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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.

State Department Report Whitewashes Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Our government has been aiding and abetting Saudi coalition war crimes for three years straight. The administration doesn’t want people knowing that, and that is why the State Department’s report says nothing about these crimes.

Trump’s North Korea Fantasy

The president’s latest statement shows how oblivious Trump and his advisers remain to the pitfalls of approaching the meeting with unrealistic expectations.

The Danger of Unrealistic Goals for North Korea Diplomacy

The gap between the U.S. and North Korean positions does not appear to have narrowed at all.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Senators offer up unprecedented war powers to the president. Kelley Vlahos reports …

Trump Should End the Illegal U.S. Military Presence in Syria

It would be a stupid waste of resources, money, and manpower to illegally occupy northeastern Syria in perpetuity.

The Bad Arguments for Trump’s Terrible Nominee for State

If a nominee is considered to be so toxic that a majority of the relevant committee can’t bring themselves to vote for him, doesn’t that suggest that the fault for the unprecedented repudiation rests with the nominee or with the president who nominated him?

Pompeo Isn’t Qualified and Shouldn’t Be Confirmed

His critics have objected to his preference for resorting to force, his disdain for diplomacy, his hostility to the nuclear deal, his bias against Muslims, and his past record of supporting disastrous wars and torture.

Why Tillerson Failed

Tillerson took a job he wasn’t prepared for, didn’t understand, and couldn’t be bothered to do well.

Report: Haspel ‘Ran’ Program That Tortured Detainees

The fact that she was responsible for torturing any detainees disqualifies her, and now it appears that she was responsible for even more of it than we thought.

Friedman’s Fear-mongering About Iran

Friedman is echoing Saudi propaganda used to justify their atrocious war on Yemen.

Hard-liners Are Desperate to Save Pompeo’s Nomination

The bottom line is that Pompeo is not qualified to be Secretary of State.

Celebrating 15 Years of TAC

The American Conservative is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. The magazine will be …

Reneging on the Nuclear Deal Is Irrational and Destructive

Short of starting a war, it is arguably the single-most harmful decision Trump could make, and as Corker said he is “perfectly fine” with making it.

Reject the Corker-Kaine AUMF

Perhaps the only thing worse than Congress’ failure to do its job as a check on the executive is when it pretends to do that job by becoming the president’s rubber stamp.

The Senate Should Still Reject Pompeo

It would be a serious mistake for the Senate to confirm a nominee with no relevant experience and no understanding of diplomacy to be our top diplomat.

The U.S. Is Still Enabling Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

The coalition uses the weapons and refueling that the U.S. provides to deprive displaced people of clean drinking water.

Trump’s Misguided Plan for ‘Stabilizing’ Syria

The U.S. should remove its forces from Syria as quickly as possible, but it is fanciful to think that regional clients are going to put up the soldiers and funding to replace them.

No, Trump Is Not a ‘Realist’

Realist is probably the most overused and misused label in foreign policy discourse today.

Syria Is Not Ours to ‘Turn Over’ to Anyone

Syria was never ours to “turn over” to anyone else, and it never will be.

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Returns

The danger is that the president listens to some version of these garbage arguments and concludes that he needs to “do more” by launching larger attacks.

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