Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

The Wages of Threat Inflation

If half of Americans think ISIS poses a critical threat to our vital interests, that shows they don’t understand the meaning of these words.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

The “Limited” Intervention That Will Take Years

The administration has set down restrictions on what it would be willing to do in Iraq and Syria, and then cast those restrictions aside within days or weeks.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

The Folly of Fighting Against Both Sides in Syria

The war against ISIS is a serious mistake, but fighting both the regime and ISIS at the same time would be a disaster.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

Game of Thrones Is Not a Foreign Policy Manual

Allying with the Syrian regime isn’t a smart policy even when judged by thoroughly amoral standards.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS Spreads to Syria

Loose talk of “destroying” ISIS practically demanded expanding the war into Syria.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

The Unrealistic Goal of “Destroying” ISIS

The goal is unachievable, and pursuing that goal will cost the U.S. far more than anyone was ever willing to lose when the campaign began.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

Syrian and American Illusions

The vote to arm Syrian rebels creates the illusion of broad support for a policy that no one believes will achieve anything.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

The Folly of Arming Ukraine

Sen. Corker’s bill should be voted down.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

In defense of Christians. Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Andrew Doran, executive director …

Posted September 19th, 2014

Hawks and Doves

Clinton may be able to get away with being much more hawkish than her party.

Posted September 19th, 2014

Saakashvili’s Desperate Quest for Rehabilitation

Revisiting the facts of Saakashvili’s tenure just confirms his reputation for recklessness and abuse of power.

Posted September 19th, 2014

Independence Delayed?

Unless the government makes good on its promises to Scotland, it has simply delayed the inevitable.

Posted September 19th, 2014

Initial Thoughts on the Independence Referendum

No matter what the outcome may be, the referendum has been an enormous triumph of popular political engagement and participation.

Posted September 18th, 2014

Scotland and Separatism in Europe

A Scottish ‘yes’ vote isn’t going to lead to a wave of political crises across Europe.

Posted September 18th, 2014

Scotland and the “Forces of Chaos”

Forbes’ warning is comically alarmist.

Posted September 18th, 2014

The Horror of Being a Normal Country

For interventionists, nothing is more horrifying than minding your own business.

Posted September 17th, 2014

Cruz’s Bogus “No Greater Ally” Claim

It is ludicrous to suggest that Israel is an ally of the region’s Christians, much less the best one

Posted September 17th, 2014