Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq war”

The Delusions of Iraq War Hawks

Many hawkish supporters of the Iraq war still won’t accept that the war was a massive blunder and terrible crime.

Posted November 14th, 2017

Were Wars Bloodier and Longer When We Had Conscription?

The U.S. starts and joins so many wars that it could avoid because of the political culture.

Posted October 27th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The awful legacy of the burn pits. Kelley Vlahos reports on Delay, …

Posted October 13th, 2017

The Myths of Interventionists

Frenetic meddling in the affairs of other nations hasn’t made and won’t make America any safer.

Posted October 11th, 2017

The U.S. Should Reject Preventive War

The U.S. should repudiate preventive warfare because it is both illegal and inherently unjust.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

Two Tedious Attacks on Realists

Attacks on academic realists are written to shore up the boundaries of what passes for acceptable “mainstream” foreign policy thought in Washington.

Posted September 20th, 2017

Yes, Iran Hawks Want Conflict with Iran

The idea that these people would oppose a war with Iran is fanciful.

Posted September 1st, 2017

The War in Afghanistan and Domestic Politics

Would ending the war lead to “political disaster” for the president?

Posted August 30th, 2017

Trump’s Awful Afghanistan Speech

The preoccupation with “winning” an unwinnable war just dooms the U.S. to fight there for decades to come.

Posted August 22nd, 2017

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