Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

Indian Foreign Policy and the Value of Restraint

Taking punitive action is frequently satisfying in the near term, but it rarely makes the country more secure.

Posted September 27th, 2016

The ‘Credibility’ Argument Is Nonsense

The U.S. doesn’t have to resort to military action in places where it has little or nothing at stake in order to maintain its reputation.

Posted September 27th, 2016

The First Presidential Debate

Trump mostly failed to use Clinton’s foreign policy record against her.

Posted September 27th, 2016

First 2016 Presidential Debate Preview

It will mostly be an exercise in avoiding self-inflicted wounds.

Posted September 26th, 2016

Obama’s Horrible Legacy in Yemen

Thanks to Obama’s indulgence of the Saudis, millions of Yemenis are on the brink of famine.

Posted September 26th, 2016

No, Really, Clinton Will Be Very Hawkish as President

Almost everything in her foreign policy record says that this is how she will govern.

Posted September 26th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

One woman’s lonely struggle against famine in Yemen. Nawal al-Maghafi reports on …

Posted September 23rd, 2016

McCain and Corker Need a Geography Lesson

McCain and Corker’s error would almost be funny if it didn’t reflect their poor understanding of the region and the conflict they want the U.S. to continue fueling.

Posted September 22nd, 2016

Threat Inflation and Short Memories

Previous decades have had as many or more “upheavals and crises” as we have today.

Posted September 22nd, 2016

The Starvation of Yemen Continues

U.S. client states are creating famine conditions in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Posted September 22nd, 2016

The War on Yemen and ‘International Order’

The continued arming of a government that is responsible for killing thousands of civilians and is guilty of numerous war crimes represents a breach of past U.S. commitments.

Posted September 21st, 2016

27 Senators Voted Against the Saudi Arms Sale

There is a significant bloc in the Senate that questions the wisdom of U.S. policy in Yemen and views the U.S.-Saudi relationship skeptically.

Posted September 21st, 2016

McCain and Graham’s Despicable Defense of the War on Yemen

It requires swallowing Saudi propaganda whole to argue that the Saudis and their allies have been acting in self-defense, and that is what McCain and Graham tried to do.

Posted September 21st, 2016

Why the U.S. Can’t and Shouldn’t Try to ‘Police’ the World

Most of the world doesn’t need and presumably doesn’t want a “policeman” that can do what it likes and never has to answer to them.

Posted September 21st, 2016

Paul and Murphy’s Laudable Opposition to the War on Yemen

The U.S. is facilitating the devastation of a country whose people have done nothing to us.

Posted September 20th, 2016

Rules for Military Intervention

If we take the last resort standard seriously, it means that preventive war can never be an option because it is inherently too hasty and unjust. .

Posted September 20th, 2016

The Senate Votes This Week on Resolution Against Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

A vote on stopping the arms sale will force tacit backers of the Saudi-led war to go on record.

Posted September 19th, 2016