Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

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

Leslie Gelb recycles a bad argument that he was making months ago: …

Posted October 20th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

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

Posted October 17th, 2014

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.

Posted October 17th, 2014

Domestic Politics and Diplomacy with Iran

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

Posted October 16th, 2014

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.

Posted October 16th, 2014

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.

Posted October 16th, 2014

Obama’s War Powers Precedents

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

Posted October 16th, 2014

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.

Posted October 15th, 2014

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.

Posted October 15th, 2014

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.

Posted October 15th, 2014

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.

Posted October 14th, 2014

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.

Posted October 14th, 2014

The Absurd Idea of an Alliance with Vietnam

Allying with Vietnam would be short-sighted and irresponsible.

Posted October 14th, 2014

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

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

Posted October 14th, 2014

Normal Relations With Cuba Are Long Overdue

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

Posted October 14th, 2014

The Red Herring of “Isolationism”

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

Posted October 14th, 2014

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.

Posted October 13th, 2014