Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “ISIS”

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

The Sickening Manchester Attack

The Manchester bombing is the worst terrorist attack in the U.K. since 2005.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

Report: U.S. Bombs Pro-Regime Forces in Syria

This incident shows how easily the U.S. can be pulled into a new conflict because of its support for opposition groups inside Syria.

Posted May 18th, 2017

Trump’s Boastful Incompetence

This was information that was considered sensitive enough that it hadn’t been shared with other close allies, but that didn’t stop the president from blurting it out.

Posted May 15th, 2017

There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine’

Trump’s foreign policy is almost entirely a series of reactions (and overreactions) to whichever events happen to catch the president’s attention.

Posted April 26th, 2017

McCain and Graham’s Predictable Warmongering

McCain and Graham predictably want “greater military action” against the Syrian government because that is always their answer to everything.

Posted April 12th, 2017