Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

Is the Idea of Scottish Independence Baffling?

Nothing could be easier to understand than for people to try getting more control over how (and by whom) they are governed.

Posted September 15th, 2014

The American Conservative: Realism and Reform

Promoting the cause of restraint and peace.

Posted September 12th, 2014

Obama’s Foreseeable Escalation

Escalation was almost certain to happen, so why weren’t more people skeptical about the “limited” intervention in Iraq?

Posted September 11th, 2014

The “Broad” Coalition That Doesn’t Exist

The U.S. is fighting a new, open-ended war for the sake of “partners” that are contributing little or nothing to the war.

Posted September 11th, 2014

The Ever-Expanding War Against ISIS

Any war with the maximalist goal of “destroying” an enemy will always be longer and more costly than we realize now.

Posted September 8th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A way out for Ukraine and Russia. Anatol Lieven outlines how the …

Posted September 5th, 2014

Allying with Assad Still Doesn’t Make Sense

The U.S. would be ensnaring itself in an unnecessary conflict while saddling itself with a despicable partner.

Posted September 4th, 2014

ISIS, Preventive War, and “Pacifism”

A policy of “destroying” ISIS would commit the U.S. to war in Iraq and Syria for years to come.

Posted September 3rd, 2014

The U.S. Must Avoid Escalation in Iraq…and Syria

Now should be the time to recognize that the U.S. isn’t any good at trying to manipulate a foreign civil war.

Posted August 27th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A portrait of an imperialist. Geoffrey Wheatcroft reviews Lawrence James’ Churchill and …

Posted August 22nd, 2014

ISIS and the Administration’s Ridiculous Threat Inflation

The administration is once again demonstrating its flair for rhetorical overkill: Senior …

Posted August 21st, 2014

The U.S. Must Avoid Escalation in Iraq (II)

Surprising no one at all, the drumbeat for escalation in Iraq continues. …

Posted August 21st, 2014

Why We Don’t Avoid Mission Creep

Benjamin Friedman notes how quickly the new intervention in Iraq has expanded: …

Posted August 20th, 2014

Cameron and Iraq

Alex Massie is unhappy with Cameron on Iraq: You might think, even …

Posted August 20th, 2014

There Is Still No Foreign Policy “Paradox”

Roger Cohen once again repeats a tiresome argument: Yet many seem to …

Posted August 19th, 2014

Iraq and Mission Creep

Earlier this week, I spoke with Zack Beauchamp for bloggingheads on Clinton, …

Posted August 15th, 2014

The U.S. Must Avoid Escalation in Iraq

Max Boot predictably wants to expand the goals of intervention in Iraq. …

Posted August 14th, 2014