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.

Americans Aren’t “Hard-Wired” for American Exceptionalism

We should be wary of anyone that attempts to explain the behavior of states with claims about what entire nations are “hard-wired” to do.

Gelb’s “Only Way” to Defeat ISIS Is a Terrible Idea

Allying with Assad and Iran against the Islamic State would be both abhorrent and unworkable.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The secret casualties of Iraq’s chemical weapons. C.J. Chivers reports on the …

The Perils of Threat Inflation

The U.S. is an extraordinarily secure country, so it takes an extraordinary amount of exaggeration to convince Americans that new foreign wars are necessary.

Domestic Politics and Diplomacy with Iran

A change in Senate control could end up derailing negotiations with Iran.

Recognizing Palestine and the Two-State Solution Mirage

International recognition of Palestine cannot put a “brake” on a peace process that isn’t going anywhere.

The Perils of “Indispensable Nation” Rhetoric

The U.S. has little at stake in the fight against ISIS, but Obama can’t admit that without rejecting the “indispensable nation” conceit.

Obama’s War Powers Precedents

Obama and his officials have embraced the idea that the president can wage war on his own authority.

Chemical Weapons and Iraq

The real story is that the government mistreated American soldiers that were exposed to chemical agents, and all the while did its best to keep the public from learning about this outrageous behavior.

Arming Rebels Doesn’t Work

Obama’s decision and Congress’ recent vote to provide arms and training to the “moderate” opposition now look even worse than they already did.

The Hunt for the Elusive “Moderates”

The U.S. shouldn’t be trying to find suitable proxies in foreign civil wars in the first place.

Hawkish Projection and War with Iran

The real problem isn’t that Iran doesn’t take American threats seriously, but that an attack on Iran would be illegal and unpardonably stupid.

The British Vote to Recognize Palestine

The House of Commons vote is a sign that Israel is losing ground among some of its otherwise reliable supporters in the West.

The Absurd Idea of an Alliance with Vietnam

Allying with Vietnam would be short-sighted and irresponsible.

The “Broad Coalition” on ISIS That Still Doesn’t Exist

The “breadth” of this very shallow coalition isn’t very meaningful.

Normal Relations With Cuba Are Long Overdue

It is fitting that the defense of such a bankrupt policy should be so weak.

The Red Herring of “Isolationism”

Most Americans aren’t wrong in believing that most problems overseas are not our government’s responsibility.

Stop the War Before It Gets Worse

The rebels’ position is entirely understandable, but it is also another argument for bringing the intervention to an end.

The Illegal War Against ISIS (II)

The military intervention in Iraq and Syria is illegal under U.S. law.

The Supposed “Costs of Inaction”

In most cases it is impossible for “inaction” to be costlier than “action” overseas.

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