Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

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

The Folly of ‘Safe Zones’

Safe zones in Syria aren’t going to be successful on their own terms without courting unacceptably high risks of an expanded war.

Posted October 31st, 2016

Americans Have No Desire for More Interventionism

The public understandably doesn’t share the enthusiasm of foreign policy elites for U.S. “leadership” defined by endless war.

Posted October 27th, 2016

McMullin’s Dreadfully Conventional Hawkishness

McMullin is an anti-Trump candidate whose main appeal is to Republicans that remain deeply committed to a very aggressive foreign policy.

Posted October 24th, 2016

The Fantasies of Iran Hawks

The idea that Obama has pursued “indefatigable sponsorship of Iran” is a lazy smear that is utterly divorced from reality.

Posted October 24th, 2016

Our Warped Understanding of ‘Leadership’ in Foreign Policy

Increased U.S. meddling in the Middle East is presented to the public as if it were a necessary and unavoidable course of action when it is neither.

Posted October 24th, 2016

Clinton’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

Clinton will be coming into office with a more aggressive foreign policy agenda that has never been seriously debated.

Posted October 20th, 2016

The Third Presidential Debate

Trump missed his last major chance to make the election more competitive.

Posted October 20th, 2016

The Third Presidential Debate’s Neglect of Foreign Policy

The U.S. is perpetually at war, and some of those wars aren’t even up for debate during the process of choosing the next president.

Posted October 20th, 2016

Foreign Policy and the Third Presidential Debate

The candidates have had to answer remarkably few questions about how and why they would continue America’s entanglements in foreign conflicts.

Posted October 19th, 2016

The World Doesn’t Need More U.S. Interventionism

The “successful” U.S. interventions in the past are severely outnumbered by the failures and disasters.

Posted October 18th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Saudi Arabia’s senseless pursuit of war in Yemen. The Financial Times calls …

Posted October 14th, 2016