Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

So Much For Hagel

Removing Hagel sets up another confirmation battle in the new year with a hostile Republican Senate majority.

Posted November 24th, 2014

Lessons from the Libyan War

One lesson that the Libyan war should teach us is that the U.S. and its allies are far too quick to want to take sides in foreign disputes and conflicts.

Posted November 19th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS and Congress’ Abdication

Congress has been allowed and even encouraged in its abdication by an administration that pretends that it doesn’t need a new AUMF.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Are Americans “Squeamish” About War?

Most Americans are usually only too ready to support military action when the president claims it to be necessary.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Revisiting the Libyan War

The arguments for intervention in Libya were extraordinarily weak and many of them were based on little more than wishful thinking.

Posted November 18th, 2014

The War Against ISIS and the “Constitutionally Fastidious” Obama

The AUMF debate is supposed to distract us from the president’s claim that he already has the authority to wage the war.

Posted November 13th, 2014

On Illegal and Unnecessary Wars

It is profoundly wrong to commit the U.S. to war without considering the merits of it, but there is something even worse.

Posted November 13th, 2014

The Weird AUMF Debate

Obama is prepared to let Congress have its ritual with the understanding that he will ignore its decision unless it approves his war.

Posted November 12th, 2014

Failed “Vetting” Is Just a Symptom of a Foolish Syria Policy

Even if the U.S. could successfully “vet” insurgents, it would never have the degree of control or knowledge that advocates of this policy predict.

Posted November 12th, 2014

The Hawks’ Solution to Everything: Throw More Weapons at the Problem

The hawks’ solution of throwing weapons at every problem that arises overseas has very little popular support.

Posted November 10th, 2014

McCain’s Sound and Fury

The good news is that few, if any, of McCain’s preferred policies are likely to be adopted.

Posted November 6th, 2014

Congress Should Vote Down the AUMF for the War Against ISIS

Newly-elected members of Congress should be the ones to vote on a new resolution authorizing military force.

Posted November 5th, 2014

The Next Wave of Foreign Policy Hawks

On almost every issue, Gardner has been a conventional hawk.

Posted November 3rd, 2014

The War Against ISIS Has Been a Disaster for the “Moderate” Rebels

The so-called “moderate” opposition would probably be better off today if the U.S. had not expanded its war against ISIS into Syria.

Posted November 3rd, 2014

Arming Rebels Doesn’t Work (II)

Kagan ignores the costs of U.S. backing for foreign insurgencies.

Posted November 3rd, 2014

Is the Public in a “Warmongering Mood”?

Backing the war against ISIS is an exception that Americans are making to their general aversion to new conflicts.

Posted November 3rd, 2014

Keeping Up Appearances: Why the U.S. Backs Rebels in Syria

The U.S. talks up its minimal support for local forces to make an ill-advised intervention seem somewhat less reckless than it really is.

Posted October 31st, 2014