Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

Why There Is No Accountability in U.S. Foreign Policy

The fact that the U.S. has been involved in backing the war on Yemen for all this time without debate or authorization is a testament to the lack of accountability in U.S. foreign policy.

Posted August 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

Stop Comparing Iran to the USSR

The question that Kagan never asks or answers is why the U.S. needs a “victory strategy” against Iran in the first place.

Posted August 21st, 2018

Sanctions Strengthen Targeted Regimes and Hurt Their Critics

The reality is that people everywhere obviously resent being made poorer and their futures less secure by the arbitrary decisions of foreign governments.

Posted June 5th, 2018

Friedman’s Fear-mongering About Iran

Friedman is echoing Saudi propaganda used to justify their atrocious war on Yemen.

Posted April 18th, 2018

Bolton’s Terrible Ideas for Syria

It’s a terrible plan that would mire the U.S. in new open-ended conflicts for no good reason, but then what else would you expect from Bolton?

Posted April 5th, 2018

Congress Needs to Oppose Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

You may not care about what Trump is doing in Syria today, but you will care about what he or some other president chooses to do with this usurped authority elsewhere.

Posted January 24th, 2018

The Destructive Iran Obsession

Each time that Iran hawks concoct a half-baked plan to hurt Iran and weaken its position in the region, it reliably backfires and increases Iranian influence.

Posted December 28th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Hezbollah is not a threat to America. Sharmine Narwani objects to the …

Posted November 3rd, 2017

The U.S. Needs to Leave Iraq

The U.S. should take the opportunity it has now to disentangle itself from Iraq.

Posted October 31st, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Bringing back the draft won’t stop unnecessary wars. Brian O’Brien warns that …

Posted October 27th, 2017

Iraq and the Administration’s Iran ‘Strategy’

The Iraqi government is making clear that it isn’t interested in serving as a front-line state as part of the administration’s anti-Iranian “strategy.”

Posted October 25th, 2017

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Bungling and the Iran Obsession

Tillerson was so eager to make a show of opposing Iranian influence in Iraq that he harmed U.S. relations with Baghdad while achieving nothing of consequence.

Posted October 23rd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

McCain’s tired dogma. Andrew Bacevich responds to John McCain’s Liberty Medal speech. …

Posted October 20th, 2017

The U.S. Needs to Disentangle Itself from Iraq

The U.S. should be trying to extricate itself from Iraq as quickly as it can.

Posted October 16th, 2017

Haass’ Dangerous Proposal for Kurdistan

Less than 24 hours after the eruption of fighting between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi government, we are already hearing proposals from high-profile people to throw weapons at the problem.

Posted October 16th, 2017

Fighting Erupts in Kirkuk

The U.S. has limited influence and may not be able to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

Posted October 16th, 2017