Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “George Kennan”

Throwing Money at the Pentagon Is Weak

Throwing more money at the Pentagon every year to perpetuate an overly militarized foreign policy and a forever war is not a sign of strength.

Posted June 19th, 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

An Awful ‘Strategy’ for China

This “strategy” reeks of trying to essentialize cultural and racial differences as the basis for stoking tensions with another major power.

Posted May 1st, 2019

Two Tedious Attacks on Realists

Attacks on academic realists are written to shore up the boundaries of what passes for acceptable “mainstream” foreign policy thought in Washington.

Posted September 20th, 2017

Traps and Avoidable Wars

We should always be wary of arguments that seem to make war practically inevitable.

Posted July 5th, 2017

Recurring Foreign Policy Errors and the Decision to Intervene in Russia

American intervention in Russia’s civil war is a classic example of how the U.S. can be lured into doing something unnecessary and dangerous on the basis of shoddy information.

Posted April 3rd, 2017

Realists and the Trump Trap

Maybe realists think backing Trump is the sort of short-sighted and ill-considered course of action that they are warning other people against all the time.

Posted February 3rd, 2016

Realism and Honor

It would be shameful to encourage another country to fight a war that it can’t win simply so that we can feel better about ourselves.

Posted September 9th, 2014

Clinton, Paul, and Containment

Dan Drezner makes some mischief with a comparison of similar statements by …

Posted August 11th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Forgetting Tiananmen Square. Benjamin Read reviews Louisa Lim’s The People’s Republic of …

Posted June 6th, 2014

Biden and Foreign Policy Restraint

Peter Beinart makes a very questionable claim: Among today’s Democratic foreign-policy elite, …

Posted May 12th, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Inside the mind of George Kennan. Christian Caryl reviews The Kennan Diaries …

Posted February 28th, 2014

Obama, Paul, and Jeffersonian Foreign Policy

Colin Dueck’s conclusion to his article on Rand Paul shows why we …

Posted January 30th, 2014

Foreign Policy and Domestic Politics

Aaron David Miller objects to contempt for domestic political considerations in foreign …

Posted July 3rd, 2013

There Are No Isolationists

John Allen Gay comments on a new article covering Republican divisions on …

Posted March 15th, 2013

Kennan and Democracy Promotion

Thomas Graham makes a statement in his article on U.S. Russia policy …

Posted March 13th, 2013

Rand Paul and Realism

Will Inboden was not impressed with Rand Paul’s foreign policy speech: At …

Posted February 13th, 2013