Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “ISIS”

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

The War on Yemen and Trump Administration Cant

The administration is not just indifferent to the killing of innocent civilians in Yemen, but like its predecessor actively enables it.

Posted April 10th, 2017

A ‘Not-Obama’ Foreign Policy That Keeps Obama’s Worst Policies

Trump wants to make Obama’s worst policies even worse.

Posted April 8th, 2017

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

Unnecessary Wars and Unreliable ‘Allies’

The U.S. needs to be more discriminating in the fights it chooses to join and the “allies” it accepts in the process.

Posted March 20th, 2017

Escalating the War on ISIS Without Debate or Authorization

U.S. military involvement in Syria continues to increase without debate or authorization from Congress.

Posted March 8th, 2017

Trump’s Address to Congress

Trump entered office as a wartime president, but he had very little to say about this and said even less about why the U.S. is involved in wars in multiple countries around the globe.

Posted March 1st, 2017

McMaster and Permanent War

There is no evidence that Trump wants to put an end to any of our current wars.

Posted February 22nd, 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 Rhetorical Excess and U.S. Foreign Policy

One recurring theme in Obama’s foreign policy decisions is that he leaves a huge gap between his speeches and the policies he is actually prepared to carry out.

Posted January 10th, 2017

Where Is the Opposition to Our Illegal and Unnecessary Wars?

Obama’s legacy: normalizing perpetual war while pretending to end wars.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Mattis and Iran

The main concern is Mattis’ claim that Iran and ISIS are not enemies when they plainly are.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Obama’s Foreign Policy Has Been Anything But ‘Inactive’

It is a measure of how thoroughly our foreign policy debates are warped by a “do something” mentality that such an activist president could ever be accused of inaction abroad.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Mattis, Trump, and Iran

Picking Mattis would continue the pattern of filling top national security posts with people fixated on and hostile to Iran.

Posted November 22nd, 2016

Foreign Policy and the Third Presidential Debate

The candidates have had to answer remarkably few questions about how and why they would continue America’s entanglements in foreign conflicts.

Posted October 19th, 2016

A Costly Mistake in Syria

The strike that killed Syrian soldiers shows the dangers inherent in running a bombing campaign in Syria in the midst of a multi-sided civil war.

Posted September 19th, 2016