Boot's plan calls for more U.S. bombs to be dropped on Iraq, more U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq, no-fly zones, enlisting domestic support, and nation-building.
What an ingenious plan! Why didn't anyone think of that before now?
But wait a minute! Somebody did think of that before now.
We have definitely been down this interventionist road before. How's that original plan for Iraq working out for Max Boot and other interventionists?
Obviously, not very well.
I beg to differ.
The interventionists' plans have worked out, and continue to work out, very well indeed for the interventionists. They continue to enjoy -- take your pick depending on what any particular one of them happens to be after -- political power, media exposure and deference as "opinion leaders" and "experts," and big profits as "defense contractors" or shareholders, lobbyists or front men for same.
It's not working out too well for their victims, of course. Iraqis continue to bleed and die, as does the occasional American troop, contractor or random blowback abductee/murder victim. American taxpayers continue to pick up the tab (cash on the barrelhead every April 15th, putative indebtedness to the extent that the politicians decide not to balance the checkbooks).
But the interventionists themselves? They're shitting in tall cotton pretty much any way you look at it.