Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Bashar al-Assad”

Tillerson’s Unrealism

Tillerson’s job at this point seems to be reciting administration talking points that have no relationship to the real world.

Posted December 12th, 2017

The Diplomats for Unnecessary War

It is rarely a good sign when diplomats are the ones pushing for military action.

Posted June 17th, 2016

U.S. Proxies in Syria Are Attacking Each Other

The U.S. should start disentangling itself from this mess as quickly as it can.

Posted February 20th, 2016

Why the Anti-Trump Candidates Fail

They wrongly assume that they have the luxury of knocking off their non-Trump rivals first.

Posted January 25th, 2016

Clinton’s Reckless and Flawed Syria Policy

Clinton’s plan suffers from many of the same flaws as Bush’s.

Posted November 23rd, 2015

Bush’s Syria Policy Is Still Foolish and Costly

If being the “world’s leader” amounts to much the same thing as being the “world’s policeman” in practice, it makes no difference if a hawkish politician rejects one name in favor of another.

Posted November 23rd, 2015

Jeb Bush Shouldn’t Talk About Quagmires (or Foreign Policy)

Bush wants to get us much deeper into the Syrian conflict now and keep us there for a very long time.

Posted November 17th, 2015

The Hawkish Syria Panic Continues

There is virtually no conflict that hawks don’t want the U.S. to join, and once joined there is no conflict that they don’t want to escalate.

Posted October 5th, 2015

Syria and the Bizarre Need to Take Sides

Instead of taking the lack of obvious allies as a warning to stay out entirely, the U.S. keeps trying to find a way to take sides.

Posted October 2nd, 2015

Bush’s Horrible Foreign Policy Speech

The early excerpts from Bush’s speech didn’t fully convey how horrible his foreign policy vision for the region is.

Posted August 11th, 2015

Obama’s Ongoing Folly in Syria

Obama’s latest decision illustrates the danger of yielding to hawkish demands to “arm the rebels” in the first place.

Posted August 3rd, 2015

Ignatius’ Bad Advice on Iran

If there is a government in the region that needs to be presented with a “sharp choice” regarding its destabilizing foreign policy, it is the one based in Riyadh.

Posted July 16th, 2015

The U.S. Discovers That There Is No “Moderate” Syrian Opposition

The last thing that the administration should do is listen to the advice of hawks that have been seeking deeper U.S. involvement in Syria for years.

Posted July 8th, 2015

Stop the War Before It Gets Worse

The rebels’ position is entirely understandable, but it is also another argument for bringing the intervention to an end.

Posted October 13th, 2014

Turkey’s Conditions for Joining the ISIS War Are Unacceptable

Turkey is trying to use the war against ISIS to keep pursuing the misguided goal of regime change in Syria.

Posted October 9th, 2014

Panetta and the Zombie “Credibility” Argument

“Credibility” is a useless concept when it comes to debating and making foreign policy decisions.

Posted October 8th, 2014

The Folly of Fighting Both Sides in Syria (III)

McCain and Graham want another war for regime change.

Posted October 8th, 2014