Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Jabhat al-Nusra”

Carson’s Confrontational Foreign Policy

Like the other hawkish candidates, Carson has embraced mindless and unnecessary confrontation as the core of his foreign policy.

Posted November 2nd, 2015

The Utter Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition

The administration’s policy in Syria has effectively provided material support to jihadists.

Posted September 22nd, 2015

The Bad Hawkish Case for Intervention in Syria

Interventionists have a warped understanding of responsibility in foreign policy.

Posted September 2nd, 2015

Petraeus: Side with Al Qaeda Against ISIS

Once someone starts referring to members of an Al Qaeda affiliate as “moderates,” it’s safe to say that he has lost the plot.

Posted August 31st, 2015

Failed “Vetting” Is Just a Symptom of a Foolish Syria Policy

Even if the U.S. could successfully “vet” insurgents, it would never have the degree of control or knowledge that advocates of this policy predict.

Posted November 12th, 2014

The War Against ISIS Has Been a Disaster for the “Moderate” Rebels

The so-called “moderate” opposition would probably be better off today if the U.S. had not expanded its war against ISIS into Syria.

Posted November 3rd, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Captivity among the Syrian rebels. Theo Padnos recounts his experiences of torture …

Posted October 31st, 2014

The Hunt for the Elusive “Moderates”

The U.S. shouldn’t be trying to find suitable proxies in foreign civil wars in the first place.

Posted October 15th, 2014

“Moderate” Rebels Protest U.S. Strikes in Syria

Another reason to doubt the wisdom of the latest war.

Posted September 29th, 2014

The Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition Revisited

Ashley Frohwein has a terrible idea: Related to this, outside efforts to …

Posted January 14th, 2014

Another Terrible Idea for U.S. Meddling in Syria

Michael Totten offers a perfectly terrible proposal for greater U.S. meddling in …

Posted November 5th, 2013

The “Islamist Alliance” and the Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition

The Post reports on the creation of a new alliance of Syrian …

Posted September 26th, 2013

Dennis Ross’ Terrible Case for Syrian Intervention

Dennis Ross rehashes the unpersuasive case for intervention in Syria: It is …

Posted April 18th, 2013

The Obnoxious Revisionism of Iraq War Dead-enders

Nada Bakos joins in refuting that awful Jackson Diehl op-ed on Iraq …

Posted April 3rd, 2013

When All Else Fails, Use a Horribly Flawed WWII Analogy

Max Boot must be running out of ways to agitate for intervention …

Posted December 12th, 2012

Syrian Intervention Is Both Thankless and Unnecessary

The New York Times reports on the backlash against the listing of …

Posted December 11th, 2012