Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Micah Zenko”

Why Threat Inflation Flourishes

Politicians and officials are penalized for accuracy and rewarded for exaggeration and alarmism.

Posted November 24th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What the election means for the Republican brand. Dan McCarthy considers the …

Posted November 7th, 2014

The Myth of American “Indispensability”

The myth of indispensability serves as an all-purpose rationalization for foreign policy hyper-activism.

Posted November 6th, 2014

The Folly of Fighting Against Both Sides in Syria (II)

The administration appears to have committed the U.S. to go to war against the Syrian government if the regime attacks U.S. proxies.

Posted September 26th, 2014

The Unrealistic Goal of “Destroying” ISIS

The goal is unachievable, and pursuing that goal will cost the U.S. far more than anyone was ever willing to lose when the campaign began.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

To bomb or not to bomb. Micah Zenko objects to reducing foreign …

Posted June 20th, 2014

Military Action and the Illusion of Control

Micah Zenko faults the tendency in our foreign policy debates to ascribe …

Posted June 16th, 2014

Weekly Roundup

What the Budapest Memorandum does and doesn’t require. John Haines explains the …

Posted March 21st, 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

Enforcing International Norms By Breaking International Law Makes No Sense

Micah Zenko explains why waging illegal war to enforce an international norm …

Posted September 11th, 2013

The Danger of Intervention Creep in Syria

Once the U.S. initiates a “limited” attack, there will be increasing pressure for an escalation of American involvement.

Posted August 27th, 2013

Why It Matters That Syria Isn’t Bosnia

Micah Zenko revisits sloppy comparisons between Bosnia and Syria: It is true …

Posted July 11th, 2013

The Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition

Micah Zenko outlines the flaws in the decision to arm part of …

Posted June 26th, 2013

Syria and “Losing the Middle East”

Thomas Donnelly writes about the Syrian regime’s capture of the town of …

Posted June 9th, 2013

The Dangerous Obsession with “Leadership”

Micah Zenko attacks the pundit obsession with presidential “leadership” in foreign policy: …

Posted April 3rd, 2013

The Results of Threat Inflation

Greg Scoblete draws attention to a new Gallup survey of what the …

Posted February 18th, 2013

Syrian Intervention Is Both Thankless and Unnecessary

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

Posted December 11th, 2012