Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

The U.S. Needs to Stop Fighting in Syria

The U.S. should never have expanded the war on ISIS into Syria, and American forces have no business operating in Syria.

Posted September 21st, 2017

The Enormous Folly of Arming Ukraine

The effect would be to cause more instability and violence mostly at Ukraine’s expense.

Posted August 8th, 2017

Georgia Shouldn’t (and Won’t) Be a NATO Member

Reviving talk of Georgia’s future NATO membership today is irresponsible and dangerous.

Posted August 8th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is expanding the U.S. military presence in Syria legal? Sharmine Narwani explains …

Posted August 4th, 2017

Arming Ukraine Is Still Folly

Sending more weapons into Ukraine risks reigniting and escalating the conflict at the same time that it deepens U.S. involvement in it.

Posted August 1st, 2017

The Pitfalls of Sanctions

Our allies understandably resent having their companies punished for the behavior of another government and reasonably object to being dictated to by Washington.

Posted July 31st, 2017

Trump’s Second Foreign Trip

Even if Trump’s trip goes off without any major screw-ups, the president isn’t going to have much to show for his time in Europe.

Posted July 5th, 2017

U.S. Planes at Risk After Downing of Syrian Jet

The risks to U.S. and allied pilots have just increased substantially

Posted June 19th, 2017

Realism Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Reclaimed’

“Reclaiming” realism means dubbing hard-line policies as realist and throwing most actual realist arguments out the window.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

Trump’s Boastful Incompetence

This was information that was considered sensitive enough that it hadn’t been shared with other close allies, but that didn’t stop the president from blurting it out.

Posted May 15th, 2017

McCain and Graham’s Predictable Warmongering

McCain and Graham predictably want “greater military action” against the Syrian government because that is always their answer to everything.

Posted April 12th, 2017

Tillerson and the Continued Bungling of U.S.-Russian Relations

Our officials routinely fail to understand that they can’t make Moscow dramatically change its foreign policy just by hectoring them about it.

Posted April 11th, 2017

The Consequences of Last Night’s Attack

It is inevitable that Syria hawks will now be greatly encouraged to press for a larger intervention, and Trump has demonstrated that he will cave in to demands for “action” very quickly.

Posted April 7th, 2017

The Case Against Another Intervention in Syria

The U.S. would get nothing from picking another fight in the region except increased costs and new enemies.

Posted April 6th, 2017

Trump’s Confused Syria Views

Far from demonstrating any consistent interest in realpolitik, this shows how incoherent and changeable Trump’s views on most issues really are

Posted April 5th, 2017

Recurring Foreign Policy Errors and the Decision to Intervene in Russia

American intervention in Russia’s civil war is a classic example of how the U.S. can be lured into doing something unnecessary and dangerous on the basis of shoddy information.

Posted April 3rd, 2017

Ukraine and the Cult of ‘Resolve’

Rasmussen treats a difficult political and military problem as if it were simply a matter of having enough “resolve.”

Posted March 23rd, 2017