Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Robert Kagan”

‘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

Taking Credit For Peace Where It’s Not Due

Kagan insists that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the …

Posted May 27th, 2014

Kagan and Foreign Policy Failures

Kagan makes another dubious claim in his essay on hegemony: Any nation’s …

Posted May 27th, 2014

Americans Won’t Keep Supporting Unnecessary and Costly “World Order Maintenance”

Maintaining U.S. hegemony is unpopular at home, and counterproductive abroad.

Posted May 27th, 2014

Kagan and the Delusions of American Hawks

Robert Kagan must be kidding: So we return to the paradox: President …

Posted March 27th, 2014

The Awful “Credibility” Argument That Won’t Die

Robert Kagan trots out the very unpersuasive “credibility” argument once again: As …

Posted February 27th, 2014

Pushing the Foreign Policy Debate in the Direction of Restraint

Greg Scoblete continues the discussion on Kagan and Rand Paul: The problem …

Posted February 8th, 2013