Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

Victory for The Discredited Status Quo in France

Macron’s agenda is mostly the continuation of the same policies that have generated enormous contempt for France’s political class

Posted April 24th, 2017

Syria and the So-Called ‘Jacksonians’

The “Jacksonian” label is not very useful.

Posted April 20th, 2017

The Perils of Reflexive Interventionism

It accustoms our leaders to treat the use of force often as a first option rather than as a last resort.

Posted April 19th, 2017

North Korea and Our Dangerous Cult of ‘Resolve’

Talk of attacking North Korea is insane, and no amount of bluster from this administration about its supposed resolve makes it any less so.

Posted April 17th, 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

The Delusions of Interventionists

Initiating and joining wars are considered the default, “normal” response in Washington, and refusing to start one is treated as the weird, monstrous aberration.

Posted April 11th, 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

Debating Intervention in Syria

Interventionists don’t have an answer to the basic questions of “why?” and “why us?” that would satisfy anyone that didn’t already agree with them.

Posted April 10th, 2017

Attacking Syria Sent a ‘Message’ to the World, But Not the One Trump Wanted

Launching an illegal attack on another government doesn’t communicate seriousness or strength.

Posted April 9th, 2017

Beware the ‘Good’ Intervention

An attack of “dubious legality” doesn’t uphold norms–it shreds them.

Posted April 8th, 2017

A ‘Not-Obama’ Foreign Policy That Keeps Obama’s Worst Policies

Trump wants to make Obama’s worst policies even worse.

Posted April 8th, 2017

The ‘Carterization’ of Trump

The fact that he is in danger of losing any of his core supporters this early in his presidency bodes ill for the rest of his term.

Posted April 8th, 2017

Trump’s Syria Attack and Our Abject Media

Many in the media are at their most credulous and indulgent when the president is at his most dangerous.

Posted April 8th, 2017

The Folly of Using Force to ‘Send a Message’

What hawks think signals “resolve” to Russia or China is often read by their leaders as recklessness, incompetence, or proof that Washington can’t be trusted.

Posted April 8th, 2017

Trump’s First Big Foreign Policy Failure

Trump ordered an illegal attack on a government that posed no threat to the U.S.

Posted April 7th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The fiction of U.S. isolationism. Andrew Bacevich correctly wants to banish the …

Posted April 7th, 2017

Trump’s Illegal Attack

Trump’s action provides another precedent that later presidents can use for their own illegal wars in the future.

Posted April 7th, 2017