Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

Most Americans Aren’t Hawks

Most Americans don’t identify as hawks, and even more of them don’t want a global “leadership” role for the U.S.

Posted September 30th, 2014

Why the Public Expects Escalation in Iraq and Syria

The public can see that Obama has yielded to pressure for escalation before, and they assume he will do so again.

Posted September 30th, 2014

Why Cameron Recalled Parliament and Obama Ignored Congress

Obama concluded that his mistake last year was not in trying to intervene but rather in bothering to ask for support.

Posted September 25th, 2014

How Long Will the Public Support the War on ISIS?

Public support for military intervention is so fleeting because almost all American wars fought in the last fifty years have been unnecessary ones.

Posted September 25th, 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 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

The “Broad” Coalition That Doesn’t Exist

The U.S. is fighting a new, open-ended war for the sake of “partners” that are contributing little or nothing to the war.

Posted September 11th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS

The president doesn’t have the authority that he pretends to have.

Posted September 11th, 2014

The Ever-Expanding War Against ISIS

Any war with the maximalist goal of “destroying” an enemy will always be longer and more costly than we realize now.

Posted September 8th, 2014

Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

The vast majority of Americans still doesn’t want a more activist foreign policy.

Posted August 28th, 2014

Obama, Congress, and War Powers

It should go without saying that Congressional authorization is required for an ongoing war against ISIS.

Posted August 28th, 2014

Obama Still Isn’t a Realist (III)

Paul Saunders makes the case that Obama has never been a realist …

Posted August 25th, 2014

ISIS and the Administration’s Ridiculous Threat Inflation

The administration is once again demonstrating its flair for rhetorical overkill: Senior …

Posted August 21st, 2014

The U.S. Must Avoid Escalation in Iraq (II)

Surprising no one at all, the drumbeat for escalation in Iraq continues. …

Posted August 21st, 2014

Why We Don’t Avoid Mission Creep

Benjamin Friedman notes how quickly the new intervention in Iraq has expanded: …

Posted August 20th, 2014

There Is Still No Foreign Policy “Paradox”

Roger Cohen once again repeats a tiresome argument: Yet many seem to …

Posted August 19th, 2014