Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

The Taiwan Blunder vs. the Opening to Cuba

The policy he is putting at risk has been successful in advancing U.S. interests and preventing conflict.

Posted December 6th, 2016

The Syria Hawk’s Lament

The U.S. took sides in a conflict in which it had little or nothing at stake, but the failure of that policy is not evidence of “retreat.”

Posted December 2nd, 2016

Report: Trump Is Choosing Mattis for Secretary of Defense

Mattis is extremely hawkish on Iran, and his selection bodes ill for the future of U.S. policy towards that country.

Posted December 1st, 2016

The Starvation of Yemen Continues

The starvation of Yemen’s civilian population is one of the greatest man-made disasters of this century, and it has been brought about in large part by U.S.-backed clients.

Posted December 1st, 2016

The Case Against Mitt Romney for State

The idea that Romney “showed some prescience” in 2011-12 about Russia (or anything else) is silly revisionism.

Posted November 30th, 2016

Trump and Normalization with Cuba

Engagement is the best way to advance U.S. interests there.

Posted November 29th, 2016

Trump and the War on Yemen

Trump appears to buy into Saudi propaganda about the war on Yemen.

Posted November 22nd, 2016

Implications of the 2016 Election

The result is a stinging rebuke to Obama.

Posted November 9th, 2016

What I Got Wrong About 2016

I misread the landscape about as badly as one can.

Posted November 9th, 2016

The ‘Credibility’ Myth That Never Dies

The “credibility” myth is one of the more pernicious and pervasive ideas in our foreign policy debates.

Posted November 8th, 2016

Clinton’s Foreign Policy Will Obviously Be More Aggressive, So Why Pretend Otherwise?

In the last twenty years, Clinton has never seen a military intervention that she thought was unnecessary or too risky.

Posted November 8th, 2016

How the U.S. Should Handle Its Reckless Clients

The U.S. should be much less anxious about “losing” bad client states around the world than it has been, and the clients should be much more worried about losing U.S. backing than they are.

Posted November 1st, 2016

The Perilous ‘Middle Ground’ That Clinton Represents

Obama could not move the U.S. away from the disastrous policies of the Bush era, and under Clinton there won’t even be the pretense.

Posted October 27th, 2016

The Fantasies of Iran Hawks

The idea that Obama has pursued “indefatigable sponsorship of Iran” is a lazy smear that is utterly divorced from reality.

Posted October 24th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Saudi Arabia’s senseless pursuit of war in Yemen. The Financial Times calls …

Posted October 14th, 2016

Foolish Patronage, Bad Clients, and the War on Yemen

As long as Washington is eager to keep its clients satisfied, the U.S. will find itself supporting all manner of stupid and destructive policies.

Posted October 14th, 2016

The U.S. Strikes Houthi Targets in Yemen

The U.S. is stumbling into an expanded role in a disastrous war.

Posted October 13th, 2016