Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

Obama’s Unnecessary Wars and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventionism

Obama has probably done more to discredit “humanitarian” interventionism with his policies than any other recent president.

Posted January 17th, 2017

Obama’s Legacy: War Without End

Obama’s legacy is continuing U.S. involvement in wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

Posted January 16th, 2017

Syria and the Judgments of ‘History’

Future historians may be challenged to explain to their contemporaries why so many people were fixated on getting the U.S. mired in a foreign civil war.

Posted January 10th, 2017

Obama’s Rhetorical Excess and U.S. Foreign Policy

One recurring theme in Obama’s foreign policy decisions is that he leaves a huge gap between his speeches and the policies he is actually prepared to carry out.

Posted January 10th, 2017

The Cult of U.S. ‘Leadership’

After more than a decade of one costly failure after another, how can anyone still imagine that relying on U.S. “leadership” is the right answer for them or for us?

Posted January 5th, 2017

Obama Hasn’t Presided Over ‘Retrenchment’

The U.S. is involved in more wars in more countries today than it was when Obama became president.

Posted January 5th, 2017

Obama’s Foreign Policy Has Been Anything But ‘Inactive’

It is a measure of how thoroughly our foreign policy debates are warped by a “do something” mentality that such an activist president could ever be accused of inaction abroad.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Spare Us the Folly of Another ‘Freedom Agenda’

Non-interference in the affairs of other nations is incompatible with efforts to try to “shape” the internal politics of other countries

Posted December 20th, 2016

The Interventionists’ Double Standards

If we held our government accountable for its destructive policies instead of berating them for “inaction,” we would end up with a wiser, juster foreign policy.

Posted December 19th, 2016

Iran Isn’t Engaged in ‘Relentless Expansionism’

Iran’s “relentless expansionism” is not real, but it is very important to many Iran hawks that we believe that it is.

Posted December 15th, 2016

The ‘Failure’ to Bomb Syria and the Myth of ‘Credibility’

Deciding not to bomb Syria did not lead other states to “seek new gains at America’s expense.”

Posted December 9th, 2016

The Syria Hawk’s Lament

The U.S. took sides in a conflict in which it had little or nothing at stake, but the failure of that policy is not evidence of “retreat.”

Posted December 2nd, 2016

The Hunt for Trump’s Secretary of State Continues

Escalation in Syria is the last thing the U.S. needs to be doing, and it becomes more likely if Petraeus is part of the administration.

Posted November 29th, 2016

Implications of the 2016 Election

The result is a stinging rebuke to Obama.

Posted November 9th, 2016

The ‘Credibility’ Myth That Never Dies

The “credibility” myth is one of the more pernicious and pervasive ideas in our foreign policy debates.

Posted November 8th, 2016

2016 Wasn’t a Foreign Policy Election, But It Will Have Foreign Policy Consequences

We have completed a long campaign season with the least coverage of the candidates’ foreign policy views that I can recall for decades.

Posted November 7th, 2016

The Last Gasp of Bush-Era Republicanism

McMullin’s campaign isn’t going to lead to a “new conservative movement.”

Posted November 3rd, 2016