Post-9/11 wars were wholeheartedly endorsed. Body counts number in the millions. Many more die daily. Human suffering is incalculable.
GW Bush against Afghanistan and Iraq was cheered. Obama's rage for direct and proxy wars without end gets full support.
Every US president since Truman supported Israel right or wrong. Occupation hell is suppressed. Post-911, America's domestic and imperial war on Islam gets favorable coverage.
Editorial policy endorses might over right. Mass slaughter is practically glorified. How many more millions of corpses will Times editors tolerate? Don't expect that consideration debated in policy discussions.
On September 26, The Times gave two notorious neocons op-ed space. Michael Doran is senior fellow for the Brookings Institution Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He endorses any war furthering US interests. They alone matter.
Formerly, he was deputy assistant secretary of defense and National Security Council senior director for George Bush.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, one analyst called Max Boot John McCain's "mad dog advisor" for good reason. He specializes in warmongering imperial commentaries.
He's currently the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Before Bush invaded Iraq, he endorsed it preemptively.
He's gotten previous Times op-ed space. Its editors show no shame on what they publish. Earlier, they let Boot promote Operation Phoenix-like death squads for effective counterinsurgency missions. They turned Judith Miller loose as a virtual Pentagon press agent.
They gave her daily front page feature space. Apologies didn't follow. Media giants never say they're sorry. They remain in full battle mode against new targets. They itch for more wars. They boost circulation.
They ignore a Chicago tradition. Until it closed at year end 2005, Chicago's famed City News Bureau gave young reporter rigorous training. Its committed principle was:
"If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out with two independent sources."
In other words, get it right or not at all. Feature truth and full disclosure. Do it or find another line of work. Try it for The Times or other media giants, and it'll happen as fast as higher-ups saying "you're fired."
On September 26, Doran and Boot teamed up. The Times featured their op-ed headlined "5 Reasons to Intervene in Syria Now," saying:
"Syria is a mess, and it is tempting to stay out, especially in an election year. Yet inaction carries its own risks. There are five reasons to bring down President Bashar al-Assad sooner rather than later."
(1) US intervention would weaken Iran. Its government will lose its most important ally.