Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

‘A Truly Spectacular Ally’: Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy

He grossly exaggerates the importance of Saudi Arabia for our economy, and then considers them a “truly spectacular” ally because of the exaggerated role he has invented in his own mind.

Posted November 17th, 2018

Trump’s Record of Failure in the Middle East

It has needlessly escalated conflicts, inflicted collective punishment on tens of millions of people and damaged U.S. interests and our national reputation.

Posted October 18th, 2018

Trump Isn’t ‘Laying the Foundation’ for Greater Foreign Policy Restraint

Trump engages in the same selective outrage and moralizing when he wants to, and he has even ordered military action as a result.

Posted October 17th, 2018

Trump’s Unrealistic and Unwise Syria Policy

The administration’s goal is, as usual, every bit as unrealistic as it is unrelated to U.S. interests.

Posted October 16th, 2018

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the Forever War in Syria

It can’t be emphasized strongly enough that U.S. forces have no authorization to be in Syria for any reason.

Posted September 30th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Be outraged by America’s role in Yemen’s misery. Nicholas Kristof denounces U.S. …

Posted September 28th, 2018

Misunderstanding Trump’s Foreign Policy

To argue that progressives want to “out-Trump Trump” on foreign policy requires promoting unfounded caricatures of both.

Posted September 26th, 2018

Trump’s Forever War in Syria

The administration’s position on Syria commits the U.S. to an unending war in a country where they are not authorized to be.

Posted September 24th, 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

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

“The Trump administration is defying and lying to Congress.” Oxfam responds to …

Posted September 14th, 2018

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Five Years Later

It is perhaps fitting that belief in the “credibility” argument is itself essentially an article of faith for a certain kind of foreign policy analyst.

Posted September 13th, 2018

No U.S. Interests Are Served by Trump’s Endless, Illegal War in Syria

The Trump administration is risking war with as many as three foreign governments.

Posted September 11th, 2018

A Third Attack on Syria Would Be Just as Illegal as the Last Two

The Trump administration would be wrong to launch more airstrikes on the Syrian government, and it has absolutely no authority to do so under the Constitution.

Posted September 11th, 2018

The Costs of Misunderstanding Our Adversaries

The failure of so many of our policymakers to acknowledge that other states have legitimate interests and agency of their own leads us down the same dead-end road of confrontation and unnecessary conflict.

Posted September 7th, 2018

Trump’s Iran Stunt and ‘International Order’

The Trump administration has absolutely no credibility to chide any other government about lack of respect for international order when it has made a habit of running roughshod over it.

Posted September 7th, 2018

Our Endless, Illegal War in Syria

An open-ended military mission to police part of Syria and oppose Iranian influence is dangerous, unnecessary, and not in the American interest.

Posted September 6th, 2018

Trump’s Reckless Syria Threat

The president is putting the U.S. in the absurd position of risking war with at least three governments for the sake of the remnants of an insurgency that has already lost.

Posted September 4th, 2018