Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Libya”

The Pluses and Minuses of Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy

Paul’s speech was an improvement over previous efforts, but he left too many questions unanswered.

Posted October 23rd, 2014

The Romney “Big Tent” on Foreign Policy That Never Existed

Romney’s failing wasn’t that he was too vague on foreign policy, but that he demonstrated how little he knew by making detailed criticisms that made no sense.

Posted October 22nd, 2014

Obama’s War Powers Precedents

Obama and his officials have embraced the idea that the president can wage war on his own authority.

Posted October 16th, 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

Hawkish Projection and War with Iran

The real problem isn’t that Iran doesn’t take American threats seriously, but that an attack on Iran would be illegal and unpardonably stupid.

Posted October 14th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What’s wrong with Hong Kong. Nicholas Bequelin reviews some of the city’s …

Posted October 3rd, 2014

Obama and the War on ISIS

Obama has yielded to the consensus in Washington as he has done so often before.

Posted October 2nd, 2014

Why Cameron Recalled Parliament and Obama Ignored Congress

Obama concluded that his mistake last year was not in trying to intervene but rather in bothering to ask for support.

Posted September 25th, 2014

The ISIS War and America’s Role in the World

It seems very unlikely that the current intervention can possibly succeed on its own terms.

Posted September 25th, 2014

How Long Will the Public Support the War on ISIS?

Public support for military intervention is so fleeting because almost all American wars fought in the last fifty years have been unnecessary ones.

Posted September 25th, 2014

The Harm That Interventionists Do

There is something disgustingly cavalier in warning about the “dangers of inaction” while demanding measures that directly contribute to the deaths of other people.

Posted September 24th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS

The president doesn’t have the authority that he pretends to have.

Posted September 11th, 2014

War Between Israel and Iran Isn’t Inevitable

Unless Israel wants to guarantee that Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it won’t attack Iran.

Posted September 9th, 2014

Why Webb Won’t Run

It would be good for the country if he ran against Clinton, but there are no incentives for him to do this.

Posted September 9th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The case for restraint. William Ruger reviews Barry Posen’s Restraint for the …

Posted August 29th, 2014

Obama, Congress, and War Powers

It should go without saying that Congressional authorization is required for an ongoing war against ISIS.

Posted August 28th, 2014

The Democratic Party’s Many Hawks

The party is not somehow to the “left” of where it was on foreign policy thirty years ago.

Posted August 28th, 2014