Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Afghanistan”

Yes, NATO Expansion Was a Mistake

NATO expansion has been a mistake for the U.S. because the U.S. didn’t need to add any more security commitments in Europe or anywhere else after the end of the Cold War.

Posted May 14th, 2019

The Shameful Yemen Veto and Trump’s Foreign Policy

His Yemen veto shows that he will do everything he can to keep an unjust and horrific war going for as long as possible when it is within his power to end U.S. involvement.

Posted April 18th, 2019

The Irrational Fear Behind Perpetual War

Perhaps the biggest reason for U.S. overcommitment is our tendency to give in to irrational fears that manageable threats are existential ones.

Posted January 31st, 2019

Trump’s Very Unpopular Foreign Policy

The public can also see that Trump has had hardly any significant successes overseas since he took office.

Posted January 28th, 2019

Facing Reality in Afghanistan

Concocting new excuses to keep a failed policy going just so that we can keep denying that failure is absurd.

Posted January 14th, 2019

Trump Pushes His Destructive Iran Policy at the U.N.

The reimposition of sanctions not only hurts the Iranian people, but imposes significant costs on the populations of neighboring countries as well.

Posted September 25th, 2018

The ‘Isolationist’ Slur and ‘International Order’

One of the biggest problems that we currently have is that our government doesn’t know how not to get itself involved in wars that have nothing to do with us.

Posted September 24th, 2018

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018

NATO Expansion and Our Lack of Serious Foreign Policy Debates

NATO expansion receives even less scrutiny and debate than our wars despite the security guarantee that is being granted.

Posted July 19th, 2018

Mattis’ Influence Is Waning

The Secretary of Defense is just influential enough to stop Trump from withdrawing troops from a pointless war in Afghanistan, but not nearly influential enough to prevent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Posted June 25th, 2018

Bolton and Trump’s Anti-Restraint Foreign Policy

Trump was already the anti-restraint president before he chose Bolton, and now Bolton will put the president’s worst impulses to work.

Posted March 26th, 2018

Trump’s Parade and Our Endless Wars

It is telling that he has not encountered nearly as much criticism for his illegal warmaking or his escalations of endless wars.

Posted February 7th, 2018

Predicting the Future of U.S. Wars

Zenko’s predictions are likely to be borne out by events because these things have happened many times before and are still happening now.

Posted February 1st, 2018

Foreign Policy and Trump’s First SOTU

The foreign policy section of the speech painted a picture of a thoroughly hard-line and militarized approach to the world that is going to cost the U.S. dearly.

Posted January 30th, 2018

Trump and Military Intervention

Trump is a weak president, and escalation of ongoing wars is the path of least resistance in Washington, so that is what he has done.

Posted December 26th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The awful legacy of the burn pits. Kelley Vlahos reports on Delay, …

Posted October 13th, 2017

Senate Rejects Paul’s AUMF Amendment

The result of the Senate vote was disappointing, but Sen. Paul deserves credit for making the vote happen in the first place.

Posted September 13th, 2017