Pundits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol got everything after 9/11 wrong but are still considered “experts.”
Max Boot (Credit: U.S. Navy) and Bill Kristol (Credit: Gage Skidmore)
One thing that every late-stage ruling class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity. Standards decline, the edges fray, but nobody in charge seems to notice. They’re happy in their sinecures and getting richer. In a culture like this, there’s no penalty for being wrong. The talentless prosper, rising inexorably toward positions of greater power, and breaking things along the way. It happened to the Ottomans. Max Boot is living proof that it’s happening in America.