Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The Bad Hawkish Case for Intervention in Syria

Interventionists have a warped understanding of responsibility in foreign policy.

Posted September 2nd, 2015

Walker and the Refusal to Rule Anything Out

Walker doesn’t know how to cope with the scrutiny that goes with running for president.

Posted September 2nd, 2015

Why Democrats Ignore Clinton’s Terrible Foreign Policy Record

Most Democrats should find Clinton’s foreign policy record to be unacceptable and disqualifying, but that isn’t how they have reacted.

Posted September 1st, 2015

Petraeus: Side with Al Qaeda Against ISIS

Once someone starts referring to members of an Al Qaeda affiliate as “moderates,” it’s safe to say that he has lost the plot.

Posted August 31st, 2015

Walker’s Meddlesome Foreign Policy

The U.S. has been anything but “passive” around the world in recent years.

Posted August 28th, 2015

The Unending War on ISIS

The war began as a “limited” and defensive action, but quickly morphed into an aggressive, open-ended, multi-year commitment that was never debated.

Posted August 27th, 2015

Obama and the Illegal War on ISIS

The president deserves full blame for starting and continuing yet another illegal war.

Posted August 24th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Foreign policy by bumper sticker. Richard Burt and Dimitri Simes lament the …

Posted August 21st, 2015

Cotton’s Recipe for Unending Conflict

As usual, Tom Cotton favors aimless, unfocused interventionism.

Posted August 19th, 2015

Bush’s Horrible Foreign Policy Speech

The early excerpts from Bush’s speech didn’t fully convey how horrible his foreign policy vision for the region is.

Posted August 11th, 2015

The Illegal War on ISIS After One Year

Voting on a new authorization at this very late stage would just be an affirmation by Congress of what Obama has been doing.

Posted August 10th, 2015

The First Republican Debates

The field is filled with knee-jerk hawks that don’t have a very firm grasp on the issues.

Posted August 7th, 2015

Previewing the First Republican Debates

The debates are sure to be very dispiriting for anyone interested in foreign policy restraint.

Posted August 6th, 2015

Entangling and Enabling Alliances

Allies and clients sometimes drag the U.S. into conflicts that our government wouldn’t otherwise join.

Posted August 4th, 2015

Obama’s Many Abuses of the 2001 AUMF

The administration’s legal arguments regarding the war on ISIS have been absurd from the start.

Posted August 3rd, 2015

Obama’s Ongoing Folly in Syria

Obama’s latest decision illustrates the danger of yielding to hawkish demands to “arm the rebels” in the first place.

Posted August 3rd, 2015

Rubio’s Costly, Confrontational Anti-Iranian Policy

Rubio makes no attempt to weigh the costs of this extremely confrontational policy.

Posted July 29th, 2015