Author Archives: Daniel Larison

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.

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the War on Yemen

Putting Yemen “front and center” in an Iran strategy shows just how little the administration knows about Yemen and how readily they will exaggerate Iran’s role anywhere in the region.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

McCain’s tired dogma. Andrew Bacevich responds to John McCain’s Liberty Medal speech. …

Trump’s Foreign Policy of Drift and Neglect

The routine work of maintaining relationships with other governments is allowed to fall by the wayside.

The Absurd Reason Why Chad Was Included in the Travel Ban

Chad’s inclusion has driven home just how arbitrary and unreasonable the policy is.

McMaster’s Irresponsible and Alarming North Korea Remarks

Insisting on denuclearization as the only acceptable outcome with North Korea puts the U.S. and North Korea on an unnecessary collision course that could very easily lead to war.

McCain and American Ideals

Americans shouldn’t have to choose between “half-baked, spurious nationalism” and the irresponsible interventionism identified with McCain.

Iran Hawks Can’t Stop Lying About the Nuclear Deal

Our government is risking harm to our relations with allies by lying about the nuclear deal.

A Setback for the Preposterous Travel Ban

The inclusion of Chad has illustrated just how preposterous the ban is.

Puerto Rico’s Health Crisis

Puerto Rico is at risk of suffering a major public health disaster.

End the Wrecking and Starving of Yemen

If it is left up to the executive, U.S. support for the war will never end, and that is why Congress must assert itself to end our involvement.

The Wrecking of the State Department Hasn’t Stopped

Career department officials can be forgiven for assuming that the purpose of gutting the department has been to make it so useless that it can be ignored.

The U.S. Needs to Disentangle Itself from Iraq

The U.S. should be trying to extricate itself from Iraq as quickly as it can.

Puerto Rico’s Environmental Crisis

Puerto Rico is facing a large-scale environmental crisis, and the government needs to make many more resources available as quickly as possible.

The Absurdity of a ‘Better’ Nuclear Deal

One major flaw in all of the proposals for “improving” the nuclear deal is that no one can explain why Iran would ever accept any changes.

Haass’ Dangerous Proposal for Kurdistan

Less than 24 hours after the eruption of fighting between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi government, we are already hearing proposals from high-profile people to throw weapons at the problem.

Netanyahu’s Dishonesty and Delusion on the Nuclear Deal

Obviously no deal could ever satisfy Netanyahu.

Fighting Erupts in Kirkuk

The U.S. has limited influence and may not be able to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

McMaster’s Spin Discredits Him

McMaster might as well just declare that evidence is irrelevant to the making of administration policy.

Rubio’s Ignorant Fear-mongering on the Nuclear Deal

Denouncing the JCPOA as the “21st century equivalent to Munich” is just about the crudest, most ignorant fear-mongering conceivable.

Trump’s Abysmal Iran Speech

The speech confirmed that the U.S. is going to stay stuck in the same rut of fruitless antagonism with Iran for many years to come.

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