Author Archives: Daniel Larison

About Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter.

Predictions for the Most Competitive 2014 Governors’ Races

Scott Walker will fall short and lose his bid for re-election.

Keeping Up Appearances: Why the U.S. Backs Rebels in Syria

The U.S. talks up its minimal support for local forces to make an ill-advised intervention seem somewhat less reckless than it really is.

Cruz’s Demagoguery on Israel and Iran

No one should ever take anything Cruz says on foreign policy (or on anything else) seriously.

2014 Senate Predictions

Republicans have underperformed in Senate races in the last two elections and could do the same thing again.

The Implosion of the Labour Party

A party can neglect its core supporters for only so long before they give up and move on to an alternative.

The Mirage of “Nation-Building”

“Nation-building” is a wasteful, optional exercise on the part of our government that shouldn’t be repeated in the future.

The U.S. and Israel: Don’t Call It a Crisis

Pretending that the U.S. has a “special” relationship with one of its clients is a mistake.

Paul and the War Against ISIS

Sen. Paul is talking about the war against ISIS as if it were still the “limited” operation that Obama claimed it would be at the beginning.

Is There a Point to Publicizing U.S.-Israel Tensions?

Obama may want to try causing Netanyahu some political headaches of his own.

Leave the Reagan Doctrine in the Past

The Reagan Doctrine was one of the least impressive parts of Reagan’s record, and it inflicted enormous damage on the countries where it was put into practice.

Why Israel Won’t Attack Iran (II)

Starting a war against Iran wouldn’t prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Perry’s Stale Foreign Policy

Perry’s latest foreign policy remarks are tone-deaf and foolish.

Boehner’s Hawkish Demagoguery

If Americans need to be reminded why his party can’t be trusted on foreign policy, these comments from Boehner should do the trick.

The Yaalon Quarrel and U.S.-Israel Relations

Israel has few “friends” to start with, and can hardly afford to antagonize the few that it has.

What Rand Paul Didn’t Say

Paul’s statements about the wars America shouldn’t fight don’t square with his support for the current war against ISIS.

A Foreign Policy That “Works”

One needn’t pretend that the U.S. can “become Switzerland” to insist that the U.S. must stop trying to be the micro-manager/overlord of the rest of the planet.

The Boring Midterms

We already know the election results aren’t going to change the balance of power in Washington very much.

Obama’s “Empty Talk”

This is the president that escalated one war, committed the U.S. to another unnecessary conflict in Libya, and launched yet another military campaign on his own authority.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

When Congress should assert itself and when it shouldn’t. Paul Pillar compares …

The Hunt for Warren’s Missing Foreign Policy

The fixation on Warren as the hoped-for progressive challenger to Clinton underscores how few prominent elected doves there are in the Democratic Party today.

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