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.