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About Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter.

The Insanity of a ‘Limited’ Attack on North Korea

The idea that the U.S. can give North Korea a “bloody nose” without provoking significant retaliation seems to be based on nothing more than wishful thinking.

Spinning the Saudi Menace

Iran hawks cannot honestly describe what the Saudis are doing in the region.

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

Our political culture’s abject deference to presidential power on matters of war makes it easy for presidents to get away with these things.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

How the U.S. is making the war in Yemen worse. Nicolas Niarchos …

The Disgraceful U.S. Enabling Role in the War on Yemen

There is no justification for what the Saudi-led coalition has been doing to Yemen with our government’s backing.

The ‘Blob’ Thrives on the Myth of ‘Retreat’

Every president presides over a very activist and hawkish foreign policy, but for many hard-liners and interventionists of different stripes it is never enough.

The Outrageous Plan to Keep U.S. Troops in Syria Indefinitely

A continued U.S. presence in Syria is both illegal and unwarranted.

The Baseless Fear of Iranian ‘Hegemony’

Conjuring up the specter of Iran as a possible regional hegemon is worse than threat inflation. It is threat invention.

The War on Yemen and Trump’s Distorting Iran Obsession

Trump dresses up an indefensible policy as something very different from what it is and hopes that no one is paying close enough attention to notice the deception.

Trump’s Ridiculous Ultimatum on the Nuclear Deal

Trump wants to trash U.S. international commitments and break faith with some of our most important allies on a major issue, but he doesn’t want to be blamed for the costs that will impose on the U.S.

Trump’s ‘Saudi First’ Foreign Policy

Backing one set of rivals to the hilt against their enemies guarantees that the U.S. will continue to be mired in endless conflicts that have nothing to do with American security.

Trump’s Meaningless ‘Support’ for the Iranian People

Trump’s “support” for the people of Iran is shown to be empty by all of his administration’s other actions and statements.

Some Personal News

My apologies to my readers for being away for the last week. …

Reviewing Trump’s 2017 Foreign Policy Record

Here’s a hint: It’s pretty abysmal.

Haley and the Trump Administration’s Contempt for Diplomacy

There is no more obvious non-starter than demanding that the other side surrender before negotiations even begin.

Trump, Iran, and ‘Moral Clarity’

“Moral clarity” is the phrase that is used whenever someone in Washington wants to denounce adversaries for actions that he ignores or excuses when they are committed by governments on “our” side.

Mattis and the War on Yemen

The quickest and best way for our government to reduce the number of Yemeni civilians killed by the coalition is to withhold all U.S. military assistance from the coalition.

Trump’s Iran Obsession Discredits Him

It isn’t possible to show unremitting hostility to Iran at every turn without inflicting harm on the people of Iran, and Trump’s policies prove that.

The Iranian Protests

It would be far wiser and better for the U.S. and the Iranian people if our government allowed events in Iran to unfold without comment from Washington.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Italian bombs, Yemeni deaths: tracking the global arms trade. Malachy Browne, Barbara …

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