Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

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

The Atrocious U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Continues

The humanitarian catastrophe now consuming the people of Yemen is entirely man-made.

Posted May 31st, 2017

The Fantasies of Iran Hawks

Iran hawks have tried to spin Obama’s regional policies as “appeasement of Iran” for years, but this was never true.

Posted May 26th, 2017

Trump’s Islam Speech Is a Mistake

Trump is likely to indulge in excessive flattery of his Saudi hosts or commit multiple diplomatic errors.

Posted May 17th, 2017

Wrecking and Starving Yemen with Washington’s Blessing

Both Trump and Obama have earned lasting scorn for their willingness to facilitate the wrecking and starvation of Yemen.

Posted April 20th, 2017

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Posted April 18th, 2017

Venezuela and Our Stupid Obsession with U.S. ‘Leadership’

The U.S. should be willing to help its neighbors in our hemisphere when we can be reasonably sure that our help is wanted and constructive, but most of the time it is neither of those things.

Posted April 17th, 2017

The Delusions of Interventionists

Initiating and joining wars are considered the default, “normal” response in Washington, and refusing to start one is treated as the weird, monstrous aberration.

Posted April 11th, 2017

A ‘Not-Obama’ Foreign Policy That Keeps Obama’s Worst Policies

Trump wants to make Obama’s worst policies even worse.

Posted April 8th, 2017

The Incredibly Bad Arguments for Intervening in Syria

Our foreign policy professionals seem only too eager to blunder into a new war that we avoided four years ago.

Posted April 6th, 2017

Trump’s Confused Syria Views

Far from demonstrating any consistent interest in realpolitik, this shows how incoherent and changeable Trump’s views on most issues really are

Posted April 5th, 2017