Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Soviet Union”

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

Despots and Double Standards

Whatever one thinks of the merits of Kirkpatrick’s original argument, it is doubtful that she would have approved of Pompeo’s fawning treatment of the Saudi government.

Posted December 3rd, 2018

George H.W. Bush, R.I.P.

Bush got many of the big foreign policy questions right during his presidency, but he also made some important mistakes.

Posted December 1st, 2018

There Is No ‘Victory’ in Seeking Regime Change in Iran

A policy founded on this many shoddy assumptions can’t succeed, but the more important point is that we shouldn’t want it to succeed.

Posted October 30th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

America can ends its complicity in the war on Yemen. Michael Hanna …

Posted October 26th, 2018

Stop Comparing Iran to the USSR

The question that Kagan never asks or answers is why the U.S. needs a “victory strategy” against Iran in the first place.

Posted August 21st, 2018

The Case for Normalizing Relations with Iran

It is extremely strange that our governments do not have normal relations after all this time.

Posted August 7th, 2018

Revisiting the Elder Bush’s Kiev Speech

Hawkish objections to Bush’s Kiev speech were petty and short-sighted when they were first made, and they still are today.

Posted February 5th, 2018

We Don’t Need a ‘Reagan Doctrine’ for Iran

A “Reagan Doctrine” for Iran would most likely lead to pointless bloodshed and deeper repression.

Posted January 25th, 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

‘Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies’ Is a Gangster’s Motto, Not a Foreign Policy Rule

Many U.S. clients don’t deserve to be rewarded, and in some cases indulging them just encourages them to be reckless and implicates us in their excesses and wrongdoing.

Posted February 6th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The folly of expanding draft registration. John Allen Gay sees no reason …

Posted February 12th, 2016

The Most Awful and Absurd Foreign Policy Quotes from 2015

Micah Zenko presents his list of the 20 “best worst” quotes from …

Posted December 30th, 2015

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

Reagan and the Nuclear Deal

Iran hawks will still find extraneous reasons to object to the deal because it doesn’t and can’t achieve results it was never intended to achieve.

Posted July 20th, 2015

Graham’s Iran Panic

All of the regimes that hard-liners have assumed could not be deterred have been far more concerned with self-preservation and survival.

Posted June 30th, 2015

Jindal’s Dangerous Rejection of Containment

Jindal sets an impossible foreign policy goal.

Posted June 24th, 2015