Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

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

Paul Ryan’s Failure Is Now Complete

Ryan has betrayed the institution he is supposed to lead and he has violated the oath of office that he swore when he took office.

Posted April 12th, 2018

North Korea and the Illegal Attack on Syria

Attacking the Syrian government might very well “send a message” of sorts to North Korea, but even if it did the effect would be to encourage Kim to accelerate the development of their nuclear weapons program.

Posted April 12th, 2018

Britain Debates the Illegal Attack on Syria

There is no popular appetite in Britain for attacking Syria’s government.

Posted April 12th, 2018

The Risks of Escalation from an Illegal Attack on Syria

Punishing Assad is not worth the possibility of provoking war with Russia or Iran, much less both at the same time.

Posted April 11th, 2018

Trump Stupidly Taunts Russia

Russia will take Trump’s taunt as a challenge to stand by its client in spite of the attack, and the attack itself risks killing Russian personnel that would create a new crisis with a nuclear-armed state.

Posted April 11th, 2018