Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The Paul-Rubio Fight over Cuba

Rubio has made himself the leading defender of a bankrupt policy that also happens to be broadly unpopular.

Posted December 19th, 2014

A Very Belated Congressional Debate on the ISIS War

In the end, a debate on the war that has no chance of stopping the war will be an empty ritual.

Posted December 15th, 2014

Why the U.S. Should Extricate Itself from Syria

The U.S. should not have entangled itself in the Syrian conflict to begin with.

Posted December 15th, 2014

“Abandoning” Rebels That the U.S. Should Never Have Supported

The U.S. has plunged into a conflict in Syria before it considered any of the consequences of intervention.

Posted December 15th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

In search of libertarian realism. Reason hosts a symposium on libertarianism and …

Posted December 12th, 2014

The Authorization for the ISIS War

The war against ISIS from the start has been open-ended, ill-defined, and likely to continue expanding.

Posted December 11th, 2014

U.S.-Backed Rebels in Syria Can’t Win, But We Already Knew That

The idea that the U.S. could build up an effective Syrian opposition capable of defeating the regime on its own was always absurd.

Posted December 11th, 2014

The Sloppy Thinking Behind “Credibility” Arguments

Other states don’t perceive America’s supposed lack of “resolve” in the same way that our own hawks do.

Posted December 8th, 2014

Jindal’s Boilerplate Hawkishness

Appealing to foreign policy hard-liners is nothing new for Jindal.

Posted December 4th, 2014

Declaring War on ISIS

If there is to be a vote on the war against ISIS, Congress should vote no.

Posted December 1st, 2014

The Uses and Abuses of Historical Analogies

Historical analogies are very often used in crude attempts to shoehorn modern events into convenient ideological stories.

Posted December 1st, 2014

So Much For Hagel

Removing Hagel sets up another confirmation battle in the new year with a hostile Republican Senate majority.

Posted November 24th, 2014

Lessons from the Libyan War

One lesson that the Libyan war should teach us is that the U.S. and its allies are far too quick to want to take sides in foreign disputes and conflicts.

Posted November 19th, 2014

The Illegal War Against ISIS and Congress’ Abdication

Congress has been allowed and even encouraged in its abdication by an administration that pretends that it doesn’t need a new AUMF.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Are Americans “Squeamish” About War?

Most Americans are usually only too ready to support military action when the president claims it to be necessary.

Posted November 18th, 2014

Revisiting the Libyan War

The arguments for intervention in Libya were extraordinarily weak and many of them were based on little more than wishful thinking.

Posted November 18th, 2014

The War Against ISIS and the “Constitutionally Fastidious” Obama

The AUMF debate is supposed to distract us from the president’s claim that he already has the authority to wage the war.

Posted November 13th, 2014