Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Roger Cohen”

Realism and Its Discontents

It is neither moral nor wise for the U.S. to pick sides in a foreign civil war, and virtually all realists warned against U.S. involvement in Syria from the start.

Posted January 12th, 2016

The Hawks Who Cried “Existential Threat”

Describing something as an “existential threat” is the worst and most irresponsible kind of threat inflation.

Posted December 10th, 2015

Escalating the War on ISIS Is a Mistake

The burden of proof is on the advocates of more aggressive measures, and they are failing to show that these will produce the desired results.

Posted November 16th, 2015

The Interventionists’ Lack of Imagination

The inability or unwillingness to imagine how things could be even worse in Syria is related to the refusal to accept that U.S. military action in Syria almost certainly would make things there worse.

Posted October 16th, 2015

The Cheap Moralizing of the Interventionists

The interventionist argument is long on cheap moralizing and short on sober reflection.

Posted February 10th, 2015

Americans Aren’t “Hard-Wired” for American Exceptionalism

We should be wary of anyone that attempts to explain the behavior of states with claims about what entire nations are “hard-wired” to do.

Posted October 20th, 2014

ISIS and the “Red Line”

The most absurd attempt yet to blame everything undesirable that has happened in the last year on not enforcing the “red line” in Syria.

Posted August 26th, 2014

There Is Still No Foreign Policy “Paradox”

Roger Cohen once again repeats a tiresome argument: Yet many seem to …

Posted August 19th, 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

There Is No Foreign Policy “Paradox”

Roger Cohen recycles a bizarre idea: The president who is delivering the …

Posted June 6th, 2014

Fixing the U.S.-Brazil Relationship

Roger Cohen makes the case for an improved U.S.-Brazilian relationship in a …

Posted April 21st, 2014

Would Russia Sabotage Diplomacy With Iran?

Roger Cohen repeats a very strange assumption: But, some say, a firm …

Posted March 21st, 2014

The “Anchorless World” Panic

Roger Cohen’s latest column is one long exercise in hyperbole. This passage …

Posted September 13th, 2013

The Misleading “Credibility” Obsession

Rajan Menon notes how often the debate over attacking Syria becomes an …

Posted September 5th, 2013

Don’t Weep for the “Special” Relationship

Roger Cohen’s lament for the “special” relationship is as absurd an overreaction …

Posted August 30th, 2013

Tolerating “Unconscionable” Violence in Egypt

Roger Cohen laments the “debacle” in Egypt, and then proposes that the …

Posted August 19th, 2013

The Latest “Freedom Agenda” Revisionism (II)

Roger Cohen seems to have missed the point of Romney’s “freedom agenda” …

Posted August 6th, 2012