Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The Hunt for Warren’s Missing Foreign Policy

The fixation on Warren as the hoped-for progressive challenger to Clinton underscores how few prominent elected doves there are in the Democratic Party today.

Posted October 24th, 2014

Paul’s Foreign Policy Speech

The main difficulty for Paul tonight will be to square his larger argument for foreign policy restraint with his support for the current war against ISIS.

Posted October 23rd, 2014

Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

A large majority of Americans doesn’t think the war has a clear goal.

Posted October 23rd, 2014

Gelb’s “Only Way” to Defeat ISIS Is a Terrible Idea

Allying with Assad and Iran against the Islamic State would be both abhorrent and unworkable.

Posted October 20th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The secret casualties of Iraq’s chemical weapons. C.J. Chivers reports on the …

Posted October 17th, 2014

The Perils of “Indispensable Nation” Rhetoric

The U.S. has little at stake in the fight against ISIS, but Obama can’t admit that without rejecting the “indispensable nation” conceit.

Posted October 16th, 2014

Obama’s War Powers Precedents

Obama and his officials have embraced the idea that the president can wage war on his own authority.

Posted October 16th, 2014

Arming Rebels Doesn’t Work

Obama’s decision and Congress’ recent vote to provide arms and training to the “moderate” opposition now look even worse than they already did.

Posted October 15th, 2014

The Hunt for the Elusive “Moderates”

The U.S. shouldn’t be trying to find suitable proxies in foreign civil wars in the first place.

Posted October 15th, 2014

Hawkish Projection and War with Iran

The real problem isn’t that Iran doesn’t take American threats seriously, but that an attack on Iran would be illegal and unpardonably stupid.

Posted October 14th, 2014

The “Broad Coalition” on ISIS That Still Doesn’t Exist

The “breadth” of this very shallow coalition isn’t very meaningful.

Posted October 14th, 2014

Stop the War Before It Gets Worse

The rebels’ position is entirely understandable, but it is also another argument for bringing the intervention to an end.

Posted October 13th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS (II)

The military intervention in Iraq and Syria is illegal under U.S. law.

Posted October 13th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Iraqi army that never was. Kelley Vlahos details how the U.S.-trained …

Posted October 10th, 2014

Why “Limited” Wars Fail

Fighting wars with insufficient means is a tacit admission that almost no one genuinely believes that these wars are necessary for U.S. security.

Posted October 10th, 2014

Turkey’s Conditions for Joining the ISIS War Are Unacceptable

Turkey is trying to use the war against ISIS to keep pursuing the misguided goal of regime change in Syria.

Posted October 9th, 2014

Panetta and the Zombie “Credibility” Argument

“Credibility” is a useless concept when it comes to debating and making foreign policy decisions.

Posted October 8th, 2014