Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The Wages of Threat Inflation

If half of Americans think ISIS poses a critical threat to our vital interests, that shows they don’t understand the meaning of these words.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

The “Limited” Intervention That Will Take Years

The administration has set down restrictions on what it would be willing to do in Iraq and Syria, and then cast those restrictions aside within days or weeks.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

The Folly of Fighting Against Both Sides in Syria

The war against ISIS is a serious mistake, but fighting both the regime and ISIS at the same time would be a disaster.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

Game of Thrones Is Not a Foreign Policy Manual

Allying with the Syrian regime isn’t a smart policy even when judged by thoroughly amoral standards.

Posted September 23rd, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS Spreads to Syria

Loose talk of “destroying” ISIS practically demanded expanding the war into Syria.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

Syrian and American Illusions

The vote to arm Syrian rebels creates the illusion of broad support for a policy that no one believes will achieve anything.

Posted September 22nd, 2014

The American Conservative: Realism and Reform

Promoting the cause of restraint and peace.

Posted September 12th, 2014

Obama’s Foreseeable Escalation

Escalation was almost certain to happen, so why weren’t more people skeptical about the “limited” intervention in Iraq?

Posted September 11th, 2014

The “Broad” Coalition That Doesn’t Exist

The U.S. is fighting a new, open-ended war for the sake of “partners” that are contributing little or nothing to the war.

Posted September 11th, 2014

The Ever-Expanding War Against ISIS

Any war with the maximalist goal of “destroying” an enemy will always be longer and more costly than we realize now.

Posted September 8th, 2014

Allying with Assad Still Doesn’t Make Sense

The U.S. would be ensnaring itself in an unnecessary conflict while saddling itself with a despicable partner.

Posted September 4th, 2014

ISIS, Preventive War, and “Pacifism”

A policy of “destroying” ISIS would commit the U.S. to war in Iraq and Syria for years to come.

Posted September 3rd, 2014

Paul’s Syria Op-Ed and the “Brain-Dead” DNC Response

The U.S. is responsible for the actions it takes abroad, and its blunders and wrongdoing shouldn’t be ignored or explained away through shallow demagoguery.

Posted August 29th, 2014

Obama, Congress, and War Powers

It should go without saying that Congressional authorization is required for an ongoing war against ISIS.

Posted August 28th, 2014

The Democratic Party’s Many Hawks

The party is not somehow to the “left” of where it was on foreign policy thirty years ago.

Posted August 28th, 2014

The U.S. Must Avoid Escalation in Iraq…and Syria

Now should be the time to recognize that the U.S. isn’t any good at trying to manipulate a foreign civil war.

Posted August 27th, 2014

ISIS and the “Red Line”

The most absurd attempt yet to blame everything undesirable that has happened in the last year on not enforcing the “red line” in Syria.

Posted August 26th, 2014