Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Robert Kagan”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The nuclear deal raised Iranians’ hopes. Now they’re focused on survival. Jasmin …

Posted March 29th, 2019

Hegemonists Need a Bogeyman

Kagan’s crusading ideology requires a grand enemy to crusade against, and when there isn’t one available it has to be cobbled together from whatever happens to be available.

Posted March 29th, 2019

The U.S. Shouldn’t Seek New ‘Ideological Confrontations’ Abroad

Kagan wants the U.S. to take a more confrontational approach to dealing with Russia and China, and in order to sell that today he has to dress it up as something more than the destructive and costly pursuit of hegemony that he has been pushing for decades.

Posted March 17th, 2019

The ‘Springtime for Strongmen’ and the Myth of Retrenchment

Kagan is eager to tie the fortunes of liberal democracy around the world to the extent of U.S. involvement abroad, but the former doesn’t actually depend on the latter.

Posted January 23rd, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Making up monsters to destroy. Damir Marusic reviews Robert Kagan’s The Jungle …

Posted January 18th, 2019

Threat Inflation and The Jungle Grows Back

The problem for these ideologues is that “the jungle” isn’t relentlessly taking over in most parts of the world, and the role of machete-wielder they want the U.S. to fill isn’t really necessary for our security.

Posted January 15th, 2019

‘World Order’ and the Need for Restraint

It is difficult to take Kagan’s warnings about a recent breakdown in order seriously when he and other interventionists like him have been hammering away at that order for at least twenty years.

Posted October 10th, 2018

The ‘Liberal Order’ Myth and Its Critics

Kagan’s strident defense of the “liberal order” and his record of supporting repeated U.S. violations of international law serve as a perfect example of the myopia that the critics of “liberal order” mythology are decrying.

Posted September 28th, 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

‘World Order’ and the Myth of ‘Retreat’

The interventionists like Kagan that celebrate the “world order” most enthusiastically have made a habit of undermining and violating it more than most, and the “retreat” that they keep warning us about never seems to happen.

Posted September 10th, 2018

The Revenge of the ‘Blob’

If this is the best that the foreign policy establishment can offer, they are in bigger trouble than I thought.

Posted February 22nd, 2017

What Would Being a ‘Normal Nation’ Mean?

If the U.S. were becoming “normal,” we would expect it to stop fighting unnecessary wars on the other side of the world.

Posted November 21st, 2016

Arming Rebels Doesn’t Work (II)

Kagan ignores the costs of U.S. backing for foreign insurgencies.

Posted November 3rd, 2014

Kagan’s Ahistorical Alarmism

It takes an ideologue or a con-man (or both) to look at the modern world and conclude that we are reliving the 1930s.

Posted September 8th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Forgetting Tiananmen Square. Benjamin Read reviews Louisa Lim’s The People’s Republic of …

Posted June 6th, 2014

U.S. “Indispensability” and Alarmism

David Ignatius dismisses current charges of U.S. “retreat” and recalls the mostly …

Posted June 4th, 2014

The Folly of “World Order Maintenance”

While re-reading Kagan’s needlessly long essay on hegemony, I came across this …

Posted June 4th, 2014