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.

Obama’s Legacy: War Without End

Obama’s legacy is continuing U.S. involvement in wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

Needlessly Provoking a Major Power Isn’t Good for the U.S.

Poking China in the eye continues to be remarkably ill-advised.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Obama’s reckless interventionism. Bonnie Kristian reviews the record of Obama’s many wars. …

Cruz and Graham’s Tantrum Against the U.N.

Cruz and Graham’s bill to defund the U.N. will reduce U.S. influence in the world in a vain bid to show “strength.”

Another Pointless Provocation of China

Whatever Tillerson’s reason for making these comments might be, it risks worsening relations with China without gaining the U.S. anything.

Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

If Tillerson thinks the U.S. should have armed Ukraine in 2014, that doesn’t reflect well on his judgment.

Thoughts on Tillerson’s Opening Statement

Tillerson’s prepared remarks include several worrisome statements.

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Makes No Sense

Relocating the embassy would be a cause of much grief for both governments for years to come and would gain them nothing.

Syria and the Judgments of ‘History’

Future historians may be challenged to explain to their contemporaries why so many people were fixated on getting the U.S. mired in a foreign civil war.

Obama’s Rhetorical Excess and U.S. Foreign Policy

One recurring theme in Obama’s foreign policy decisions is that he leaves a huge gap between his speeches and the policies he is actually prepared to carry out.

The Atrocious War on Yemen and Our Reckless Gulf Clients

As we can see from their senseless war on Yemen, they actively work to make the region less secure than it was before.

Attacking North Korea Would Be a Disaster

It would be the perfect example of a short-sighted, counterproductive, and irresponsible use of force.

Where Is the Opposition to Our Illegal and Unnecessary Wars?

Obama’s legacy: normalizing perpetual war while pretending to end wars.

Mattis and Iran

The main concern is Mattis’ claim that Iran and ISIS are not enemies when they plainly are.

The Folly of Having ‘No Daylight’ with Clients

A “no daylight” approach to any other state is always a mistake for both parties.

God Is With Us!

Christ is born, glorify him! Christ is from heaven, go to meet …

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Ceaseless war puts Yemen on the brink of famine. The AP reports …

The House Passes a Foolish Resolution Against UNSCR 2334

This is a particularly striking example of how unrepresentative the House can be.

Trump’s Yemen Babble Revisited

Trump’s remarks on Yemen show how much the obsession with Iran distorts his view of the entire region.

The Cult of U.S. ‘Leadership’

After more than a decade of one costly failure after another, how can anyone still imagine that relying on U.S. “leadership” is the right answer for them or for us?

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