Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Lebanon”

The Saudis Are a Regional Menace

It is long past time that the U.S. downgraded its noxious relationship with Riyadh.

Posted November 15th, 2017

Indulging Reckless Clients Is a Bipartisan Tradition

It is hard to think of examples where the U.S. has not given allies and clients a free pass for their destabilizing behavior.

Posted November 14th, 2017

The Ineptitude of Iran Hawks

Iran hawks in Riyadh blunder into helping their regional rival despite their worst intentions.

Posted November 13th, 2017

The Saudis’ Bungling in Lebanon

MBS’ bungling in Lebanon is just the latest reminder that the U.S. should be disentangling itself from the Saudis as quickly as possible.

Posted November 11th, 2017

Saudi Interference in Lebanon Is Backfiring

The danger in all this is that the Saudis are looking for a pretext to ignite a new conflict, and they are trying to destabilize Lebanon to that end.

Posted November 9th, 2017

Iran Isn’t Engaged in ‘Relentless Expansionism’

Iran’s “relentless expansionism” is not real, but it is very important to many Iran hawks that we believe that it is.

Posted December 15th, 2016

Civilian Deaths and Double Standards

There is something troubling about the tendency to focus only on the civilian deaths of some attacks while neglecting civilian deaths in other conflicts.

Posted November 17th, 2015

Rubio’s Costly, Confrontational Anti-Iranian Policy

Rubio makes no attempt to weigh the costs of this extremely confrontational policy.

Posted July 29th, 2015

Iran’s “Imperial Ambitions” Are Greatly Exaggerated

Iran’s regional reach is very limited.

Posted June 30th, 2015

Jeb Bush and W.’s Second-Term Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush isn’t even pretending to support foreign policy restraint.

Posted June 29th, 2015

Rubio’s Awful “Rollback” Plan for Iran

The costs of a “rollback” policy are always too high even for most of the advocates of “rollback.”

Posted March 24th, 2015

Cotton’s Confused Argument About Iranian Influence

Like all the Iran hawks before him, Cotton claims to fear growing Iranian influence while supporting policies that have facilitated its growth.

Posted March 16th, 2015

Rand Paul and Restraint

Jim Antle tries to find a silver lining in Rand Paul’s “pro-Israel” …

Posted July 7th, 2014

Reagan’s Withdrawal From Lebanon and Hard-liners’ Misreading of History

Micah Zenko reviews Reagan’s disastrous decision to intervene in Lebanon and his …

Posted February 10th, 2014

The Beirut Bombing, 30 Years Later

Christopher Dickey reflects on the anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the …

Posted October 23rd, 2013

The Terrible “Score Settling” Argument for Intervention in Syria

This line from Max Boot sums up how irrational the position of …

Posted June 11th, 2013

Syrian Opposition Leader Calls on the U.S. to Bomb Lebanon

The Syrian opposition’s demands are becoming less and less realistic: “What we …

Posted May 28th, 2013