Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Max Boot”

Remembering the Philippine War

It is significant that one of the only times in recent years that the Philippine War was remembered was so that it could provide fodder for the counterinsurgency fad among pro-war pundits.

Posted August 5th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Under the Boot. Lyle Jeremy Rubin writes a withering takedown of Max …

Posted February 15th, 2019

The Irrational Fear Behind Perpetual War

Perhaps the biggest reason for U.S. overcommitment is our tendency to give in to irrational fears that manageable threats are existential ones.

Posted January 31st, 2019

The Mindless Defense of the Failed Foreign Policy Consensus

There are more legitimate foreign policy options than mindlessly defending the post-1945 or post-1991 status quo.

Posted December 27th, 2018

Haley’s Poor Record at the U.N.

Haley didn’t have a good grasp of substance, and instead relied on talking points to a fault.

Posted October 10th, 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

Trump Should Withdraw U.S. Forces from Syria, But He Won’t

If Trump really had an “America First” foreign policy, leaving Syria would have been one of the first things he did, but he doesn’t and so that won’t happen on his watch.

Posted April 3rd, 2018

Yes, Iran Hawks Want Conflict with Iran

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

Posted September 1st, 2017

Reckless Interventionism and the War on Yemen

The episode with an American ship highlights the danger of continued U.S. involvement in and support for a completely indefensible war in Yemen.

Posted October 10th, 2016

A Costly Mistake in Syria

The strike that killed Syrian soldiers shows the dangers inherent in running a bombing campaign in Syria in the midst of a multi-sided civil war.

Posted September 19th, 2016

America’s Habit of Fighting Unnecessary Wars

The fault here doesn’t lie with the people or their representatives that don’t want long, open-ended foreign conflicts and occupations.

Posted June 1st, 2016

Bush Wrecked the GOP Long Before Trump Appeared

Die-hard Trump opponents refuse to acknowledge the fact that the party was already killed (or at least severely wounded) years ago during the disastrous Bush era.

Posted May 9th, 2016

The Problem with NATO

NATO has spent the better part of the last two decades abandoning its original mission as a defensive alliance.

Posted April 5th, 2016

Trump and the Republican Open Letter on Foreign Policy

There is not even a brief acknowledgement that Republican foreign policy failures have helped Trump succeed.

Posted March 3rd, 2016

The U.S. Doesn’t “Need” to “Stand With” the Saudis

The U.S. has been consistently taking the side of the Saudis, but it shouldn’t be.

Posted January 5th, 2016

Hawks Always Want to Escalate a Conflict Somewhere

Arming Ukraine has always been a lousy idea, but it is even worse now.

Posted October 7th, 2015

“Leadership” and the Warped Morality of Interventionists

Interventionists are generally indifferent to the catastrophes and humanitarian crises caused by U.S. “leadership” and action.

Posted September 9th, 2015