Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Rand Paul”

The First Republican Debates

The field is filled with knee-jerk hawks that don’t have a very firm grasp on the issues.

Posted August 7th, 2015

Previewing the First Republican Debates

The debates are sure to be very dispiriting for anyone interested in foreign policy restraint.

Posted August 6th, 2015

Paul Endorses Military Action Against Iran

Paul is endorsing preventive–and therefore unnecessary–war as an acceptable and appropriate policy.

Posted July 22nd, 2015

Paul’s Shoddy Arguments Against the Nuclear Deal

Paul continues his self-defeating pattern of increasingly hawkish posturing.

Posted July 14th, 2015

Jindal’s Mindless “Moral Clarity”

The weakness of Jindal’s position is reflected in his robotic recitation of ideological slogans.

Posted May 27th, 2015

Graham’s Odd 2016 Campaign

Graham is running to promote hard-line foreign policy views that are already overrepresented in the current field.

Posted May 21st, 2015

No, Cameron Isn’t an “Isolationist” or “Little Englander”

A timely reminder that isolationist is a completely meaningless word in contemporary debates.

Posted May 9th, 2015

Paul’s Announcement Speech

Paul’s foreign policy rhetoric was combative enough to be off-putting to antiwar conservatives and libertarians.

Posted April 7th, 2015

The Hawkish Campaign Against Paul Begins

The focused attacks on Paul show there was no point in trying to placate hard-liners.

Posted April 7th, 2015

Rand Paul’s Burned Bridges

Paul has burned bridges with many of the antiwar libertarians and conservatives that were once most likely to be on his side.

Posted March 23rd, 2015

Paul’s Unpersuasive Excuse for Signing the Iran Letter

It isn’t good enough to support diplomacy in theory while being maneuvered into doing things aimed at wrecking it in practice.

Posted March 20th, 2015

Paul’s Odd Support for Kurdish Independence

Paul doesn’t seem to have thought through any of the implications of what Kurdish independence would mean for the countries affected by it.

Posted March 11th, 2015

The Senate GOP’s Obnoxious Iran Letter

Whether the sabotage “works” or not, the attempt itself is obnoxious.

Posted March 9th, 2015

Paul and the Right’s Ideological Enforcers

Ludicrous ideological policing seems to work only too well.

Posted March 5th, 2015

Paul’s Ill-Conceived Outreach to Hard-liners

Rand Paul’s attempts to placate hard-liners in his party are useless.

Posted February 24th, 2015

Why the Hard-liner Protest Candidacies Will Backfire

Paul is most likely to benefit from having more hard-liners in the race.

Posted February 10th, 2015

Is Peace Bad for Foreign Policy Restraint?

The fact that the U.S. is very secure ought to work to the advantage of candidates that favor restraint and peace.

Posted February 4th, 2015