In the Philippines and especially in Vietnam, CIA agent Edward Lansdale rarely worked from the playbook, but while he often got sterling results, he was just as often reviled.
A Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a renowned military historian, Max Boot is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. In addition to The Road Not Taken, he is the author of Savage Wars of Peace and the New York Timesbestseller Invisible Armies. He lives in New York.
Once, our political system was the envy of the world. Now, no matter what the crisis, we can count on Washington to be paralyzed by gridlock. How long can this go on?
Is the president an independent or a right-winger? A racist or surprisingly tolerant? Pro-Putin or anti? He’s all of those things. Which may mean he’s none of them.