Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Chuck Hagel”

Obama and the Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument

The obsession with “credibility” that Obama disdains was one of the main arguments that his own officials used in justifying an attack on Syria.

Posted March 10th, 2016

Hagel’s Syria Improvisation

It seems that the administration allowed itself once again to be trapped by an ill-considered public statement regarding military action in Syria.

Posted December 18th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Replacing Hagel. Nikolas Gvosdev identifies some of the many problems that Obama …

Posted November 28th, 2014

Scapegoating Hagel

Dumping Hagel is a way of appearing to shake up the administration following the midterms without doing anything that would change the way that the administration operates.

Posted November 25th, 2014

So Much For Hagel

Removing Hagel sets up another confirmation battle in the new year with a hostile Republican Senate majority.

Posted November 24th, 2014

The Folly of Fighting Against Both Sides in Syria (II)

The administration appears to have committed the U.S. to go to war against the Syrian government if the regime attacks U.S. proxies.

Posted September 26th, 2014

ISIS and the Administration’s Ridiculous Threat Inflation

The administration is once again demonstrating its flair for rhetorical overkill: Senior …

Posted August 21st, 2014

Military Spending Cuts and How They Are Being Distorted

Noah Millman explains why the possible reductions in the number of military …

Posted February 25th, 2014

The Misleading “Credibility” Obsession

Rajan Menon notes how often the debate over attacking Syria becomes an …

Posted September 5th, 2013

Possibly the Most Pointless Primary Challenge Ever

So it’s official. Liz Cheney has announced her intention to seek the …

Posted July 16th, 2013

Obama Isn’t “Unbound”

Peter Beinart interprets the Rice and Power choices as further proof that …

Posted June 5th, 2013

Fortunately, Warning About Global “Nihilistic Chaos” Isn’t Alarmist

John Podhoretz wants conservatives to take Obama seriously, which he thinks means …

Posted March 28th, 2013

The GOP’s “McCain Phase”

It’s useful in some ways to think of the Iraq war as …

Posted March 14th, 2013

The GOP Needs to Abandon Hard-line Foreign Policy

Timothy Noah makes a fair point and follows it with a much …

Posted March 10th, 2013

Conservative Media’s Propaganda Problem

I second what Dan McCarthy says here: That spirit of fair play …

Posted March 9th, 2013

The Folly of Rejecting Caution and Restraint

After reading Ron Paul’s remarks on the Hagel fight (via Jordan Bloom), …

Posted March 5th, 2013

The Republican Foreign Policy Tent Continues to Shrink, and Republicans Don’t Even Notice It

Ramesh Ponnuru reviews different episodes of Republican and conservative infighting in the …

Posted March 5th, 2013