Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

Who Would Support an Indefensible War?

The Saudi-led war on Yemen has been a textbook example of how foreign military intervention intensifies and prolongs a conflict and makes everyone worse off.

Posted November 17th, 2017

Trump and the Prospects for Restraint

Trump is helping to bring discredit on conventional U.S. foreign policy through his embrace of most of it.

Posted November 15th, 2017

Indulging Reckless Clients Is a Bipartisan Tradition

It is hard to think of examples where the U.S. has not given allies and clients a free pass for their destabilizing behavior.

Posted November 14th, 2017

There Should Always Be ‘Daylight’ Between the U.S. and Our Clients

A “no daylight” standard in relations with other states is never desirable.

Posted November 7th, 2017

Haley’s Risible Revisionism on the Nuclear Deal

Haley has to resort to the shoddiest revisionism possible to attack the deal.

Posted September 5th, 2017

Yemen’s Cholera and Famine Crises and U.S. Responsibility

Continued support for the war on Yemen is by far the worst thing Trump is doing right now.

Posted August 21st, 2017

Trump’s Weakness

Trump makes no firm commitments, and he reverses himself according to whatever is most expedient to him at the time.

Posted August 21st, 2017

Venezuela and the Virtue of Not Taking Sides

One could hardly ask for a clearer example of how taking sides in another country’s internal political upheaval can damage the cause it is supposed to help.

Posted August 16th, 2017

The U.S. Is Deeply Complicit in the Wrecking of Yemen

The wrecking and starvation of Yemen are the result of more than two years of deliberate coalition policy with the full backing of our government.

Posted August 9th, 2017

Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe and the Saudi-Led Blockade

If the blockade remains in place, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis will just keep getting worse with Washington’s tacit blessing.

Posted August 3rd, 2017

The Nuclear Deal Saboteurs Are Back

Tillerson should ignore the senators’ letter.

Posted July 12th, 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 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

Trump’s Foreign Policy and U.S. ‘Leadership’

When a foreign policy pundit declares that U.S. “leadership” has been brought to an end by this or that action, he is often just saying that he thinks the current president is conducting foreign policy the wrong way.

Posted June 5th, 2017

Trump Considers Undoing Obama’s Opening to Cuba

Reversing the opening to Cuba would be a significant unforced error.

Posted June 1st, 2017