Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Donald Trump”

Anti-Trump Republicans and Trump’s ‘Blacklist’

Professionals that want to serve in government should refrain from signing their names to denunciations of candidates unless they are prepared to be shut out from government positions as a result.

Posted January 17th, 2017

Needlessly Provoking a Major Power Isn’t Good for the U.S.

Poking China in the eye continues to be remarkably ill-advised.

Posted January 16th, 2017

The Atrocious War on Yemen and Our Reckless Gulf Clients

As we can see from their senseless war on Yemen, they actively work to make the region less secure than it was before.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Where Is the Opposition to Our Illegal and Unnecessary Wars?

Obama’s legacy: normalizing perpetual war while pretending to end wars.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Mattis and Iran

The main concern is Mattis’ claim that Iran and ISIS are not enemies when they plainly are.

Posted January 9th, 2017

The Folly of Having ‘No Daylight’ with Clients

A “no daylight” approach to any other state is always a mistake for both parties.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Trump’s Yemen Babble Revisited

Trump’s remarks on Yemen show how much the obsession with Iran distorts his view of the entire region.

Posted January 6th, 2017

Trump vs. Foreign Policy Restraint

Trump has given us many reasons to assume he isn’t in favor of foreign policy restraint.

Posted January 3rd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Pulling back now won’t absolve American involvement in Yemen. Trevor Thrall criticizes …

Posted December 30th, 2016

A Team of Hard-liners

This is the profile of an administration that is looking to pick a lot of fights.

Posted December 28th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s challenge to “one China” is playing with fire. Ted Galen Carpenter …

Posted December 23rd, 2016

Hawkish Blind Spots and the Danger of Provoking China

Hawks typically have three very large blind spots when it comes to understanding how other governments will behave in response to provocations.

Posted December 22nd, 2016

Trump Chooses a Hard-line, Pro-Settler Ambassador to Israel

Unfortunately, Trump’s bad choice is entirely in line with his positions on Israel and Palestine.

Posted December 16th, 2016

Trump, Gottemoeller, and U.S.-Russia Relations

There doesn’t seem to be any advantage gained in trying to force Gottemoeller out.

Posted December 16th, 2016

The Bolton Test

Nominating Bolton to be Tillerson’s deputy would be a huge mistake.

Posted December 15th, 2016

How Trump Chose Tillerson

Tillerson seems to be preferable to the other candidates, but it is worth remembering that he was chosen almost by chance.

Posted December 14th, 2016

Bolton and the Iran Obsession

The most worrisome part of Bolton’s record is his avowed support for regime change in Iran and his fondness for the MEK.

Posted December 13th, 2016