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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.
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.
Allying with Assad and Iran against the Islamic State would be both abhorrent and unworkable.
The secret casualties of Iraq’s chemical weapons. C.J. Chivers reports on the …
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.
A change in Senate control could end up derailing negotiations with Iran.
International recognition of Palestine cannot put a “brake” on a peace process that isn’t going anywhere.
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 and his officials have embraced the idea that the president can wage war on his own authority.
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.
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 U.S. shouldn’t be trying to find suitable proxies in foreign civil wars in the first place.
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 House of Commons vote is a sign that Israel is losing ground among some of its otherwise reliable supporters in the West.
Allying with Vietnam would be short-sighted and irresponsible.
The “breadth” of this very shallow coalition isn’t very meaningful.
It is fitting that the defense of such a bankrupt policy should be so weak.
Most Americans aren’t wrong in believing that most problems overseas are not our government’s responsibility.
The rebels’ position is entirely understandable, but it is also another argument for bringing the intervention to an end.
The military intervention in Iraq and Syria is illegal under U.S. law.
In most cases it is impossible for “inaction” to be costlier than “action” overseas.← Older posts
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