Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

Our Ridiculous Foreign Policy Debates

We don’t debate the administration’s actual record, but instead allow both sides to fight over an invented one while overlooking the real costs and consequences of U.S. actions.

Posted June 30th, 2016

Has Obama Done ‘Too Little’ Abroad?

The assessment that Obama has done “too little” abroad is at odds with Obama’s record of frequent activism.

Posted June 29th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Clinton’s hawk-in-waiting. Philip Giraldi reviews the record of Victoria Nuland, a likely …

Posted May 20th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Inside Saudi Arabia’s push to silence criticism of its brutal war on …

Posted April 29th, 2016

The Five Stages of Interventionism

To say that there was even a stunted debate about the war on ISIS would be generous.

Posted April 18th, 2016

Why I Won’t Miss Obama

Obama has tossed aside the last few restrictions that theoretically limited presidential war-making.

Posted March 14th, 2016

The Eleventh Republican Debate

Most of the debate was a clownish, embarrassing affair.

Posted March 4th, 2016

The War on Yemen Has Nothing to Do With Self-Defense

The Saudi-led intervention is an aggressive and unjustifiable one.

Posted February 16th, 2016

Sanders and Foreign Policy

Sanders seems leery of talking about foreign policy unless he absolutely has to.

Posted January 29th, 2016

The War on ISIS Expands to Libya

The Obama administration was wrong to expand the intervention into Syria, and it would be even more reckless to add yet another country as part of its illegal war.

Posted January 26th, 2016

Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

The war on Yemen that the U.S. has supported over the last nine months has to be the largest black mark on Obama’s record.

Posted December 28th, 2015

The GOP’s Foreign Policy Fantasy Problem

There are many Obama policy failures to criticize, but hawkish critics have opted for the least credible and most preposterous lines of attack based on a fantasy record.

Posted December 17th, 2015

The Farcical Debate Over an Authorization for the War on ISIS

No matter what Congress does on a new authorization, the war is going to continue.

Posted December 10th, 2015

Rubio and the Coalition Against ISIS

Rubio would find that our allies and clients are even less willing to risk taking casualties in a ground war, and his “multinational coalition” would also be one in name only.

Posted December 7th, 2015

Cruz’s Atrocious Ideas for the War on ISIS

Cruz’s plan is the sort of “tough”-sounding proposal that would be atrocious and stupid if put into practice.

Posted December 7th, 2015

Britain’s Sham Debate on Bombing Syria

Britain joins the bombing campaign in Syria with relatively low public support.

Posted December 3rd, 2015

The “Broad Coalition” and the War on ISIS

The U.S. is assuming responsibility for regional security problems while most of the governments in that part of the world do little or nothing.

Posted November 30th, 2015