Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

The SOTU and Obama’s Unnecessary Wars

Obama has made it a habit in the last few years to order or threaten military action that isn’t necessary for U.S. or allied security.

Posted January 20th, 2015

Foreign Policy and the SOTU

Foreign policy will likely take up a very small part of tonight’s speech.

Posted January 20th, 2015

The Hawkish Marriage of Ignorance and Excessive Ambition

Republican hawks have little or no understanding of these issues, but that doesn’t stop them from advocating for a far more aggressive, ambitious foreign policy.

Posted January 20th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Leo Strauss: hawk or dove? Samuel Goldman reviews Robert Howse’s Leo Strauss: …

Posted January 9th, 2015

Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

Support for escalation continues to be a minority position.

Posted January 9th, 2015

Rubio Truly Hates Diplomacy

The U.S. should seek to maintain normal relations with as many states as possible.

Posted December 18th, 2014

A Very Belated Congressional Debate on the ISIS War

In the end, a debate on the war that has no chance of stopping the war will be an empty ritual.

Posted December 15th, 2014

Why the U.S. Should Extricate Itself from Syria

The U.S. should not have entangled itself in the Syrian conflict to begin with.

Posted December 15th, 2014

“Abandoning” Rebels That the U.S. Should Never Have Supported

The U.S. has plunged into a conflict in Syria before it considered any of the consequences of intervention.

Posted December 15th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

In search of libertarian realism. Reason hosts a symposium on libertarianism and …

Posted December 12th, 2014

The Authorization for the ISIS War

The war against ISIS from the start has been open-ended, ill-defined, and likely to continue expanding.

Posted December 11th, 2014

U.S.-Backed Rebels in Syria Can’t Win, But We Already Knew That

The idea that the U.S. could build up an effective Syrian opposition capable of defeating the regime on its own was always absurd.

Posted December 11th, 2014

Declaring War on ISIS

If there is to be a vote on the war against ISIS, Congress should vote no.

Posted December 1st, 2014

So Much For Hagel

Removing Hagel sets up another confirmation battle in the new year with a hostile Republican Senate majority.

Posted November 24th, 2014

The Terrible Idea of an Alliance with Iraq

A formal alliance with Iraq would add nothing to U.S. security, but would ensure that the U.S. will be entangled in Iraqi affairs for decades to come.

Posted November 20th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS and Congress’ Abdication

Congress has been allowed and even encouraged in its abdication by an administration that pretends that it doesn’t need a new AUMF.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Are Americans “Squeamish” About War?

Most Americans are usually only too ready to support military action when the president claims it to be necessary.

Posted November 18th, 2014