Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

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.

Posted April 20th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

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

Posted April 20th, 2018

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.

Posted April 20th, 2018

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?

Posted April 19th, 2018

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.

Posted April 19th, 2018

Why Tillerson Failed

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

Posted April 19th, 2018

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.

Posted April 19th, 2018

Friedman’s Fear-mongering About Iran

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

Posted April 18th, 2018

Hard-liners Are Desperate to Save Pompeo’s Nomination

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

Posted April 18th, 2018

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.

Posted April 18th, 2018

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.

Posted April 18th, 2018

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.

Posted April 17th, 2018

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.

Posted April 17th, 2018

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.

Posted April 16th, 2018

No, Trump Is Not a ‘Realist’

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

Posted April 16th, 2018

Syria Is Not Ours to ‘Turn Over’ to Anyone

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

Posted April 16th, 2018

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.

Posted April 16th, 2018