Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Is Getting More Dangerous

There is absolutely no legal justification for having our troops in Syria and there never has been.

Posted February 8th, 2018

The Dangers of Our Illegal Military Presence in Syria

The ongoing illegal presence of U.S. forces in Syria is a dangerous gamble with American lives.

Posted February 7th, 2018

Trump’s Parade and Our Endless Wars

It is telling that he has not encountered nearly as much criticism for his illegal warmaking or his escalations of endless wars.

Posted February 7th, 2018

Foreign Policy and Trump’s First SOTU

The foreign policy section of the speech painted a picture of a thoroughly hard-line and militarized approach to the world that is going to cost the U.S. dearly.

Posted January 30th, 2018

Congress Needs to Oppose Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

You may not care about what Trump is doing in Syria today, but you will care about what he or some other president chooses to do with this usurped authority elsewhere.

Posted January 24th, 2018

Spinning the Saudi Menace

Iran hawks cannot honestly describe what the Saudis are doing in the region.

Posted January 22nd, 2018

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

Our political culture’s abject deference to presidential power on matters of war makes it easy for presidents to get away with these things.

Posted January 22nd, 2018

The Outrageous Plan to Keep U.S. Troops in Syria Indefinitely

A continued U.S. presence in Syria is both illegal and unwarranted.

Posted January 17th, 2018

The Destructive Iran Obsession

Each time that Iran hawks concoct a half-baked plan to hurt Iran and weaken its position in the region, it reliably backfires and increases Iranian influence.

Posted December 28th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

In defense of nothing. Jeremy and Shapiro use the administration’s decision to …

Posted December 22nd, 2017

The Insane Plan to Give North Korea a ‘Bloody Nose’

If the U.S. gave North Korean forces a “bloody nose,” we have to assume that retaliation would be immediate and massive.

Posted December 20th, 2017

Trump’s Failed and Costly Middle East Policies

Trump has managed to take the worst Obama administration policy he inherited and make it even worse than it was.

Posted December 18th, 2017

The Iran Obsession Is Getting Worse

It is the height of hubris to imagine that the U.S. is in a position “not to allow” Iran to have a presence in Syria.

Posted December 13th, 2017

Tillerson’s Unrealism

Tillerson’s job at this point seems to be reciting administration talking points that have no relationship to the real world.

Posted December 12th, 2017

Tom Cotton, Perpetual Warmonger

Cotton has no problem with starting illegal wars.

Posted December 9th, 2017

Trump’s Mission Creep in Syria

Keeping U.S. forces in Syria for years to come is the very definition of mission creep.

Posted November 29th, 2017

Indulging Reckless Clients Is a Bipartisan Tradition

It is hard to think of examples where the U.S. has not given allies and clients a free pass for their destabilizing behavior.

Posted November 14th, 2017