Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The Trump Administration’s Bogus War Powers Claim

The president has no authority to order an attack against a government that has not attacked the U.S. or U.S. forces.

Posted June 4th, 2018

Unreasonable Demands from an Undiplomatic Administration

No government could agree to the terms Pompeo laid out for Iran without effectively surrendering their sovereignty and independence.

Posted May 25th, 2018

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Continues

It bears repeating that Congress has never authorized any U.S. forces to be in Syria for any reason.

Posted April 30th, 2018

Don’t Fall for Netanyahu’s Propaganda

Netanyahu has every incentive to lie about the nuclear deal right now to make sure that Trump reneges on it.

Posted April 30th, 2018

Our Useless Clients and Trump’s Misguided Plan for Syria

It would be a terrible mistake to invite these governments to occupy Syrian territory in any case.

Posted April 28th, 2018

Trump’s ‘Strong and Lasting Footprint’ in Syria Means Indefinite Occupation

If the U.S. leaves a “strong and lasting footprint” in Syria, that implies that there will be some U.S. forces there indefinitely.

Posted April 24th, 2018

Trump Should End the Illegal U.S. Military Presence in Syria

It would be a stupid waste of resources, money, and manpower to illegally occupy northeastern Syria in perpetuity.

Posted April 20th, 2018

Friedman’s Fear-mongering About Iran

Friedman is echoing Saudi propaganda used to justify their atrocious war on Yemen.

Posted April 18th, 2018

Trump’s Misguided Plan for ‘Stabilizing’ Syria

The U.S. should remove its forces from Syria as quickly as possible, but it is fanciful to think that regional clients are going to put up the soldiers and funding to replace them.

Posted April 16th, 2018

No, Trump Is Not a ‘Realist’

Realist is probably the most overused and misused label in foreign policy discourse today.

Posted April 16th, 2018

Syria Is Not Ours to ‘Turn Over’ to Anyone

Syria was never ours to “turn over” to anyone else, and it never will be.

Posted April 16th, 2018

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Returns

The danger is that the president listens to some version of these garbage arguments and concludes that he needs to “do more” by launching larger attacks.

Posted April 16th, 2018

Don’t Fall for the Chemical Weapons Convention Justification

The U.S. and its allies claim international law for Friday’s Syria attack.

Posted April 14th, 2018

Trump Tramples on the Constitution, Again

There is no outcome that justifies the risks and law-breaking that this Syria attack involves.

Posted April 13th, 2018

The Legal ‘Arguments’ for Attacking Syria Are Preposterous

If you think that the president’s authority is limited by the Constitution, you have to oppose an attack on the Syrian government as the illegal overreach that it is.

Posted April 13th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump can only make the Syrian disaster worse. Doug Bandow warns that …

Posted April 13th, 2018

Trump’s Dangerous ‘Do Somethingism’

Trump has no problem with ordering dangerous and unnecessary uses of force so long as he thinks they may him look “tough” in the eyes of the world.

Posted April 13th, 2018