Eliot Cohen is one of the more respected neoconservatives currently working. A professor at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies and a veteran, he has solid intellectual credentials and a more personal connection to foreign policy than most hawks, and indeed was a critic of the conduct of the war in Iraq prior to being brought into the Bush administration in 2007. This is a thing he actually wrote:
Neither Mr. Obama nor the predecessor he still complains of have been able to get beyond the trope of “extremists who have perverted a great religion.” J. K. Rowling has given her readers a more thorough understanding of Lord Voldemort than the West’s leaders have given their populations of whom we fight, what really animates them, and what the challenges that lie ahead will be.
Yes, Cohen is really complaining that Obama and Bush talked about terrorism with a greater sense of nuance than Rowling described a fictional villain. If ever there were a better example of the right’s Manichean and naive treatment of national security challenges, I have not seen it.