Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Donald Trump”

Who Would Support an Indefensible War?

The Saudi-led war on Yemen has been a textbook example of how foreign military intervention intensifies and prolongs a conflict and makes everyone worse off.

Posted November 17th, 2017

China and Trump’s Unrealistic North Korea Policy

Trump either badly misunderstood the Chinese position and went public with that misunderstanding, or he misrepresented it to make it seem as if his unctuous behavior towards Xi had paid off.

Posted November 16th, 2017

Trump and the Prospects for Restraint

Trump is helping to bring discredit on conventional U.S. foreign policy through his embrace of most of it.

Posted November 15th, 2017

Indulging Reckless Clients Is a Bipartisan Tradition

It is hard to think of examples where the U.S. has not given allies and clients a free pass for their destabilizing behavior.

Posted November 14th, 2017

Imposing a Missile ‘No-Fly Zone’ in North Korea Is Deranged

Attacking North Korea over missile or nuclear weapons tests would be an unlawful act of aggression.

Posted November 10th, 2017

Famine Caused by the Saudi Blockade Threatens to Kill Millions

Confronted with the potential mass starvation of millions of people by its clients in a war that it is supporting, the U.S. is doing nothing to stop it.

Posted November 10th, 2017

Saudi Interference in Lebanon Is Backfiring

The danger in all this is that the Saudis are looking for a pretext to ignite a new conflict, and they are trying to destabilize Lebanon to that end.

Posted November 9th, 2017

Trump’s Anti-Restraint Foreign Policy

One of the more worrisome aspects of Trump’s foreign policy to date has been his tendency to encourage what Barry Posen calls “reckless driving” by U.S. clients.

Posted November 8th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Contempt for Diplomacy

This administration simply doesn’t value diplomats or diplomacy.

Posted November 8th, 2017

Trump’s North Korea Policy Is Divorced from Reality

The administration remains committed to pursuing an impossible goal at the risk of fighting an unnecessary and very costly war.

Posted November 8th, 2017

Starving Yemen to Death

The coalition governments are now tightening their grip on a country that they have already been strangling for years, and still the U.S., Britain, and others have nothing to say about it.

Posted November 7th, 2017

There Should Always Be ‘Daylight’ Between the U.S. and Our Clients

A “no daylight” standard in relations with other states is never desirable.

Posted November 7th, 2017

Trump’s Shameless Embrace of the Saudis

Trump is only too happy to approve of anything the Saudi government does, no matter how dangerous or despicable it may be.

Posted November 6th, 2017

Trump’s Unforced Error on China and Japan

Trump’s remarks seem designed to alarm Beijing and embarrass Tokyo.

Posted November 4th, 2017

Trump’s Self-Sabotage and the Wrecking of the State Department

The State Department will continue to suffer from the malign neglect that this administration is visiting upon it.

Posted November 3rd, 2017

Trump’s Weird Offer to Meet Rouhani

If this bungled attempt at making contact with Iran is any indication of how the administration thinks diplomacy is supposed to work, things are much worse than we thought.

Posted November 2nd, 2017

Trump’s Asia Trip

Based on his past behavior, it is more likely than not that the president will get into a public quarrel with at least one allied government during the trip.

Posted November 2nd, 2017