Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

‘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

Obama’s Rhetorical Excess and U.S. Foreign Policy

One recurring theme in Obama’s foreign policy decisions is that he leaves a huge gap between his speeches and the policies he is actually prepared to carry out.

Posted January 10th, 2017

The Cult of U.S. ‘Leadership’

After more than a decade of one costly failure after another, how can anyone still imagine that relying on U.S. “leadership” is the right answer for them or for us?

Posted January 5th, 2017

Obama Hasn’t Presided Over ‘Retrenchment’

The U.S. is involved in more wars in more countries today than it was when Obama became president.

Posted January 5th, 2017

Obama’s Foreign Policy Has Been Anything But ‘Inactive’

It is a measure of how thoroughly our foreign policy debates are warped by a “do something” mentality that such an activist president could ever be accused of inaction abroad.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Spare Us the Folly of Another ‘Freedom Agenda’

Non-interference in the affairs of other nations is incompatible with efforts to try to “shape” the internal politics of other countries

Posted December 20th, 2016

The Interventionists’ Double Standards

If we held our government accountable for its destructive policies instead of berating them for “inaction,” we would end up with a wiser, juster foreign policy.

Posted December 19th, 2016

Iran Isn’t Engaged in ‘Relentless Expansionism’

Iran’s “relentless expansionism” is not real, but it is very important to many Iran hawks that we believe that it is.

Posted December 15th, 2016