Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

The GOP’s Absurd Israel Litmus Test

Hard-liners have redefined support to mean offering a blank check.

Posted March 28th, 2015

Boehner and the “Anti-War President”

When Boehner calls Obama an “anti-war president,” he is obviously lying.

Posted March 26th, 2015

Obama’s Venezuela Blunder

U.S. meddling in another country’s affairs backfires again.

Posted March 26th, 2015

Cruz Is Going Nowhere Fast

What’s the point of a Cruz candidacy?

Posted March 26th, 2015

Bad Client Behavior and U.S.-Israel Relations

The scars left by this latest episode of Israeli espionage could be significant.

Posted March 24th, 2015

Is a “Fundamental Alteration” in U.S.-Israel Relations Inevitable?

Any changes Obama chooses to make to the relationship probably won’t survive the end of his presidency.

Posted March 19th, 2015

The Underwhelming U.S. Response to Israeli Intransigence

The administration’s reaction is fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t amount to very much.

Posted March 19th, 2015

The Election and the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Under Netanyahu, Israel has gone out of its way to become a vocal antagonist to major U.S. policy goals in the region.

Posted March 18th, 2015

The Stupidity of Sanctions, Venezuela Edition

The U.S. shouldn’t be interfering at all, but it certainly shouldn’t be taking actions that put the local political opposition in greater difficulty.

Posted March 12th, 2015

The Absurd “No Light” Approach to Managing Allies and Clients

If the U.S. never allowed any “light” between it and its allies and clients, that would mean letting those allies and clients dictate what U.S. policy ought to be.

Posted February 26th, 2015

Bush’s Fatuous Views on Iraq and ISIS

Bush’s statement combines the worst sort of second-guessing with a magical belief in the power of an American military presence to forestall undesirable developments overseas.

Posted February 26th, 2015

Netanyahu’s Stunt and the “Pro-Israel” Consensus

Many of Netanyahu’s critics don’t like seeing the “pro-Israel” consensus in the U.S. called into question.

Posted February 25th, 2015

The Rise and Fall of Rubio

Rubio now seems set on pursuing a nomination he can’t get at the expense of giving up the Senate seat he won in the race against Crist.

Posted February 24th, 2015

Giuliani’s Tedious Lecture on “American Exceptionalism”

Not one of the “allies” that Giuliani mentions is actually an ally of the United States.

Posted February 23rd, 2015

Why 2016 Hawkish Candidates May Hamper U.S. Diplomacy

The prospect of a more hawkish administration in 2017 will make other governments less interested in making deals with the U.S.

Posted February 19th, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Underwhelming Foreign Policy Speech

It is telling that the most specific positions he took align him closely with his party’s hard-liners.

Posted February 18th, 2015

Military Intervention and Public Opinion

There is some good news in the latest findings for advocates of restraint.

Posted February 18th, 2015