Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine’

Trump’s foreign policy is almost entirely a series of reactions (and overreactions) to whichever events happen to catch the president’s attention.

Posted April 26th, 2017

Grading the Trump Administration

Compared to any other modern administration, this one has to be considered the least competent and worst-run at this point in a presidential term.

Posted April 26th, 2017

A Pattern of Trump Foreign Policy Malpractice

This is what we can expect when the administration as a whole seems to regard diplomacy with disdain or indifference.

Posted April 25th, 2017

Chris Murphy and the Democrats’ Foreign Policy Predicament

Murphy hasn’t been silent on foreign policy, and in some cases has been the loudest opponent of U.S. policy.

Posted April 25th, 2017

Victory for The Discredited Status Quo in France

Macron’s agenda is mostly the continuation of the same policies that have generated enormous contempt for France’s political class

Posted April 24th, 2017

Haley’s Irresponsible Threat Against North Korea

North Korean missile tests may be undesirable, but they don’t come close to justifying military action against North Korea.

Posted April 24th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Yemen: the graveyard of U.S. policy myths. Kevin Schwartz explains how “the …

Posted April 21st, 2017

Graham’s Deranged Idea for Attacking North Korea

Graham’s only desire is to get the U.S. into more unnecessary wars regardless of the consequences.

Posted April 20th, 2017

Syria and the So-Called ‘Jacksonians’

The “Jacksonian” label is not very useful.

Posted April 20th, 2017

Wrecking and Starving Yemen with Washington’s Blessing

Both Trump and Obama have earned lasting scorn for their willingness to facilitate the wrecking and starvation of Yemen.

Posted April 20th, 2017

Substituting Fantasy for Policy on North Korea

The administration’s position is not a policy so much as it is just a fantasy of total capitulation by the other side.

Posted April 19th, 2017

Trump’s Easily Avoidable Carrier Blunder

On substance the administration is misguided, and in both the messaging and execution of its policy towards North Korea they have proven to be inept

Posted April 19th, 2017

May’s Election Gamble

If there’s one thing May ought to have learned from her predecessor, it is that voters have an odd habit of not cooperating with a politician’s plans

Posted April 19th, 2017

The Perils of Reflexive Interventionism

It accustoms our leaders to treat the use of force often as a first option rather than as a last resort.

Posted April 19th, 2017

The Disgusting U.S. Support for the War on Yemen

Helping the coalition launch an attack on a major port would represent a cruel escalation of U.S. backing for an indefensible war.

Posted April 18th, 2017

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Posted April 18th, 2017

Venezuela and Our Stupid Obsession with U.S. ‘Leadership’

The U.S. should be willing to help its neighbors in our hemisphere when we can be reasonably sure that our help is wanted and constructive, but most of the time it is neither of those things.

Posted April 17th, 2017