Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

The Danger of Giving Friendly Countries False Encouragement

It often seems to be the case that another country’s most vocal and enthusiastic boosters here at home have the worst ideas for what U.S. policy towards that country ought to be.

Posted December 6th, 2016

The Folly of Provoking China

The negative consequences of our overreaching will be borne by the people in the country that hard-liners claim to want to “help.”

Posted December 5th, 2016

The Iran Obsession

It seems that several of the people who will be responsible for making policy in the next administration share the same obsession with Iran.

Posted December 5th, 2016

Trump’s Generals and Our Militarized Foreign Policy

The U.S. already gives short shrift to and spends comparatively little on non-military responses to problems overseas, and putting former generals in top positions makes it likely that this won’t change for the better.

Posted December 5th, 2016

Flynn’s Warped Worldview and Iran

Flynn’s preoccupation with Iran has a severe distorting effect on his thinking and his ability to analyze threats.

Posted December 3rd, 2016

Trump and U.S.-China Relations

No U.S. interest is served by needlessly antagonizing another major power.

Posted December 3rd, 2016

Trump’s Major Taiwan Blunder

At best, Trump has pointlessly antagonized Beijing.

Posted December 2nd, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is Michael Flynn Trump’s Machiavelli? Christopher Fettweis reviews Michael Flynn and Michael …

Posted December 2nd, 2016

The Syria Hawk’s Lament

The U.S. took sides in a conflict in which it had little or nothing at stake, but the failure of that policy is not evidence of “retreat.”

Posted December 2nd, 2016

The Trouble with Mattis

Mattis’ preoccupation with Iran means that alarmist claims about Iran from other members of the administration aren’t going to be countered by a more realistic view.

Posted December 1st, 2016

Report: Trump Is Choosing Mattis for Secretary of Defense

Mattis is extremely hawkish on Iran, and his selection bodes ill for the future of U.S. policy towards that country.

Posted December 1st, 2016

The Starvation of Yemen Continues

The starvation of Yemen’s civilian population is one of the greatest man-made disasters of this century, and it has been brought about in large part by U.S.-backed clients.

Posted December 1st, 2016

The Case Against Mitt Romney for State

The idea that Romney “showed some prescience” in 2011-12 about Russia (or anything else) is silly revisionism.

Posted November 30th, 2016

Flynn’s Dangerous Goal of Regime Change

A war with Iran might not come right away, but if Flynn convinces Trump that regime change should be the goal of our policy it becomes much more likely in the future.

Posted November 30th, 2016

Trump and Normalization with Cuba

Engagement is the best way to advance U.S. interests there.

Posted November 29th, 2016

The Hunt for Trump’s Secretary of State Continues

Escalation in Syria is the last thing the U.S. needs to be doing, and it becomes more likely if Petraeus is part of the administration.

Posted November 29th, 2016

Nikki Haley and the U.N.

Haley is unlike most of her predecessors in having virtually no experience with or public record on any of the issues she’ll be asked to address as ambassador.

Posted November 28th, 2016