Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq war”

‘World Order’ and the Need for Restraint

It is difficult to take Kagan’s warnings about a recent breakdown in order seriously when he and other interventionists like him have been hammering away at that order for at least twenty years.

Posted October 10th, 2018

The ‘Liberal Order’ Myth and Its Critics

Kagan’s strident defense of the “liberal order” and his record of supporting repeated U.S. violations of international law serve as a perfect example of the myopia that the critics of “liberal order” mythology are decrying.

Posted September 28th, 2018

McCain’s Foreign Policy Record

McCain specialized in matters of national security and foreign policy, and yet he had a remarkable knack for misjudging practically every major foreign policy issue of the last three decades.

Posted August 27th, 2018

Our Regime Change Addiction

The addiction to meddling and coercion is strong, and the current administration is full of regime change addicts looking for their next fix.

Posted July 25th, 2018

Republican Hawks and Trump

Regrettably, hawkish opposition to Trump hasn’t made the administration’s foreign policy any less hawkish or destructive, and it has created an opening for fringe hard-liners and lunatics to take over.

Posted July 12th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A madman on the National Security Council. Matt Purple reacts to Trump’s …

Posted March 23rd, 2018

The Iraq War Was a Crime, So Why Don’t We Treat It As One?

If preventive war against Iraq had been more thoroughly discredited years ago, perhaps there might not be as much support for preventive wars against Iran and North Korea today.

Posted March 19th, 2018

The Lies That Enable Perpetual War

Our wars are usually wars of choice fought for reasons unrelated to defending ourselves or the nations we are obliged by treaty to protect.

Posted February 14th, 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

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 Delusions of Iraq War Hawks

Many hawkish supporters of the Iraq war still won’t accept that the war was a massive blunder and terrible crime.

Posted November 14th, 2017

Were Wars Bloodier and Longer When We Had Conscription?

The U.S. starts and joins so many wars that it could avoid because of the political culture.

Posted October 27th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

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

Posted October 13th, 2017

The Myths of Interventionists

Frenetic meddling in the affairs of other nations hasn’t made and won’t make America any safer.

Posted October 11th, 2017

The U.S. Should Reject Preventive War

The U.S. should repudiate preventive warfare because it is both illegal and inherently unjust.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

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

Yes, Iran Hawks Want Conflict with Iran

The idea that these people would oppose a war with Iran is fanciful.

Posted September 1st, 2017