Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

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

The Fantasies of Iran Hawks

The idea that Obama has pursued “indefatigable sponsorship of Iran” is a lazy smear that is utterly divorced from reality.

Posted October 24th, 2016

Our Warped Understanding of ‘Leadership’ in Foreign Policy

Increased U.S. meddling in the Middle East is presented to the public as if it were a necessary and unavoidable course of action when it is neither.

Posted October 24th, 2016

The Third Presidential Debate’s Neglect of Foreign Policy

The U.S. is perpetually at war, and some of those wars aren’t even up for debate during the process of choosing the next president.

Posted October 20th, 2016

Attacking Syria Is Still a Terrible Idea

The U.S. has neither the authority nor the right to do what Kristof wants to do.

Posted August 18th, 2016

Kaine and the Illegal War on ISIS

Kaine has been one of the few members of Congress to challenge presidential authority to bomb ISIS targets

Posted August 8th, 2016

The U.S. Hasn’t ‘Pulled Back’ from the Middle East At All

The U.S. has not been “inactive” in any of the region’s conflicts.

Posted August 8th, 2016

The False Narrative of U.S. ‘Withdrawal from the World’

U.S. involvement around the world has stayed the same or increased in every case.

Posted August 4th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Fallujah in ruins. Kelley Vlahos reports on the aftermath of the expulsion …

Posted July 15th, 2016

The 2016 Candidates and Our Warped Foreign Policy Debate

If there is a domestic attack or a foreign conflict, the impulse is to respond to it by inflicting death and destruction on some other part of the world.

Posted July 7th, 2016

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