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Wake up, America: It's time to properly debate our endless war in the Middle East

•, By Michael Brendan Dougherty

At a 2006 meeting of the conservative Philadelphia Society, scholar Max Boot gave a pointed speech that America needed to make the same kind of military commitment to Iraq that it made to Germany after World War II, to the tune of 50 or so years. He finished with a Teddy Roosevelt quote: "We must soberly set to work to find out all we can about the existence and extent of every evil, must acknowledge it to be such, and must then attack it with unyielding resolution."

After the speech, a boyish student from Yale, Peter Johnston, stood up and politely noted to Boot that he would commit America to be in Iraq until he, Peter Johnston, was in his 70s. It got a good laugh from all the people in the room who will be long dead by the time Peter Johnston is in his 70s.

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