Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

The SOTU and Obama’s Unnecessary Wars

Obama has made it a habit in the last few years to order or threaten military action that isn’t necessary for U.S. or allied security.

Posted January 20th, 2015

Foreign Policy and the SOTU

Foreign policy will likely take up a very small part of tonight’s speech.

Posted January 20th, 2015

The Hawkish Marriage of Ignorance and Excessive Ambition

Republican hawks have little or no understanding of these issues, but that doesn’t stop them from advocating for a far more aggressive, ambitious foreign policy.

Posted January 20th, 2015

Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

Support for escalation continues to be a minority position.

Posted January 9th, 2015

Restraint, Commitments, and “Credibility”

Hawks pretend that the U.S. has many more commitments than it really has.

Posted January 8th, 2015

The Worst Foreign Policy Arguments of 2014

A list of the very worst foreign policy arguments that should never be used in 2015.

Posted December 31st, 2014

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