Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

Why Did Trump Initially Support the Libyan War?

Trump berated Obama for not taking military action, because that seemed the clear anti-Obama position to take at the time.

Posted May 20th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Cameron is in the fight of his life. Philip Johnston comments on …

Posted May 13th, 2016

Down the Rabbit Hole with Samuels

The main problem with Samuels’ defense is that he never addresses the major flaws in the profile.

Posted May 13th, 2016

The Rhodes Profile and the Nuclear Deal

Once you realize that the profile’s author is a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal with Iran, many of its weirder elements begin to make a bit more sense.

Posted May 9th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump chases the burden-sharing unicorn. Ted Galen Carpenter criticizes Trump’s statements on …

Posted May 6th, 2016

Clinton’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

We have every reason to expect that she will be much more aggressive than Obama.

Posted May 4th, 2016

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