Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Obama’s Legacy: War Without End

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

Posted January 16th, 2017

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

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

Posted January 16th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

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

Posted January 13th, 2017

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.”

Posted January 12th, 2017

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.

Posted January 12th, 2017

Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

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

Posted January 11th, 2017

Thoughts on Tillerson’s Opening Statement

Tillerson’s prepared remarks include several worrisome statements.

Posted January 11th, 2017

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.

Posted January 10th, 2017

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.

Posted January 10th, 2017

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.

Posted January 10th, 2017

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.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Attacking North Korea Would Be a Disaster

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

Posted January 9th, 2017

Where Is the Opposition to Our Illegal and Unnecessary Wars?

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

Posted January 9th, 2017

Mattis and Iran

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

Posted January 9th, 2017

The Folly of Having ‘No Daylight’ with Clients

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

Posted January 9th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

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

Posted January 6th, 2017

The House Passes a Foolish Resolution Against UNSCR 2334

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

Posted January 6th, 2017