Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

Congress Shouldn’t Pass a New AUMF for the War on ISIS

Passing a new resolution would effectively pardon and reward two presidents for waging an illegal war.

Posted March 27th, 2017

The U.S. Doesn’t Benefit from the Revised Ban

Because the ban is security theater, it will achieve nothing in reality while imposing unnecessary burdens on would-be visitors and refugees.

Posted March 6th, 2017

A ‘Vital Measure’ That Is Worse Than Useless

The travel ban is an excessive and arbitrary measure designed to counter a non-existent threat.

Posted March 6th, 2017

Trump and Our State of Permanent War

Perversely, this is the one area where Trump most needs to be restrained and checked by his opponents in Congress, and it is the one where he has so far encountered the least resistance.

Posted March 3rd, 2017

The Revised Travel Ban Is Still Absurd and Unnecessary

The ban on nationals from these countries was and is unnecessary and driven by the most mindless threat inflation.

Posted March 2nd, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

The administration is reliably belligerent, but otherwise it is unreliable.

Posted February 20th, 2017

An Unnecessary and Harmful Ban

Innocent people are being penalized for happening to be from countries wracked by war.

Posted February 1st, 2017

Reviewing Obama’s Flawed Foreign Policy Record

Obama made a number of egregious, unforced errors that mar his record.

Posted January 26th, 2017

Trump’s Plunder Doctrine Revisited

It would be both illegal and profoundly wrong to try “taking” Iraq’s oil.

Posted January 23rd, 2017

Bush and Ross’ Reckless Iran Recommendations

Bush and Ross would commit the U.S. to more aggressive policies in the region that serve no American interests.

Posted January 19th, 2017

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Back Kurdish Independence

Backing a Kurdish state would be one more unnecessary headache for the U.S. that serves no discernible American interest.

Posted January 19th, 2017

Obama’s Unnecessary Wars and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventionism

Obama has probably done more to discredit “humanitarian” interventionism with his policies than any other recent president.

Posted January 17th, 2017

Obama’s Legacy: War Without End

Obama’s legacy is continuing U.S. involvement in wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

Posted January 16th, 2017

The Cult of U.S. ‘Leadership’

After more than a decade of one costly failure after another, how can anyone still imagine that relying on U.S. “leadership” is the right answer for them or for us?

Posted January 5th, 2017

Obama Hasn’t Presided Over ‘Retrenchment’

The U.S. is involved in more wars in more countries today than it was when Obama became president.

Posted January 5th, 2017

Iran Isn’t Engaged in ‘Relentless Expansionism’

Iran’s “relentless expansionism” is not real, but it is very important to many Iran hawks that we believe that it is.

Posted December 15th, 2016

2016 Wasn’t a Foreign Policy Election, But It Will Have Foreign Policy Consequences

We have completed a long campaign season with the least coverage of the candidates’ foreign policy views that I can recall for decades.

Posted November 7th, 2016