Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

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

Congress Needs to Oppose Trump’s Illegal War in Syria

You may not care about what Trump is doing in Syria today, but you will care about what he or some other president chooses to do with this usurped authority elsewhere.

Posted January 24th, 2018

The ‘Blob’ Thrives on the Myth of ‘Retreat’

Every president presides over a very activist and hawkish foreign policy, but for many hard-liners and interventionists of different stripes it is never enough.

Posted January 18th, 2018

Trump and Military Intervention

Trump is a weak president, and escalation of ongoing wars is the path of least resistance in Washington, so that is what he has done.

Posted December 26th, 2017

Trump’s Failed and Costly Middle East Policies

Trump has managed to take the worst Obama administration policy he inherited and make it even worse than it was.

Posted December 18th, 2017

Tom Cotton, Perpetual Warmonger

Cotton has no problem with starting illegal wars.

Posted December 9th, 2017

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