Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The duty of General McMaster. Andrew Bacevich comments on McMaster’s appointment. Does …

Posted February 24th, 2017

Trump’s Nuclear Babble

Trump’s proposal to increase America’s nuclear arsenal would be enormously expensive, a violation of existing treaties, and the start of an unnecessary arms race.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

The Fear of Being ‘Just Another Nation’

Those that obsess most over “national greatness” and “American exceptionalism” talk about being “just another nation” as if it were a terrible fate to be avoided at all costs.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

NATO Shouldn’t Bring in Montenegro

There is no consensus in Montenegro in favor of joining the alliance.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

The Revenge of the ‘Blob’

If this is the best that the foreign policy establishment can offer, they are in bigger trouble than I thought.

Posted February 22nd, 2017

The Horrifying Starvation of Yemen Continues

The horror of what has been deliberately done to Yemen over the last two years is matched only by the near-total international indifference to the plight of its people.

Posted February 22nd, 2017

McMaster and Permanent War

There is no evidence that Trump wants to put an end to any of our current wars.

Posted February 22nd, 2017

‘American Exceptionalism’ and Our Warped Foreign Policy ‘Idealists’

The dangers of a warped understanding of internationalism and “American exceptionalism.”

Posted February 21st, 2017

Whose West?

Except as a category for organizing different areas and periods of history, “civilization” is not a terribly useful unit of analysis.

Posted February 21st, 2017

McMaster Named as National Security Advisor

Trump will be getting better advice than he was when Flynn was there.

Posted February 20th, 2017

The Cost of Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorists

Wrongly designating nonviolent groups as part of a terrorist organization feeds into jihadist propaganda.

Posted February 20th, 2017

Bolton Would Be a Horrible Choice for National Security Advisor

Appointing him would mean endorsing some of the very worst that the GOP has to offer on foreign policy.

Posted February 20th, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

The administration is reliably belligerent, but otherwise it is unreliable.

Posted February 20th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The new battle for Afghanistan. Kelley Vlahos reports on the war in …

Posted February 17th, 2017

Trump’s Choice to Replace Flynn Doesn’t Want the Job

I can scarcely blame Harward for not wanting the job, but by all accounts he would have been a marked improvement over Flynn.

Posted February 16th, 2017

The Ongoing Disgrace of U.S. Support for the War on Yemen

U.S. support for the indefensible war on Yemen is an ongoing disgrace and an enduring blot on our country’s reputation.

Posted February 16th, 2017

The U.S. Should Have Nothing to Do with an Arab Anti-Iran Coalition

It is likely that this coalition would become a vehicle for launching attacks on neighbors in the name of “opposing” Iranian influence where it is already negligible.

Posted February 15th, 2017