Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

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

Erdogan’s Gift to Bolton

Erdogan’s snub is the perfect gift for Bolton and for the other Iran hawks that want an excuse to keep our illegal war in Syria going a while longer.

Posted January 8th, 2019

Pompeo’s Shameless Pro-Saudi Speech

Holding up the Saudis as an example to follow on human rights and the rule of law would be a bad joke at the best of times.

Posted January 7th, 2019

Bolton’s Syria Conditions Are Designed to Prevent U.S. Withdrawal

Bolton’s conditions are designed to make withdrawal practically impossible for the foreseeable future.

Posted January 6th, 2019

Bolton Won’t Give Up on Illegal War in Syria

If the U.S. can’t extricate its forces quickly from a country where the military has no authorization to use force and no mandate to be there, it is hard to see how the U.S. will ever be able to leave any of the places it has been at war in recent years.

Posted January 5th, 2019

Romney’s Hawkish Boilerplate

The senator is returning to the inane foreign policy platform that he ran and lost on in 2012.

Posted January 3rd, 2019

Graham and Our Confused Syria Policy

It can’t be stressed enough how unnecessary and illegal an American military presence in Syria is.

Posted December 31st, 2018

Mattis and Our Bankrupt Iran Policy

Mattis’ departure removes one of the only counterweights inside the administration to the much more rabid Persophobes in Bolton and Pompeo.

Posted December 31st, 2018

The Cruelty of Sanctions

Imposing sanctions is a cruel tactic, and worse than that it is typically a useless one.

Posted December 26th, 2018

Where Is This ‘Post-American Middle East’ You Speak Of?

If this is a “post-American” region, what would one heavily influenced by the U.S. look like?

Posted December 26th, 2018

Syria and the ‘Jacksonians’

The people Mead insists on calling “Jacksonians” are generally hawkish, but it doesn’t follow that they subscribe to all of the assumptions of elite Iran and Russia hawks.

Posted December 26th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Why Trump is right to withdraw troops. Doug Bandow makes the case …

Posted December 21st, 2018

Mattis Resigns

The next Defense Secretary is less likely to resist Trump’s belligerent tendencies, and he is more likely to indulge the president’s worst impulses.

Posted December 20th, 2018

Live by Illegal Presidential Warfare, Die by Presidential Whim

When Congress acquiesces in presidential decisions to start illegal wars, they can’t very well complain when a president suddenly decides to end one.

Posted December 19th, 2018

Withdrawal from Syria? Don’t Bet On It

I assume that the withdrawal still won’t happen because it would mean breaking with the GOP’s Iran hawks on a major issue, and so far he has done whatever they wanted.

Posted December 19th, 2018