Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

The World Ignores Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe

17 million people are on the brink of famine.

Posted September 24th, 2017

Trump, the Anti-Restraint President

Trump is the living embodiment of the opposite of restraint in both his temperament and his policy preferences.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Foreign policy realists hit nerve with establishment elite. Andrew Bacevich responds to …

Posted September 22nd, 2017

The U.S. Should Reject Preventive War

The U.S. should repudiate preventive warfare because it is both illegal and inherently unjust.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

The Consequences of Trump’s Irresponsible North Korea Rhetoric

If making public threats against North Korea was intended to intimidate Kim, it has failed and could backfire dangerously.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ Is Neither Principled Nor Realist (II)

An administration “guided by outcomes, not ideology” would have no problem with a deal that successfully restricted Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted September 21st, 2017

The U.S. Needs to Stop Fighting in Syria

The U.S. should never have expanded the war on ISIS into Syria, and American forces have no business operating in Syria.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Sanders Speaks on Foreign Policy

Sanders spoke directly against U.S. support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Why Trump’s North Korea Threat Matters

The Trump administration is simultaneously exaggerating the threat posed by North Korea while minimizing the very high costs that a war with them would involve.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic Has Reached 700,000 Cases

The epidemic could not be happening at a worse time or among a more vulnerable population.

Posted September 21st, 2017

The U.S. Should Halt Arms Sales to the Saudi-Led Coalition

Washington is more than capable of stopping arms sales to Gulf states when it wants to.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Trump’s Nuclear Deal Folly

The administration is desperate to find an excuse to get rid of the deal, but they aren’t finding one that anyone else takes seriously.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Tillerson’s Bogus Criticism of the Nuclear Deal

Americans should understand that they are being lied to by the administration about what the deal is supposed to do.

Posted September 21st, 2017

Two Tedious Attacks on Realists

Attacks on academic realists are written to shore up the boundaries of what passes for acceptable “mainstream” foreign policy thought in Washington.

Posted September 20th, 2017

The Stupidity of Netanyahu’s ‘Fix It or Nix It’ Complaint

There is no “fix” available that Iran would accept, and so insisting on “fixing” the deal is much the same as calling for abandoning it.

Posted September 20th, 2017

Why Iran Hawks (and Trump) Hate the JCPOA

Iran hawks have always judged the JCPOA against an absurdly high standard that no deal could ever meet.

Posted September 20th, 2017

The Glaring Omissions in Trump’s U.N. Speech

Trump said nothing about the Saudi-led war on Yemen or its role in causing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Posted September 19th, 2017