Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Ukraine”

Ukraine and the Cult of ‘Resolve’

Rasmussen treats a difficult political and military problem as if it were simply a matter of having enough “resolve.”

Posted March 23rd, 2017

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument and Hawkish Whining

“Credibility” arguments are very often nothing more than hawkish whining that they didn’t win the policy argument here at home.

Posted February 1st, 2017

Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

If Tillerson thinks the U.S. should have armed Ukraine in 2014, that doesn’t reflect well on his judgment.

Posted January 11th, 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

Obama’s Misguided Indulgence of U.S. Client States

Obama has gone out of his way to try to placate and indulge them even when they behave appallingly.

Posted January 3rd, 2017

The Folly of Arming Ukraine Revisited

No U.S. interests are served by taking sides in this conflict, and the U.S. has no obligation to take sides.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Another Pointless Round of NATO Expansion

Adding Montenegro to NATO is unnecessary and serves no real purpose.

Posted December 6th, 2016

McMullin’s Dreadfully Conventional Hawkishness

McMullin is an anti-Trump candidate whose main appeal is to Republicans that remain deeply committed to a very aggressive foreign policy.

Posted October 24th, 2016

A Clinton Win Means an Expanded War in Syria

Clinton has told us explicitly many times that she means to increase U.S. involvement in Syria.

Posted October 13th, 2016

Yes, Clinton Is a Hawk, and It’s Silly to Deny It

Clinton is a liberal hawk and has favored every military intervention the U.S. has undertaken for the last twenty years (and some that it hasn’t yet done).

Posted August 17th, 2016

The Folly of Arming Ukraine and the GOP Platform

The Trump campaign rejected one of the more thoughtless and irresponsible foreign policy proposals out there right now.

Posted July 18th, 2016

Stavridis’ Dangerous Ideas

Since he retired, Stavridis has been offering up a number of bad policy recommendations and wrongheaded arguments.

Posted July 12th, 2016

Our Ridiculous Foreign Policy Debates

We don’t debate the administration’s actual record, but instead allow both sides to fight over an invented one while overlooking the real costs and consequences of U.S. actions.

Posted June 30th, 2016

The House GOP’s Stale Foreign Policy Agenda

The House GOP document is consistent with the party’s complete failure to come to grips with its major foreign policy failures over at least the last fifteen years.

Posted June 13th, 2016

Kasich’s Foolish Hawkishness

His consistently dangerous hawkishness showed us why we should be glad that Kasich’s campaign languished in obscurity for all these months.

Posted May 5th, 2016

Kasich’s Foreign Policy Recklessness on Display

Kasich has given no thought to the possible negative consequences of the Ukraine policy he endorses, and he doesn’t want to think about them.

Posted April 20th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Let’s end America’s hopeless war for the Middle East. Andrew Bacevich calls …

Posted April 8th, 2016