Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Libyan war”

Power’s Pathetic Libyan War Excuse

It is a pathetic attempt by Power to deny responsibility for the effects of a war she backed by shrugging her shoulders and pleading ignorance.

Posted September 9th, 2019

Military Intervention Isn’t Humanitarian

Isn’t “humanitarian” intervention in practice little more than international armed vigilantism?

Posted September 4th, 2019

Cotton’s Blithe Warmongering on Iran

It is unfortunate that Cotton’s proposal was not laughed out of the room for being the sick warmongering that it is.

Posted June 16th, 2019

Of Course Regime Change Is the Goal

All of these officials say demonstrably untrue things about Iranian behavior and their own behavior, and we should assume the same is true when they deny that they seek regime change.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Yes, NATO Expansion Was a Mistake

NATO expansion has been a mistake for the U.S. because the U.S. didn’t need to add any more security commitments in Europe or anywhere else after the end of the Cold War.

Posted May 14th, 2019

The Myth of Western ‘Non-Involvement’ in Syria

Just as one would expect, the more outside interventions by other governments there were the longer and bloodier the war became.

Posted March 18th, 2019

Military Intervention Would Be a Disaster for Venezuela

Escalating Venezuela’s crisis into an armed conflict would be a disaster for the people of Venezuela and for Venezuela’s neighbors.

Posted February 24th, 2019

Libya and the Failure of ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention

Libya is one of the chief examples most people today would think of when discussing the merits and flaws of “humanitarian” intervention.

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

The Trump Administration’s Bogus War Powers Claim

The president has no authority to order an attack against a government that has not attacked the U.S. or U.S. forces.

Posted June 4th, 2018

Trump Cancels the North Korea Summit

Having thoroughly poisoned the atmosphere in the weeks leading up to the meeting, Bolton managed to sabotage diplomacy with North Korea with a minimum of effort.

Posted May 24th, 2018

The Consequences of Reckless Rhetoric

If the administration wanted to poison the atmosphere leading up to the summit, they could not have done a better job over the last week and a half.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Don’t Mention the (Libyan) War

Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations.

Posted May 22nd, 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

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

Tom Cotton, Perpetual Warmonger

Cotton has no problem with starting illegal wars.

Posted December 9th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The ideologues who wrecked Libya. Matt Purple considers the consequences of the …

Posted December 8th, 2017