Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

Unnecessary Wars and Unreliable ‘Allies’

The U.S. needs to be more discriminating in the fights it chooses to join and the “allies” it accepts in the process.

Posted March 20th, 2017

Escalating the War on ISIS Without Debate or Authorization

U.S. military involvement in Syria continues to increase without debate or authorization from Congress.

Posted March 8th, 2017

The U.S. Doesn’t Benefit from the Revised Ban

Because the ban is security theater, it will achieve nothing in reality while imposing unnecessary burdens on would-be visitors and refugees.

Posted March 6th, 2017

A ‘Vital Measure’ That Is Worse Than Useless

The travel ban is an excessive and arbitrary measure designed to counter a non-existent threat.

Posted March 6th, 2017

Trump and Our State of Permanent War

Perversely, this is the one area where Trump most needs to be restrained and checked by his opponents in Congress, and it is the one where he has so far encountered the least resistance.

Posted March 3rd, 2017

The Revised Travel Ban Is Still Absurd and Unnecessary

The ban on nationals from these countries was and is unnecessary and driven by the most mindless threat inflation.

Posted March 2nd, 2017

McMaster and Permanent War

There is no evidence that Trump wants to put an end to any of our current wars.

Posted February 22nd, 2017

‘American Exceptionalism’ and Our Warped Foreign Policy ‘Idealists’

The dangers of a warped understanding of internationalism and “American exceptionalism.”

Posted February 21st, 2017

Trump Wants Safe Zones in Yemen?

Trump’s suggestion of safe zones in Yemen makes even less sense than his support for Syrian safe zones.

Posted January 30th, 2017

Trump’s Arbitrary and Cruel Executive Order

Imposing arbitrary, unnecessary burdens on blameless people for any length of time is wrong.

Posted January 30th, 2017

Reviewing Obama’s Flawed Foreign Policy Record

Obama made a number of egregious, unforced errors that mar his record.

Posted January 26th, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Syria Policy

All in all, Trump’s Syria policy is shaping up to be dumb, cruel, and dangerous.

Posted January 26th, 2017

Trump and Syrian Safe Zones

Establishing safe zones in Syria would represent a dramatic and unwarranted escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war.

Posted January 25th, 2017

Bush and Ross’ Reckless Iran Recommendations

Bush and Ross would commit the U.S. to more aggressive policies in the region that serve no American interests.

Posted January 19th, 2017

Obama’s Unnecessary Wars and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventionism

Obama has probably done more to discredit “humanitarian” interventionism with his policies than any other recent president.

Posted January 17th, 2017

Obama’s Legacy: War Without End

Obama’s legacy is continuing U.S. involvement in wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen.

Posted January 16th, 2017

Syria and the Judgments of ‘History’

Future historians may be challenged to explain to their contemporaries why so many people were fixated on getting the U.S. mired in a foreign civil war.

Posted January 10th, 2017