Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Ukraine”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

In defense of nothing. Jeremy and Shapiro use the administration’s decision to …

Posted December 22nd, 2017

The Mindless Hawkishness of Arming Ukraine

The U.S. will find itself caught in a fruitless and unnecessary competition with another major power that has far more at stake in the conflict.

Posted December 20th, 2017

Trump’s ‘Recognition of Reality’

Giving formal recognition to one side’s claim while completely ignoring the other isn’t a “recognition” of reality.

Posted December 7th, 2017

Trump Would Be a Fool to Arm Ukraine

Trump is unusually susceptible to hawkish demands to do irresponsible and destructive things.

Posted November 22nd, 2017

The Perils of Arming Ukraine

Advocates of arming Ukraine minimize the potential risks of their proposal while exaggerating the benefits that it will produce.

Posted October 11th, 2017

The Extraordinary Folly of Arming Ukraine

The proposal to send “lethal aid” to Ukraine has no merit.

Posted October 9th, 2017

The Enormous Folly of Arming Ukraine

The effect would be to cause more instability and violence mostly at Ukraine’s expense.

Posted August 8th, 2017

Arming Ukraine Is Still Folly

Sending more weapons into Ukraine risks reigniting and escalating the conflict at the same time that it deepens U.S. involvement in it.

Posted August 1st, 2017

Realism Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Reclaimed’

“Reclaiming” realism means dubbing hard-line policies as realist and throwing most actual realist arguments out the window.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

Interventionism and Ignorance Revisited

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that less knowledge about a foreign country corresponds with a preference for more destructive and irresponsible policies.

Posted May 15th, 2017

Ukraine and the Cult of ‘Resolve’

Rasmussen treats a difficult political and military problem as if it were simply a matter of having enough “resolve.”

Posted March 23rd, 2017

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument and Hawkish Whining

“Credibility” arguments are very often nothing more than hawkish whining that they didn’t win the policy argument here at home.

Posted February 1st, 2017

Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

If Tillerson thinks the U.S. should have armed Ukraine in 2014, that doesn’t reflect well on his judgment.

Posted January 11th, 2017

Obama’s Rhetorical Excess and U.S. Foreign Policy

One recurring theme in Obama’s foreign policy decisions is that he leaves a huge gap between his speeches and the policies he is actually prepared to carry out.

Posted January 10th, 2017

Obama’s Misguided Indulgence of U.S. Client States

Obama has gone out of his way to try to placate and indulge them even when they behave appallingly.

Posted January 3rd, 2017

The Folly of Arming Ukraine Revisited

No U.S. interests are served by taking sides in this conflict, and the U.S. has no obligation to take sides.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Another Pointless Round of NATO Expansion

Adding Montenegro to NATO is unnecessary and serves no real purpose.

Posted December 6th, 2016