Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq war”

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

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Military-industrial election. Kelley Vlahos reports on the campaign spending of military contractors. …

Posted July 8th, 2016

Of Course the Iraq War Was Sold Dishonestly

One doesn’t have to fabricate something out of thin air to lie about what the evidence shows.

Posted July 7th, 2016

Blair’s Overdue Repudiation

Blair’s reputation is completely ruined.

Posted July 6th, 2016

Remembering Some Obvious Truths About the Iraq War

The Iraq war happened to be illegal, but more important it was profoundly unjust and unnecessary.

Posted July 6th, 2016

Pro-War Dead-enders and Our Unending Wars

Pro-war dead-enders don’t think the war they supported every really went “awry” except when it was ended “too soon.”

Posted April 7th, 2016

The Problem with NATO

NATO has spent the better part of the last two decades abandoning its original mission as a defensive alliance.

Posted April 5th, 2016

Condi Rice 2016: The Most Ridiculous Trial Balloon Ever

It’s as if her supporters went looking for a candidate unacceptable to almost every constituency in America.

Posted March 11th, 2016