Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

Trump’s Terrible Golan Heights Recognition Decision

Recognizing Israeli sovereignty over land that it seized during a war the U.S. is sending a potentially very dangerous message to governments all around the world.

Posted March 21st, 2019

The Myth of Western ‘Non-Involvement’ in Syria

Just as one would expect, the more outside interventions by other governments there were the longer and bloodier the war became.

Posted March 18th, 2019

An Illegal War in Syria That Just Won’t End

At the rate things are going, there will probably be more U.S. troops in Syria at the end of Trump’s term than there were at the beginning.

Posted March 17th, 2019

Our Illegal Syrian War Drags On

Even when Trump might initially make a defensible foreign policy decision, he is so malleable, unprincipled, and easily swayed by his hawkish advisers that he always backtracks and gives in to much or all of what they want.

Posted March 5th, 2019

Bolton’s Growing Influence

The National Security Advisor is horrible at his official job of organizing and running a competent policy process, but he has been able to exploit the ensuing dysfunction to advance his own agenda.

Posted March 4th, 2019

Our Foreign Meddling Addiction

Many Americans are now so accustomed to having their government interfere in other countries’ affairs that they have come to expect it and eventually to demand it when it isn’t immediately forthcoming.

Posted February 26th, 2019

Our Illegal War in Syria Goes On

Leaving behind a residual force puts them at risk for no good reason.

Posted February 21st, 2019

Netanyahu’s War Talk

Netanyahu seems to be trying to create the illusion of broader regional support for possible escalation against Iran in Syria and Lebanon.

Posted February 13th, 2019

The Irrational Fear Behind Perpetual War

Perhaps the biggest reason for U.S. overcommitment is our tendency to give in to irrational fears that manageable threats are existential ones.

Posted January 31st, 2019

Trump’s Very Unpopular Foreign Policy

The public can also see that Trump has had hardly any significant successes overseas since he took office.

Posted January 28th, 2019

The Foreign Policy Establishment Loves Trump’s ‘Do Somethingism’

When Trump and the foreign policy establishment see eye to eye on something, that is a warning that the policy in question is profoundly flawed in some way.

Posted January 28th, 2019

The Forever War in Syria and the Iran Obsession

The illegal war in Syria seems set to drag on.

Posted January 26th, 2019

Venezuela Is Not Trump’s ‘First’ Intervention

To believe that this week marks a “sharp departure” from a previously non-interventionist foreign policy requires ignoring many of Trump’s biggest and most high-profile decisions.

Posted January 25th, 2019

How ‘President Bolton’ Gets His Way

So long as he doesn’t clash openly with Trump or brag about his influence, Bolton is allowed to craft the foreign policy he desires regardless of what Trump occasionally says or tweets.

Posted January 21st, 2019

The Push to Get Rid of Bolton

If Bolton is “under attack” from within the administration, it is because he has behaved with the same recklessness and incompetence that characterize his preferred policies overseas.

Posted January 14th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Annotation of the Pentagon report to Congress on detainee abuse by U.S. …

Posted January 11th, 2019

How the Hawks Prevailed on Syria

It is extremely difficult for hawks to lose an internal administration debate when there is no one in the administration that opposes hawkish policies.

Posted January 9th, 2019