anymore.

Another Trump term could be the death knell for U.S. democracy.

July 25, 2022

The top Marine faces unprecedented opposition. He says that’s ‘positive.’

The Marine commandant on his radical redesign: ‘You have to make trade-offs.'

July 20, 2022

Is Trump finally becoming a serious candidate? You’ve got to be kidding.

I could continue pointing out Trump’s false “facts” and nonsensical proposals from now until 2024, but what’s the point? His movement was never about policy.

July 19, 2022

Cut Biden some slack. U.S. presidents have to deal with dictators.

Mohammed bin Salman is illiberal politically, but he is liberalizing Saudi society

July 17, 2022