Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “ISIS”

Trump’s Absurd Defense of the Illegal War in Syria

If Trump is allowed to get away with perpetuating an illegal war without end, the last remnants of the constitutional limits on presidential warmaking will be destroyed.

Posted February 22nd, 2018

Congress Needs to Oppose Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

You may not care about what Trump is doing in Syria today, but you will care about what he or some other president chooses to do with this usurped authority elsewhere.

Posted January 24th, 2018

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

Our political culture’s abject deference to presidential power on matters of war makes it easy for presidents to get away with these things.

Posted January 22nd, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Congressional realists could “caucus in a phone booth.” Finlay Lewis profiles eight …

Posted November 17th, 2017

The U.S. Needs to Leave Iraq

The U.S. should take the opportunity it has now to disentangle itself from Iraq.

Posted October 31st, 2017

The U.S. Needs to Stop Fighting in Syria

The U.S. should never have expanded the war on ISIS into Syria, and American forces have no business operating in Syria.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Opposed to Endless War? You Might Be an ‘Isolationist’

Invoking “isolationism” in the context of a debate about war authorizations is even worse than the usual error of applying the label to people that reject it.

Posted September 13th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

America’s (dis)regard for our soldiers and veterans. Michael Desch comments on our …

Posted September 1st, 2017

Trump the Hawk

Trump’s hawkish positions weren’t a secret before the election, and he made no effort to conceal them.

Posted August 23rd, 2017

Syria and Our Illegal Acts of War

Shooting down a Syrian plane inside its own country under these circumstances is nothing less than an unprovoked act of war against another state.

Posted June 19th, 2017

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the Tehran Attacks

A condolence message is not the time to make a point or deliver an insult to a foreign government.

Posted June 8th, 2017

The Folly of Iran Hawks

Unlike most of our regional clients, Iran is actually fighting ISIS.

Posted June 7th, 2017

Condemning the Tehran Attacks

The White House finally released a statement, and it’s an embarrassment.

Posted June 7th, 2017

IRGC Blames the Tehran Attacks on the Saudis

The IRGC’s accusation puts Iran and Saudi Arabia on a perilous path.

Posted June 7th, 2017

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Tehran Attacks

The U.S. should condemn these attacks just as it would condemn terrorist attacks elsewhere.

Posted June 7th, 2017

Trump’s Qatar Blunder

Trump is so eager to claim that his visit was a success that he is trying to take credit for an avoidable and potentially dangerous regional crisis.

Posted June 6th, 2017

The ‘Titanic Shift’ in U.S. Foreign Policy That Wasn’t

The U.S. has long allowed itself to be played for a sucker by its regional clients, but Trump has proven to be the biggest mark of all.

Posted May 25th, 2017