Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “ISIS”

Bolton’s Syria Conditions Are Designed to Prevent U.S. Withdrawal

Bolton’s conditions are designed to make withdrawal practically impossible for the foreseeable future.

Posted January 6th, 2019

Live by Illegal Presidential Warfare, Die by Presidential Whim

When Congress acquiesces in presidential decisions to start illegal wars, they can’t very well complain when a president suddenly decides to end one.

Posted December 19th, 2018

Report: Saudi Coalition Diverting Weapons to Yemeni Militias

Here is one more reason why the U.S. and other Western governments should get out of the business of selling arms to the Saudis and Emiratis.

Posted December 3rd, 2018

Trump’s Illegal Forever War in Syria

There was no debate about sending American soldiers to occupy parts of Syria in perpetuity, and there was certainly no vote authorizing their mission there.

Posted November 27th, 2018

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018

The Ridiculous Proposal to Label Russia a State Sponsor of Terrorism

None of the things Gardner lists here makes Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, unless we are redefining terrorism to include all policies and actions that Washington doesn’t like.

Posted April 23rd, 2018

Trump Should End the Illegal U.S. Military Presence in Syria

It would be a stupid waste of resources, money, and manpower to illegally occupy northeastern Syria in perpetuity.

Posted April 20th, 2018

The Legal ‘Arguments’ for Attacking Syria Are Preposterous

If you think that the president’s authority is limited by the Constitution, you have to oppose an attack on the Syrian government as the illegal overreach that it is.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Trump’s Absurd Defense of the Illegal War in Syria

If Trump is allowed to get away with perpetuating an illegal war without end, the last remnants of the constitutional limits on presidential warmaking will be destroyed.

Posted February 22nd, 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

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

Our political culture’s abject deference to presidential power on matters of war makes it easy for presidents to get away with these things.

Posted January 22nd, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Congressional realists could “caucus in a phone booth.” Finlay Lewis profiles eight …

Posted November 17th, 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 U.S. Needs to Stop Fighting in Syria

The U.S. should never have expanded the war on ISIS into Syria, and American forces have no business operating in Syria.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Opposed to Endless War? You Might Be an ‘Isolationist’

Invoking “isolationism” in the context of a debate about war authorizations is even worse than the usual error of applying the label to people that reject it.

Posted September 13th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

America’s (dis)regard for our soldiers and veterans. Michael Desch comments on our …

Posted September 1st, 2017

Trump the Hawk

Trump’s hawkish positions weren’t a secret before the election, and he made no effort to conceal them.

Posted August 23rd, 2017