Richard Perl and Elliot Abrams are hardly luminaries I agree. But Daniel Levy's idea that we return to "pragmatism" is ill-advised. The constellation of threats faced by the West today does not fit the "rational actor" model of statesmanship. That fact is glaringly exemplified by Iraq: under the Reagan administration Saddam Hussein "was a bastard, but at least he's our bastard" to quote Dulles on his theory. Yet Hussein fired an Exocet missiled at the USS Stark to prove to the Muslim world who was the dog and who was the tail in the US/Iraq relationship during the Iraq/Iran war. And sure enough, he turned into the nightmare that we have been dealing with since the 80s. Citing the Hamas Covenent, which serves the entire organization, not just the 'military wing', and which calls for the destruction of Jews world-wide, is not simplistically "hanging the terrorist label" on them as Levy would have us believe. These are guys we cannot *ever* do business with. Period.
12 Iraqi troops, militiamen killed in multiple ISIS suicide attacks (AP)
from the article: Ending the neoconservative nightmare