Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

The Stunt and the Dysfunctional U.S.-Israel Relationship

A relationship this unhealthy isn’t going to be improved so quickly because of one leader’s political stunt.

Posted March 3rd, 2015

Walker’s “Existential Threat” Alarmism About the Nuclear Deal

Walker is explicitly calling for the U.S. to let Israel set the terms of our diplomacy.

Posted March 2nd, 2015

Why Walker Keeps Stumbling

Walker has been elevated to the top group of candidates despite the fact he hasn’t yet earned his place there.

Posted March 2nd, 2015

Netanyahu’s Stunt and the Iran Hawks

Netanyahu can be expected to repeat Iran hawks’ exaggerated, false warnings about a non-existent “existential threat” verbatim.

Posted March 2nd, 2015

Walker’s Reagan Nostalgia and Foreign Policy

If Walker believes what he’s saying, he is endorsing an absurdly extreme version of the “credibility” argument.

Posted February 28th, 2015

Jindal and Rubio’s Confused Talking Points

Jindal and Rubio’s foreign policy attacks fall flat.

Posted February 28th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

There is no better deal coming on the nuclear issue. Paul Pillar …

Posted February 27th, 2015

Brooks’ Lousy Ideas on Iran

Making the elimination of Iran’s nuclear program the “centerpiece of American policy” is to doom that policy to failure.

Posted February 27th, 2015

Iran Hawks’ Phony Concern for Nonproliferation

Hard-liners prefer an Iranian nuclear program that faces no real scrutiny and has no restrictions placed upon it.

Posted February 27th, 2015

Walker’s Silly Foreign Policy Remarks at CPAC

Walker’s CPAC remarks remind us that he has nothing substantive to say about foreign policy.

Posted February 26th, 2015

The SNP Surge and the British General Election

The unionist win last September may have only delayed the dissolution of the union and Scottish independence rather than preventing it all together.

Posted February 26th, 2015

Britain’s Many Wars of Choice

All of Britain’s wars over the last two decades have been wars of choice that it could have avoided.

Posted February 26th, 2015

The Absurd “No Light” Approach to Managing Allies and Clients

If the U.S. never allowed any “light” between it and its allies and clients, that would mean letting those allies and clients dictate what U.S. policy ought to be.

Posted February 26th, 2015

Bush’s Fatuous Views on Iraq and ISIS

Bush’s statement combines the worst sort of second-guessing with a magical belief in the power of an American military presence to forestall undesirable developments overseas.

Posted February 26th, 2015

Why Hawkish Foreign Policy Shouldn’t Be Called “Muscular”

Hawks don’t want to own the deadly and sometimes disastrous consequences of their preferred policies.

Posted February 25th, 2015

Ruling Out Ukraine’s NATO Membership

Ruling out Ukraine’s membership in NATO would not concede anything that hasn’t already been conceded.

Posted February 25th, 2015

Netanyahu’s Stunt and the “Pro-Israel” Consensus

Many of Netanyahu’s critics don’t like seeing the “pro-Israel” consensus in the U.S. called into question.

Posted February 25th, 2015