Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Syria”

Nikki Haley’s Foreign Policy ‘Principles’ and China

She presents this fantasy of principled foreign policy behavior to support her argument for a more aggressive and confrontational China policy that the U.S. can’t afford and doesn’t need.

Posted July 21st, 2019

‘Credibility’ Is Just an Excuse to Launch Attacks

Like a trigger-happy vigilante, our government uses force all the time for any reason and frequently for no good reason at all. “Credibility” is just the most convenient excuse.

Posted July 3rd, 2019

We Must End the Endless Wars

There is no “going back” to the 1930s for any number of reasons, but it is ridiculous and deeply ignorant to suggest that extricating the U.S. from its numerous wars of choice will take us back there.

Posted June 29th, 2019

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Rides Again

All of the same painfully stupid arguments are back, and they have only gotten worse with repetition.

Posted June 23rd, 2019

The Pointless Jerusalem ‘Summit’

This meeting in Jerusalem will make for a curious photo op, but it isn’t going to produce anything significant.

Posted June 5th, 2019

Pompeo’s Golan Heights Nonsense

Pompeo and Friedman’s op-ed supporting the administration’s support of flouting international law is a joke.

Posted May 15th, 2019

Debunking the Administration’s Iran Hysteria

The current administration has lied so often and so brazenly about so many things, especially as it relates to Iran, that we have to assume that they are making things up again to create a crisis

Posted May 14th, 2019

The Costs of the Cruel Travel Ban

The next president should make reversing this ban a priority.

Posted May 8th, 2019

Trump’s Misguided Venezuela and Cuba Policies

As usual, Mead fails to grasp that this is proof that Trump’s aggressive policies are reckless and harmful to U.S. interests.

Posted April 23rd, 2019

The Shameful Yemen Veto and Trump’s Foreign Policy

His Yemen veto shows that he will do everything he can to keep an unjust and horrific war going for as long as possible when it is within his power to end U.S. involvement.

Posted April 18th, 2019

‘Self-Defense’ Doesn’t Legitimize Illegal Annexation

If we start to make exceptions to that rule, the rule will very quickly fall apart and many states will conclude that they can get away with seizing territory from their neighbors.

Posted April 1st, 2019

Don’t Mention the ‘Red Line’

U.S. “credibility” is not in danger if Trump doesn’t back up his reckless Venezuela rhetoric. U.S. interests will definitely be harmed if he chooses to back up that rhetoric with aggressive action.

Posted April 1st, 2019

Threat Inflation and the Iran Obsession

One of the recurring problems in our foreign policy debates is that pundits and policymakers get into the habit of treating minor, manageable threats to other states on the other side of the world as major, existential threats to us.

Posted March 25th, 2019

Trump’s Golan Heights Decision Is the Denial of Reality

The excuse that the president merely “recognized reality” is as insulting as it is false.

Posted March 24th, 2019

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