Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

The Romney “Big Tent” on Foreign Policy That Never Existed

Romney’s failing wasn’t that he was too vague on foreign policy, but that he demonstrated how little he knew by making detailed criticisms that made no sense.

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Foreign Policy Hawkishness Is a Dead End for the GOP

Future Republican candidates would be foolish to listen to Romney foreign policy advisers.

Posted October 22nd, 2014

The Sikorski Flap

In light of this latest embarrassment, Poland is definitely better off being represented abroad by someone else.

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Washington’s Foreign Policy Illusions

The impulse to meddle in the affairs of other nations “for their own good” is not limited to just one party or foreign policy tradition.

Posted October 22nd, 2014

The EU Referendum in the U.K. and the Pundit’s Fallacy

Endorsing a British exit from the EU won’t give the Tories a landslide.

Posted October 21st, 2014

The Midterms and Republican Reform

If the GOP falls short of taking control of the Senate next month, the result will be explained away as a fluke.

Posted October 21st, 2014

The Enthusiasm Gap and Senate Control

The 2014 election is shaping up to be an election mostly about nothing.

Posted October 21st, 2014

Obama Isn’t a Synthesis of McGovern and Kissinger

Hawks need Obama to be some hybrid holdover from the 1970s, because they are still arguing with their old opponents from forty years ago.

Posted October 21st, 2014

The Endless Folly of the Cuba Embargo

Resuming full economic and diplomatic relations with one of our closest neighbors is not a reward to the country’s government.

Posted October 21st, 2014

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.

Posted October 20th, 2014

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.

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