Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Rick Perry”

No One Wants to Be the Anti-Trump Protest Candidate

There don’t seem to be any volunteers for this role because everyone can see how pointless the exercise would be

Posted May 11th, 2016

How the GOP Ended Up with Too Many 2016 Candidates

Movement conservatives have an odd habit of trying to promote new political talent too quickly.

Posted April 14th, 2016

The Anti-Trump ‘Plan’ for a Huge Democratic Victory

The candidate drafted to run in an anti-Trump independent campaign would have a thankless task.

Posted March 21st, 2016

Republicans and the Libyan War

Like many other hawks, Perry discovers only in hindsight that an unnecessary war for regime change might have been in error.

Posted June 23rd, 2015

Perry and Hawkish Illusions of Control

The last thing that the U.S. needs is to have a president with an exaggerated belief in the ability of the U.S. to “shape” the politics of other nations.

Posted June 23rd, 2015

Perry’s Reckless Foreign Policy

Perry is shamelessly rewriting the history of the Iraq war.

Posted June 4th, 2015

Four More Pointless Campaigns Are About to Begin

The effect of these minor candidacies will be to bleed off support from the others at the margins.

Posted May 26th, 2015

The GOP’s Debate Conundrum (II)

The GOP has this debate problem in part because it encourages activists and voters to believe that the party is overflowing with potential presidents.

Posted May 26th, 2015

Why We Should Believe Candidates’ Foreign Policy Pledges

If Republican presidential candidates say they intend to scrap a nuclear deal as soon as they have the chance, we should not doubt that they mean to do this.

Posted April 16th, 2015

Perry’s Iran Folly

If we wanted to embitter another generation of Iranians against our government, we would do exactly as Perry wished.

Posted April 7th, 2015

Rubio Isn’t an “Upper Tier” Candidate

Rubio wants to fill a role in the 2016 field that is already being filled without him.

Posted February 16th, 2015

Clinton and Foreign Policy Experience

Obama’s would-be Republican successors are preparing to attack his former Secretary of State with an argument that Obama used against her.

Posted February 11th, 2015

The Hawkish Marriage of Ignorance and Excessive Ambition

Republican hawks have little or no understanding of these issues, but that doesn’t stop them from advocating for a far more aggressive, ambitious foreign policy.

Posted January 20th, 2015

Previewing the Possible 2016 Republican Presidential Field

The 2016 Republican seems set up to be mostly filled with governors and ex-governors.

Posted November 10th, 2014

Perry’s Stale Foreign Policy

Perry’s latest foreign policy remarks are tone-deaf and foolish.

Posted October 28th, 2014

“Instinctive Militarism” and Republican Foreign Policy Reform

Edward Luce offers an optimistic asssessment of the chances for Republican foreign …

Posted August 4th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The war for the “Greater Middle East.” Andrew Bacevich summarizes the reasons …

Posted July 18th, 2014