Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

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

Iran Hawks and the Iraq War

Iran hawks are most confident about Iran’s “march of conquest” when it isn’t happening, and they were heedless of Iranian gains when they were most likely to occur.

Posted July 23rd, 2015

Ignatius’ Bad Advice on Iran

If there is a government in the region that needs to be presented with a “sharp choice” regarding its destabilizing foreign policy, it is the one based in Riyadh.

Posted July 16th, 2015

The U.S. Discovers That There Is No “Moderate” Syrian Opposition

The last thing that the administration should do is listen to the advice of hawks that have been seeking deeper U.S. involvement in Syria for years.

Posted July 8th, 2015

Clinton’s Bad Foreign Policy Record

The Iraq war vote was just one in a series of poor decisions Clinton has made.

Posted July 7th, 2015

Iran’s “Imperial Ambitions” Are Greatly Exaggerated

Iran’s regional reach is very limited.

Posted June 30th, 2015

McCain and Wars of Aggression

It is hard to take a hawk like McCain seriously on Ukraine.

Posted June 29th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

America’s diplomatic crisis. Chas Freeman details the failings of U.S. diplomacy. America …

Posted June 19th, 2015

The War on Yemen and Our Useless Regional Clients

Nothing could better demonstrate how unreliable and undeserving of U.S. support the Gulf clients are.

Posted June 19th, 2015

Regional Opinion on Iran

Iran’s image has taken a substantial hit in the last ten years.

Posted June 18th, 2015

GOP Hawks Won’t Benefit from a Foreign Policy Election

Republican hawkish candidates shouldn’t want 2016 to be a foreign policy election.

Posted June 16th, 2015

Obama and the War on ISIS

The mismatch between words and policies has been a long-running problem for the administration.

Posted June 15th, 2015

McCain Is the MEK’s Newest Fan

John McCain continues his long tradition of embracing horrible foreign groups: The …

Posted June 15th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

An open-ended conflict in Iraq. Micah Zenko reviews the shifting administration justifications …

Posted June 12th, 2015