Aaron David Miller

For Aaron David Miller's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 21, 2013

Five myths about the next defense secretary

1. Chuck Hagel is anti-Israel. In 2006, I interviewed then-Sen. Hagel for a book I was writing on U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli negotiations. Quotes from that interview, such as his comment that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here,” have ...

Jan 7, 2013

Don't blame U.S. passivity for the chaos in Syria

Who lost Syria? Comments by some U.S. senators, analysts and journalists, including the editorial board of The Washington Post, suggest there is no doubt: Bashar Assad and his thugocracy are primarily responsible for the killings, but that the tragedy of Syria is also a ...

Feb 20, 2012

Myth of the U.S. president as master of events

Americans are presidency-addicted. We can’t get enough information about our commanders in chief, yet there is a woeful misunderstanding of the office. The president is more often than not at the mercy of events rather than a master of them. Our greatest presidents were ...