Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

U.S. ‘Disengagement’ from the Middle East Is a Myth

Foreign policy pundits have been bemoaning American “retreat” from the region for at least the last decade, and yet the U.S. is still ensnared in unnecessary foreign conflicts in Syria and Yemen with no apparent end in sight.

Posted August 15th, 2018

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018

Syria and Trump’s Iran Obsession

U.S. involvement in Syria remains an open-ended, unnecessary mission.

Posted July 15th, 2018

Pompeo’s Breathtaking Arrogance

If Iran has no business in Syria, the U.S. certainly doesn’t have any business keeping troops there.

Posted July 11th, 2018

The Iran Obsession and the Helsinki Summit

The administration is once again subordinating U.S. policy to the preferences of its reckless clients in the region.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Bogus War Powers Claim

The president has no authority to order an attack against a government that has not attacked the U.S. or U.S. forces.

Posted June 4th, 2018

Unreasonable Demands from an Undiplomatic Administration

No government could agree to the terms Pompeo laid out for Iran without effectively surrendering their sovereignty and independence.

Posted May 25th, 2018

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Continues

It bears repeating that Congress has never authorized any U.S. forces to be in Syria for any reason.

Posted April 30th, 2018

Don’t Fall for Netanyahu’s Propaganda

Netanyahu has every incentive to lie about the nuclear deal right now to make sure that Trump reneges on it.

Posted April 30th, 2018

Our Useless Clients and Trump’s Misguided Plan for Syria

It would be a terrible mistake to invite these governments to occupy Syrian territory in any case.

Posted April 28th, 2018

Trump’s ‘Strong and Lasting Footprint’ in Syria Means Indefinite Occupation

If the U.S. leaves a “strong and lasting footprint” in Syria, that implies that there will be some U.S. forces there indefinitely.

Posted April 24th, 2018

Trump Should End the Illegal U.S. Military Presence in Syria

It would be a stupid waste of resources, money, and manpower to illegally occupy northeastern Syria in perpetuity.

Posted April 20th, 2018

Friedman’s Fear-mongering About Iran

Friedman is echoing Saudi propaganda used to justify their atrocious war on Yemen.

Posted April 18th, 2018

Trump’s Misguided Plan for ‘Stabilizing’ Syria

The U.S. should remove its forces from Syria as quickly as possible, but it is fanciful to think that regional clients are going to put up the soldiers and funding to replace them.

Posted April 16th, 2018

No, Trump Is Not a ‘Realist’

Realist is probably the most overused and misused label in foreign policy discourse today.

Posted April 16th, 2018

Syria Is Not Ours to ‘Turn Over’ to Anyone

Syria was never ours to “turn over” to anyone else, and it never will be.

Posted April 16th, 2018

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Returns

The danger is that the president listens to some version of these garbage arguments and concludes that he needs to “do more” by launching larger attacks.

Posted April 16th, 2018