Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Afghanistan”

We Must End the Endless Wars

There is no “going back” to the 1930s for any number of reasons, but it is ridiculous and deeply ignorant to suggest that extricating the U.S. from its numerous wars of choice will take us back there.

Posted June 29th, 2019

Neglecting Foreign Policy in the Presidential Debates

The failure to ask presidential candidates more questions about foreign policy may help to account for why one administration after another makes so many terrible errors.

Posted June 28th, 2019

The First 2020 Democratic Debate and Foreign Policy

Foreign policy didn’t come up a lot during the debate, but there was some discussion of the nuclear deal with Iran and the war in Afghanistan.

Posted June 27th, 2019

Pompeo’s ‘Blame Iran First’ Propaganda

The false claim that Iran was behind the attack in Kabul is of a piece with the administration’s propaganda efforts to tie Iran to anything and everything that goes wrong in the wider region.

Posted June 15th, 2019

Pence’s Dangerous West Point Sabre-Rattling

When political and military leaders in a country convince themselves that war with another state is inevitable, they tend to take actions that make it harder to avoid that war.

Posted May 28th, 2019

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