Daniel Larison
A daily blog on foreign policy and international affairs by Daniel Larison
Created 27 Jul 2020
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  • Don't Look to Colombia to Bring 'Order' to the Region
    04 Aug 2021about 20 hours ago • < 1 min read • 3 3
    James Stavridis looks at political crises in the Caribbean and South America and sees an opportunity for the U.S. and Colombia to impose “order.” His main policy recommendation makes no sense and woul...
  • A Tale of Two Endless Wars
    04 Aug 2021about 20 hours ago • < 1 min read • 3 3
    David Ignatius tells a very convenient story: The Biden administration, after a rushed and chaotic withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan, is taking a more careful and successful approach i...
  • Answering a Misguided Polemic Against Restraint
    03 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 6 10
    Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry have written a long article in Survival criticizing foreign policy restraint in general and the Quincy Institute in particular. (Full disclosure: I regularly write...
  • Occupations and Double Standards
    02 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 2
    Peter Beinart has written a good piece reflecting on the common “double standards” charge that is often leveled against people that focus their criticism on Israel’s illegal occupation and the Israeli...
  • How Misinformation Poisons the Iran Debate
    01 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 12 4
    Shibley Telhami describes the findings of a new University of Maryland Critical Issues poll taken earlier this summer. There are a number of interesting results from the survey, but perhaps the most s...
  • Rubio's Dimwitted Trolling and the State of the Republican Party
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 3
    Marco Rubio thought he had found an easy way to mock the Biden administration by whining about the Defense Secretary’s decision to wear a face shield upon his arrival in the Philippines. Then it turne...
  • It's Good to End a War of Choice
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 2
    Jonah Goldberg is unhappy that the U.S. is finally ending an unwinnable war in Afghanistan: Well, giving up an air base, multiple listening posts and an allied government at the cross section of Centr...
  • Stop Looking for Reasons to Clash with Iran
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 2
    A new Bloomberg editorial calls for “confronting” threats from Iran’s missiles and proxies, but never explains why the U.S. should be doing this: What seems clear, though, is that the U.S. is unlikely...
  • Haitians Don't Want What the Interventionists Are Selling
    28 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 12 3
    The Washington Post really, really wants outside intervention in Haiti: There is no way for Haiti to pull itself out of the current morass without elections that would certify and legitimize a new gov...
  • The Nord Stream 2 Panic and Biden's 'Capitulation'
    26 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 3
    Kiron Skinner and Russell Berman rend their garments over Biden’s “capitulation” to Angela Merkel when he chose not to impose sanctions on Germany over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline: The recent decision ...