Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq war”

Our Inept Iran Hawks

Hawks are notoriously bad at estimating the likely effects of their preferred policies.

Posted July 17th, 2017

Realism Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Reclaimed’

“Reclaiming” realism means dubbing hard-line policies as realist and throwing most actual realist arguments out the window.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

The Flawed Case for America’s Global Vigilantism

The “policing” Rasmussen wants resembles heavy-handed, destructive vigilantism.

Posted April 17th, 2017

Debating Intervention in Syria

Interventionists don’t have an answer to the basic questions of “why?” and “why us?” that would satisfy anyone that didn’t already agree with them.

Posted April 10th, 2017

The Fear of Being ‘Just Another Nation’

Those that obsess most over “national greatness” and “American exceptionalism” talk about being “just another nation” as if it were a terrible fate to be avoided at all costs.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

The Revenge of the ‘Blob’

If this is the best that the foreign policy establishment can offer, they are in bigger trouble than I thought.

Posted February 22nd, 2017

Report: Elliott Abrams Will Be Deputy Secretary of State

Bolton won’t be getting the job after all, but in his place will be someone with an equally awful foreign policy record and similarly warped judgment.

Posted February 4th, 2017

McMullin’s Dreadfully Conventional Hawkishness

McMullin is an anti-Trump candidate whose main appeal is to Republicans that remain deeply committed to a very aggressive foreign policy.

Posted October 24th, 2016

The Imaginary Iranian ‘Empire’

Referring to Iran as an “imperial” power is a ridiculous exaggeration.

Posted October 18th, 2016

Rules for Military Intervention

If we take the last resort standard seriously, it means that preventive war can never be an option because it is inherently too hasty and unjust. .

Posted September 20th, 2016

Trump’s Plunder Doctrine

Acquiring plunder is what he thinks U.S. foreign policy is for.

Posted September 12th, 2016

Clinton Has Learned Nothing from the Iraq War

It’s not possible for a war of choice to be fought as a last resort, and Clinton’s record is filled with support for wars of choice.

Posted September 9th, 2016

The Perils and Limits of ‘No-Fly Zones’

The creation of “no-fly zones” in the past has always been followed by an expansion of the mission.

Posted September 6th, 2016

The ‘Council of Historical Advisers’ Is a Terrible Idea

Few things are less productive or potentially more misleading than to have historians go on an analogy hunt to influence a contemporary policy decision.

Posted September 1st, 2016

Yes, Clinton Is a Hawk, and It’s Silly to Deny It

Clinton is a liberal hawk and has favored every military intervention the U.S. has undertaken for the last twenty years (and some that it hasn’t yet done).

Posted August 17th, 2016

The U.S. Hasn’t ‘Pulled Back’ from the Middle East At All

The U.S. has not been “inactive” in any of the region’s conflicts.

Posted August 8th, 2016

What Republican Foreign Policy Reform Requires

Admitting that the Iraq war was a grievous, horrible error is necessary but not sufficient to reform Republican foreign policy.

Posted July 19th, 2016