Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The Fantasies of Iran Hawks

Iran hawks have tried to spin Obama’s regional policies as “appeasement of Iran” for years, but this was never true.

Posted May 26th, 2017

Report: U.S. Bombs Pro-Regime Forces in Syria

This incident shows how easily the U.S. can be pulled into a new conflict because of its support for opposition groups inside Syria.

Posted May 18th, 2017

Trump’s Illegal Attack Revisited

The president and his advisers don’t think these questions are worth answering.

Posted May 11th, 2017

Trump’s First Foreign Trip

Trump’s visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel will be seen as a stamp of approval of two clients’ destructive policies that U.S. support helps make possible.

Posted May 8th, 2017

Trump and the Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship

Saudi policies in the region have nothing to do with “fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity and stability to the Middle East.”

Posted May 5th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

How Saudi Arabia tricked American veterans. Kelly Vlahos reports on Saudi lobbying …

Posted April 28th, 2017

The Alarming Indifference to Trump’s Illegal Attack

Trump’s attack was notable for clearly having no justification in domestic or international law.

Posted April 27th, 2017

There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine’

Trump’s foreign policy is almost entirely a series of reactions (and overreactions) to whichever events happen to catch the president’s attention.

Posted April 26th, 2017

Grading the Trump Administration

Compared to any other modern administration, this one has to be considered the least competent and worst-run at this point in a presidential term.

Posted April 26th, 2017

Chris Murphy and the Democrats’ Foreign Policy Predicament

Murphy hasn’t been silent on foreign policy, and in some cases has been the loudest opponent of U.S. policy.

Posted April 25th, 2017

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