Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

May’s Election Gamble Seems to Be Backfiring

If there are no large Tory gains next month, the decision to call the election will go down as another unforced error by a Conservative leader.

Posted May 26th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The “Blob” strikes back. Andrew Bacevich responds to a new report from …

Posted May 26th, 2017

The Fantasies of Iran Hawks

Iran hawks have tried to spin Obama’s regional policies as “appeasement of Iran” for years, but this was never true.

Posted May 26th, 2017

Trump Hectors NATO Allies, But Praises the Saudis

If we are going to flatter and applaud anyone, it should be our real allies and not reckless clients that implicate us in their war crimes.

Posted May 25th, 2017

A Strained Trump-McMaster Relationship

If McMaster is being cut out of high-level meetings with foreign leaders this early on in Trump’s presidency, it will be impossible for him to do his job effectively

Posted May 25th, 2017

Lieberman Withdraws from FBI Director Search

Someone as unqualified for the job as Lieberman was should never have been on the list of possible nominees in the first place.

Posted May 25th, 2017

The Disastrous War on Yemen Continues

Despite Saudi delusions to the contrary, they cannot win this war.

Posted May 25th, 2017

There Is an Opportunity for Improved Relations with Iran

There is an opportunity here for the U.S. to reduce tensions with Iran if our leaders were wise enough to take it.

Posted May 25th, 2017

The ‘Titanic Shift’ in U.S. Foreign Policy That Wasn’t

The U.S. has long allowed itself to be played for a sucker by its regional clients, but Trump has proven to be the biggest mark of all.

Posted May 25th, 2017

Bowing Before the Saudis

In policy terms, Trump’s visit amounted to bowing very low before the Saudi king.

Posted May 24th, 2017

Congress Must Oppose the Saudi Arms Deal

It falls to Congress to try to rein in U.S. support for the atrocious war on Yemen.

Posted May 24th, 2017

The Sickening Manchester Attack

The Manchester bombing is the worst terrorist attack in the U.K. since 2005.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

Realism Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Reclaimed’

“Reclaiming” realism means dubbing hard-line policies as realist and throwing most actual realist arguments out the window.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

The Saudi Visit and Trump’s Unprincipled Foreign Policy

The Trump administration celebrates war criminals for their leadership and vision.

Posted May 22nd, 2017

Yemen’s Preventable Cholera Epidemic

Starvation and the cholera epidemic in Yemen are both man-made disasters.

Posted May 22nd, 2017

Trump’s Embarrassing Saudi Visit

Trump went out of his way to identify himself and the U.S. very publicly with one of our most awful clients.

Posted May 22nd, 2017

The War on Yemen and the Great Saudi ‘Modernizer’

As Saudi defense minister, MBS has already failed in the biggest undertaking of his brief career.

Posted May 22nd, 2017