Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

Obama’s Incremental Escalation of the War on ISIS

This week’s decision is another step on the road to a larger U.S. military presence in Syria.

Posted April 25th, 2016

The Bankrupt U.S.-Saudi Relationship

We can’t pretend that the U.S. is being well-served by aggressive and reckless Saudi foreign policy.

Posted April 21st, 2016

Who’s Afraid of ‘Brexit’?

It’s not clear that “Brexit” would be such a great problem for the U.S. or most of the world.

Posted April 21st, 2016

The Saudis Are Starving Yemen to Death

The disgrace of our government’s ongoing support for the Saudi-led war gets worse with each passing day.

Posted April 19th, 2016

The High Price of ‘Reassuring’ Despotic Clients

Keeping the Saudis happy isn’t worth the price of enabling war crimes and implicating the U.S. in the senseless devastation and starvation of an entire country.

Posted April 19th, 2016

Ryan the Generic Hawk

Ryan doesn’t give much thought to these issues and falls back on generic statements that don’t commit him to much.

Posted April 18th, 2016

Murphy and Paul Seek to Halt Arms Sales to the Saudis

Murphy and Paul deserve a lot of credit for taking on an issue that has mostly been ignored by their colleagues in the Senate.

Posted April 13th, 2016

Trump and Obama Aren’t Realists

Trump and Obama may end up taking a few positions that realists share, but they are doing so for their own reasons and usually with very different assumptions about how the world works.

Posted April 13th, 2016

Obama and the Dumb, Rash Wars He Supports

If allies or clients want the U.S. to be involved in a dumb, rash war, Obama seems to have no problem with it.

Posted April 11th, 2016

The Libyan War and Obama’s ‘Worst Mistake’

Obama knew at the time that there was absolutely no political support in the U.S. or anywhere else for a prolonged mission in Libya.

Posted April 11th, 2016

Pro-War Dead-enders and Our Unending Wars

Pro-war dead-enders don’t think the war they supported every really went “awry” except when it was ended “too soon.”

Posted April 7th, 2016

The Futility of ‘Reassuring’ Bad Clients

The administration should understand by now that there is no amount of “reassuring” that it can do that will ever satisfy Riyadh.

Posted April 6th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Why Obama’s overshadowed visit to Argentina matters. Catherine Addington explains the significance …

Posted April 1st, 2016

Ignoring the Indefensible War on Yemen

It seems incredible that such a thoroughly indefensible military campaign has generated so little outrage.

Posted April 1st, 2016

The Rocky U.S.-Polish Relationship

The foreign minister’s comments can only hurt Poland’s relations with Washington.

Posted March 30th, 2016

Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe

The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed intervention in Yemen has created one of the greatest humanitarian crises in the world.

Posted March 29th, 2016

The Cult of ‘Credibility’ Revisited

The only people that think that U.S. “credibility” has been weakened over the last few years are the ones that belong to the cult.

Posted March 23rd, 2016