Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Another Debacle for May

Debacles of this kind are becoming more and more ordinary under May’s leadership.

Posted June 21st, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and the Incoherent U.S. Response

Trump’s enthusiastic embrace of the Saudis and their allies allows our reckless clients to ignore criticism from the State Department.

Posted June 21st, 2017

Failing Upwards: The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman

Elevating a young royal with such a thin and poor record promises to create a lot of problems for Saudi Arabia

Posted June 21st, 2017

The Sources of Our Meddlesome Foreign Policy

There isn’t a good or compelling reason why the U.S. has been meddling in Syria’s conflict.

Posted June 20th, 2017

The Problem with Kurdish Independence

Kurdish independence would spark new conflicts and complicate existing ones.

Posted June 20th, 2017

Syria and Our Illegal Acts of War

Shooting down a Syrian plane inside its own country under these circumstances is nothing less than an unprovoked act of war against another state.

Posted June 19th, 2017

Trump’s Misguided Partial Reversal of the Opening to Cuba

These measures are a sop to hard-line dead-enders that loathe diplomatic engagement.

Posted June 19th, 2017

U.S. Planes at Risk After Downing of Syrian Jet

The risks to U.S. and allied pilots have just increased substantially

Posted June 19th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The global order myth. Andrew Bacevich reminds us why laments for the …

Posted June 16th, 2017

The Hollow ‘Rules-Based Order’

The ‘rules based order’ was conveniently ignored when other sovereign states were illegally attacked

Posted June 15th, 2017

The War on Yemen and the Senate Vote on the Saudi Arms Sale

Now there can be a real debate over U.S. support for the atrocious and unnecessary Saudi-led war.

Posted June 15th, 2017

The Tories Are in a Bind with May

Perversely, her own weakness protects her from immediate removal by her party.

Posted June 12th, 2017

May’s Time Is Almost Up

It is a testament to how badly May failed that she has left her party in such a bad state that it can’t risk ousting her right away for fear of losing the next election.

Posted June 10th, 2017

A Despicable Hawkish Response to the Tehran Attacks

It is outrageous to suggest that the U.S. should sponsor terrorist attacks anywhere.

Posted June 9th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and Trump’s Dangerous Embrace of the Saudis

Trump is putting the U.S. fully on one side of an internecine quarrel in which none of the governments involved deserves our support.

Posted June 9th, 2017

Tillerson Scrambles to Undo Trump’s Qatar Blunder

Having given the Saudis et al. the greenest of green lights beforehand, the Trump administration now appears unprepared and out of their depth.

Posted June 9th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Theresa May’s strategy explodes in her face. Michael Brendan Dougherty considers the …

Posted June 9th, 2017