Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Donald Trump”

The ‘Blob’ Thrives on the Myth of ‘Retreat’

Every president presides over a very activist and hawkish foreign policy, but for many hard-liners and interventionists of different stripes it is never enough.

Posted January 18th, 2018

The Outrageous Plan to Keep U.S. Troops in Syria Indefinitely

A continued U.S. presence in Syria is both illegal and unwarranted.

Posted January 17th, 2018

The Baseless Fear of Iranian ‘Hegemony’

Conjuring up the specter of Iran as a possible regional hegemon is worse than threat inflation. It is threat invention.

Posted January 17th, 2018

The War on Yemen and Trump’s Distorting Iran Obsession

Trump dresses up an indefensible policy as something very different from what it is and hopes that no one is paying close enough attention to notice the deception.

Posted January 15th, 2018

Trump’s Ridiculous Ultimatum on the Nuclear Deal

Trump wants to trash U.S. international commitments and break faith with some of our most important allies on a major issue, but he doesn’t want to be blamed for the costs that will impose on the U.S.

Posted January 15th, 2018

Trump’s ‘Saudi First’ Foreign Policy

Backing one set of rivals to the hilt against their enemies guarantees that the U.S. will continue to be mired in endless conflicts that have nothing to do with American security.

Posted January 15th, 2018

Trump’s Meaningless ‘Support’ for the Iranian People

Trump’s “support” for the people of Iran is shown to be empty by all of his administration’s other actions and statements.

Posted January 15th, 2018

Haley and the Trump Administration’s Contempt for Diplomacy

There is no more obvious non-starter than demanding that the other side surrender before negotiations even begin.

Posted January 2nd, 2018

Trump, Iran, and ‘Moral Clarity’

“Moral clarity” is the phrase that is used whenever someone in Washington wants to denounce adversaries for actions that he ignores or excuses when they are committed by governments on “our” side.

Posted January 2nd, 2018

Trump’s Iran Obsession Discredits Him

It isn’t possible to show unremitting hostility to Iran at every turn without inflicting harm on the people of Iran, and Trump’s policies prove that.

Posted January 1st, 2018

The Iranian Protests

It would be far wiser and better for the U.S. and the Iranian people if our government allowed events in Iran to unfold without comment from Washington.

Posted December 31st, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Italian bombs, Yemeni deaths: tracking the global arms trade. Malachy Browne, Barbara …

Posted December 29th, 2017

Tillerson and the Trump Administration’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Tillerson’s “door to dialogue” doesn’t offer North Korea anything if the condition for dialogue requires North Korea to concede everything in advance.

Posted December 28th, 2017

Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe: The Most Important Story in the World

The multiple, overlapping disasters of mass starvation and a record-setting cholera epidemic easily make the suffering of Yemen’s civilian population the largest crisis and most important story in the world.

Posted December 28th, 2017

Trump and Military Intervention

Trump is a weak president, and escalation of ongoing wars is the path of least resistance in Washington, so that is what he has done.

Posted December 26th, 2017

The Trump Administration Needs to Recognize That Its North Korea Policy Has Failed

Judged on its own terms, the Trump administration’s North Korea policy is a failure.

Posted December 26th, 2017

The U.N. General Assembly Rebukes the Trump Administration

When that many allied and friendly governments tell the administration that they are in the wrong, it would be wise to rethink the decision that earned the U.S. this rebuke.

Posted December 21st, 2017