Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

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

A Bad Case for Allying with Assad

It is simply perverse to insist on making deals with ugly regimes in order to facilitate a war of choice.

Posted August 26th, 2014

Cameron and Iraq

Alex Massie is unhappy with Cameron on Iraq: You might think, even …

Posted August 20th, 2014

Outside Intervention and the Syrian Civil War

Lionel Beehner asks the wrong question: Rather, we should be asking: Is …

Posted August 20th, 2014

Iraq and Mission Creep

Earlier this week, I spoke with Zack Beauchamp for bloggingheads on Clinton, …

Posted August 15th, 2014

The U.S. Must Avoid Escalation in Iraq

Max Boot predictably wants to expand the goals of intervention in Iraq. …

Posted August 14th, 2014

The Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition

If the U.S.-trained Iraqi army couldn’t stop ISIS, why would “moderate” rebels do any better?

Posted August 12th, 2014

The “Credibility” Scam

Benjamin Friedman does a fine job of dismantling the “credibility” argument: Historical …

Posted August 11th, 2014

The Warsi Resignation and U.K. Foreign Policy

The Economist‘s Blighty blog comments on Baroness Sayeeda Warsi’s resignation from the …

Posted August 5th, 2014

The Folly of Taking Sides in Foreign Conflicts

Joe Lieberman wants us to know that he’s still all for getting …

Posted August 1st, 2014

Mead’s Ridiculous Linkage Argument

Walter Russell Mead must be kidding: Unhappily for the Obama administration, the …

Posted July 29th, 2014

Americans Don’t Want the U.S. To Take Sides in Foreign Conflicts

There were some interesting YouGov findings on American public opinion and foreign …

Posted July 28th, 2014

The Dishonest Charge of Withdrawal and Disengagement

Fred Hiatt very much wants us to believe that America’s “gradual withdrawal” …

Posted July 28th, 2014