Max Puts the Boot into Pakistan

Pro-Israeli hawk urges U.S. to “get tough” with sole Islamic nuclear power

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

While much attention has been paid to Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations that Pakistan’s ISI was behind recent attacks on American targets in Afghanistan attributed to the Haqqani network, the subsequent call by an influential neoconservative pundit for the United States to “get tough with Pakistan” seems to have gone unnoticed. 

Writing this week in two of the neoconservative flagship outlets, Commentary and The Weekly Standard, Max Boot argues for a more aggressive U.S. approach to Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency. “I suggest we start treating Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency the way we treated Iran’s Quds Force in Iraq,” Boot opines in Commentary, an influential magazine founded by the American Jewish Committee, a key component of the pro-Israel lobby. “That is to say, apply the full range of our power–everything from diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions, to kinetic military action–to curb the menace posed by this group.” 

Currently a senior fellow in national security studies at the influential Council on Foreign Relations, Max Boot clearly has the kind of influence that could turn his not-so-humble suggestion into American policy. In March 2010, General David Petraeus, then head of U.S. Central Command, turned to Boot for help when some articles appeared in the American media noting that Petraeus’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee implied that Washington’s uncritical support of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians was hurting U.S. interests in the region. 

Petraeus forwarded one of the articles to Boot, with a note saying, “As you know, I didn’t say that. It’s in a written submission for the record….” In his reply, Boot dismissed the source’s credibility, but promised Petraeus that he would write “another short item pointing people to what you actually said as opposed to what’s in the posture statement.” Appreciative, but clearly still concerned to ingratiate himself with Israel’s powerful supporters, six minutes later Petraeus wrote back: “Thx, Max. (Does it help if folks know that I hosted Elie Wiesel and his wife at our quarters last Sun night?! And that I will be the speaker at the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps in mid-Apr at the Capitol Dome…).” When the Russian-born Jewish writer assured the four-star general that this wasn’t relevant since he wasn’t being accused of being anti-Semitic, a relieved Petraeus signed off with a “Roger!” followed by a smiley emoticon. 

The embarrassing spectacle of one of America’s most eminent military commanders seeing fit to grovel in such a demeaning way before a young pro-Israeli hack would surely have ended General Petraeus’s career in Washington before it began if the American public had been made aware of the incident. The Israel-centric U.S. media, however, chose to studiously ignore the revealing Petraeus-Boot correspondence. As a consequence of the media’s silence, the servile Petraeus is currently director of the CIA, overseeing the murderous drone strikes which are predictably enraging the Pakistani people; while his self-assured confidant is goading American policy-makers from his safe perch at the neocons’ primary warmongering media outlets to escalate such provocative policies against the world’s sole Islamic nuclear power–a country which, not insignificantly, has been designated as Israel’s greatest strategic threat by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. 

While most Americans remain oblivious to the crimes being committed in their names around the world, those concerned about Pakistan’s security would do well to remember that what’s on the pages of Commentary and The Weekly Standard one day will most likely be on the lips of the Israel lobby’s compliant Congressmen and Pentagon and White House officials the next.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst.

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  • Willy  On October 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Boots is a hyper-aggressive neo-con/Likudnik assh*le.

    There are many of them, they have considerable power
    in the U.S. and the U.K., and they are IMO the greatest
    threat in the world today — the true terrorists of this

  • Khawar Latif Butt  On October 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Max Boot is not the only one tasked for anti Pakistan propaganda. I don’t blame the Americas. I blame our own leaders and Foreign Office for not anticipating such propaganda and devising mechanism to counter such hirelings in the international press.I am afraid we are doing enough home work ourselves.

  • Shaukat  On October 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Butt Sahib; if we were not saleable commodities, nobody could have bought us! When I read of the US offering a staggering $ 25 million to Pakistani journalists, for presenting a favorable picture of the US, I volunteered; nobody took me seriously!!! One of the problems of having a reputation!!! Not, much, even a small one!

  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On October 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Anyone some common sense and peep in human psychology will not surprised by such stories. All these games had been played,are being played and will be played by Machiavellian charachters to gain power and hold to power as far and as much as possible. Those with close observations, right kinds of links can gather such inside stories,share with public and /or use them for personal gains. It’ll be naieve to think that anyone,particularly elements of vested interset, be it Israel or India, won’t expolit the situations to their benefit through all kinds of Machiavellian tactics and manipulative tricks. The challenge how far the targeted ones can make counter moves and manage their affairs.

  • Ali Kazim  On October 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Notwithstanding the leadership, sans any character, we, the people are ready. Come on, try us.


  • S U Turkman  On October 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Yeah we are ready to emigrate to USA.

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