Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Ignoring Saudi War Crimes at the U.N.

The U.S. and its allies on the Security Council are fixated on alleged Iranian violations of an embargo while ignoring truly grave crimes and atrocities carried out by coalition forces

Posted February 23rd, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s military budget is a bonanza for hawks. Christopher Preble considers the …

Posted February 23rd, 2018

North Korea and the Failure of Sanctions

Sanctions will fail to change North Korean behavior on these issues, and the frustrating thing is that we already know this.

Posted February 23rd, 2018

Trump’s Absurd Defense of the Illegal War in Syria

If Trump is allowed to get away with perpetuating an illegal war without end, the last remnants of the constitutional limits on presidential warmaking will be destroyed.

Posted February 22nd, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled by Saudi ‘Aid’ Efforts in Yemen

The Saudis and their allies are not serious about addressing the humanitarian crisis, because they caused it.

Posted February 22nd, 2018

Iranian Christians Seek Asylum, But Trump Won’t Let Them In

There is no good reason not to grant asylum to these people, and there are compelling reasons to help those fearing persecution.

Posted February 22nd, 2018

Indulging Reckless Clients Get the U.S. Nothing But Grief

Indulging bad clients doesn’t make them more helpful to the U.S., and the U.S. has few clients as bad as the Saudis.

Posted February 22nd, 2018

The War on Yemen and the Failure of the U.N.

The Security Council has remained so shamefully silent because several of the permanent members are deeply complicit in the wrecking and starving of Yemen.

Posted February 21st, 2018

Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure of Western Media

When media coverage obscures or ignores the real causes of the crisis and portrays the people responsible for starving Yemen as well-meaning humanitarians, it helps the propaganda efforts of some of the world’s worst governments.

Posted February 21st, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Diplomatic Malpractice

The Trump administration seems to think that the only reason to meet with representatives of other governments is to dictate terms to them.

Posted February 21st, 2018

Maximalist Demands Make Successful Diplomacy Impossible

The preference for all-or-nothing posturing from many of our political leaders has made U.S. diplomacy much less effective.

Posted February 20th, 2018

Trump’s Mismanagement of the Alliance with Seoul

The U.S. should respect the preference of a large majority of the people living in the allied country that has the most at stake in a conflict with North Korea.

Posted February 20th, 2018

Tillerson’s Blinkered Understanding of North Korea

There is something about dealing with “rogue” states that causes people in our government to shut off their ability to reason.

Posted February 19th, 2018

Saudi Aggression and the War on Yemen

The Saudis and their allies continue escape censure for their well-documented and severe crimes in Yemen.

Posted February 19th, 2018

The U.S. and Japan Close the Door on North Korean Diplomacy

If North Korea has to make major concessions as a condition for beginning a “meaningful dialogue,” that guarantees that there will be no dialogue of any kind.

Posted February 19th, 2018

Haley’s Misleading Op-Ed and the War on Yemen

Haley ignores the far more numerous and egregious violations of international law by the Saudis and their allies.

Posted February 19th, 2018

Trump the ‘Illiberal Hegemonist’

“Illiberal hegemony” is the worst of both worlds.

Posted February 19th, 2018