Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

So Much For Hagel

Removing Hagel sets up another confirmation battle in the new year with a hostile Republican Senate majority.

Posted November 24th, 2014

The Weak Objections to a Nuclear Deal

Rejecting a significant agreement with Iran on the nuclear issue because it may expire decades from now is mindless.

Posted November 24th, 2014

Wrecking a Deal with Iran Is Dangerous

All parties will be worse off if the saboteurs succeed.

Posted November 24th, 2014

Why Threat Inflation Flourishes

Politicians and officials are penalized for accuracy and rewarded for exaggeration and alarmism.

Posted November 24th, 2014

Conservatives, Hard-liners, and Diplomacy

Conservatives should recoil from the mentality of hard-liners on Iran.

Posted November 24th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Libya and the tides of history. Noah Millman reflects on Shakespeare and …

Posted November 21st, 2014

The Folly of Arming Ukraine

Neither Ukraine nor the U.S. would benefit from it.

Posted November 21st, 2014

The Terrible Idea of an Alliance with Iraq

A formal alliance with Iraq would add nothing to U.S. security, but would ensure that the U.S. will be entangled in Iraqi affairs for decades to come.

Posted November 20th, 2014

Webb Is Running for President

His entry into the race should be very good and healthy for the Democratic Party and the country.

Posted November 20th, 2014

Jeb Bush and Foreign Policy

The country was already badly misled once by crediting a younger Bush with following in the foreign policy tradition of his father.

Posted November 19th, 2014

Global “Policing” Is a Recipe for Chaos

Stephens’ notion of global “policing” amounts to a pretext for regime change with no concern for what takes the place of the deposed government.

Posted November 19th, 2014

Power’s Warning: Don’t Think About Failed Interventions

Power thinks Americans need to be warned away from counting the costs of failed policies.

Posted November 19th, 2014

Lessons from the Libyan War

One lesson that the Libyan war should teach us is that the U.S. and its allies are far too quick to want to take sides in foreign disputes and conflicts.

Posted November 19th, 2014

Jefferson and the Uses of U.S. Power

The U.S. ought to conserve its strength, husband its resources, and exercise restraint.

Posted November 19th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS and Congress’ Abdication

Congress has been allowed and even encouraged in its abdication by an administration that pretends that it doesn’t need a new AUMF.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Are Americans “Squeamish” About War?

Most Americans are usually only too ready to support military action when the president claims it to be necessary.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Revisiting the Libyan War

The arguments for intervention in Libya were extraordinarily weak and many of them were based on little more than wishful thinking.

Posted November 18th, 2014