Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

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

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

The Rise and Fall of Rubio

Rubio now seems set on pursuing a nomination he can’t get at the expense of giving up the Senate seat he won in the race against Crist.

Posted February 24th, 2015

Giuliani’s Tedious Lecture on “American Exceptionalism”

Not one of the “allies” that Giuliani mentions is actually an ally of the United States.

Posted February 23rd, 2015

Why 2016 Hawkish Candidates May Hamper U.S. Diplomacy

The prospect of a more hawkish administration in 2017 will make other governments less interested in making deals with the U.S.

Posted February 19th, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Underwhelming Foreign Policy Speech

It is telling that the most specific positions he took align him closely with his party’s hard-liners.

Posted February 18th, 2015

Military Intervention and Public Opinion

There is some good news in the latest findings for advocates of restraint.

Posted February 18th, 2015

Congress Should Reject the Authorization for the War on ISIS

Any limits in the new draft resolution are irrelevant as long as the 2001 AUMF remains in force.

Posted February 16th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Whom does Netanyahu represent? Noah Millman questions the Israeli prime minister’s claim …

Posted February 13th, 2015

The Phony “Broad Coalition” Against ISIS

The U.S. has been suckered into taking on almost all of the work and the risks of the air campaign while its “partners” make token contributions.

Posted February 13th, 2015

Obama’s “Limited” Perpetual War

The administration is seeking approval for a “limited” war that it envisions as being virtually unlimited in terms of place, duration, and potential targets.

Posted February 12th, 2015

The Ever-Expanding War on ISIS

Congress should refuse to sign off on the administration’s expansive war resolution.

Posted February 12th, 2015

The War Against ISIS and the Absurd AUMF Debate

The entire process of authorizing the war is happening long after the decision to intervene was made without any real debate.

Posted February 11th, 2015

Do Sanctions Have Deterrent Value?

The U.S. and its allies don’t consistently apply and maintain sanctions against regimes that violate international norms and laws.

Posted February 9th, 2015

Why the 2016 Democratic “Bench” Seems Weaker Than It Is

The party out of power can indulge its fantasies about every possible candidate.

Posted February 5th, 2015

The U.S. Hasn’t Been Neglecting Its Clients and Allies

There has been an unwillingness to conform U.S. policies in every respect to the policies that our clients and allies would have liked.

Posted February 3rd, 2015