Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

The Iran Obsession Keeps Getting Worse

The administration’s plans would be guaranteed to increase tensions with Iran and sour relations with the Iraqi government.

Posted March 19th, 2019

The Myopia of Interventionists

American hawks couldn’t see further in the future. They weren’t even perceiving the present correctly.

Posted February 21st, 2019

Bullying Iraq in the Name of the Iran Obsession

The Trump administration is wrong to pressure Iraq’s government to take obviously self-destructive actions.

Posted February 11th, 2019

The Anti-Trump Backlash in Iraq Keeps Growing

Iraqis don’t intend for their country to be used for someone else’s agenda.

Posted February 6th, 2019

Iraqis Want No Part of Trump’s Iran Obsession

An indefinite military presence in Iraq makes no more sense for the U.S. than it does to have one in Syria.

Posted February 4th, 2019

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018

George H.W. Bush, R.I.P.

Bush got many of the big foreign policy questions right during his presidency, but he also made some important mistakes.

Posted December 1st, 2018

Bolton’s Favorite Deranged Cult

The Western politicians and officials that lend legitimacy to this group have discredited themselves on all matters relating to Iran.

Posted November 9th, 2018

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 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