Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “George W. Bush”

Report: Elliott Abrams Will Be Deputy Secretary of State

Bolton won’t be getting the job after all, but in his place will be someone with an equally awful foreign policy record and similarly warped judgment.

Posted February 4th, 2017

Mismanaging Allies and Indulging Bad Clients

Threatening to punish allies if they don’t always “have our back” suggests that Trump and his officials don’t appreciate how healthy relationships with allies work.

Posted January 27th, 2017

Obama’s Misguided Indulgence of U.S. Client States

Obama has gone out of his way to try to placate and indulge them even when they behave appallingly.

Posted January 3rd, 2017

Questions for Tillerson

It is a worrisome sign that so many of the people responsible for one of the worst foreign policy records in modern U.S. history are satisfied with his selection.

Posted December 21st, 2016

The Danger of Giving Friendly Countries False Encouragement

It often seems to be the case that another country’s most vocal and enthusiastic boosters here at home have the worst ideas for what U.S. policy towards that country ought to be.

Posted December 6th, 2016

A ‘Compassionate Globalist’ Party Isn’t Needed

A Bush-era GOP in miniature would have a very narrow popular base.

Posted November 8th, 2016

The Perilous ‘Middle Ground’ That Clinton Represents

Obama could not move the U.S. away from the disastrous policies of the Bush era, and under Clinton there won’t even be the pretense.

Posted October 27th, 2016

Another Blown Opportunity for Johnson

Johnson can’t win voters over with his foreign policy views if he can’t answer the most basic questions effectively.

Posted September 29th, 2016

Clinton and the Imperial Presidency

We can reasonably sure that she would test and then go beyond the outer limits of what is legally permissible for a president to do.

Posted September 7th, 2016

The ‘Council of Historical Advisers’ Is a Terrible Idea

Few things are less productive or potentially more misleading than to have historians go on an analogy hunt to influence a contemporary policy decision.

Posted September 1st, 2016

Paul Ryan, Team Player

Ryan’s willingness to go along with party leadership remains unchanged.

Posted August 10th, 2016

Of Course Clinton Will Be Very Hawkish as President

We should assume that she will get the U.S. involved in crises and conflicts that have not yet begun.

Posted August 9th, 2016

Trump and the Failure of the GOP

Trump is millions of Republican voters’ judgment against a party that failed them.

Posted July 20th, 2016

Of Course the Iraq War Was Sold Dishonestly

One doesn’t have to fabricate something out of thin air to lie about what the evidence shows.

Posted July 7th, 2016

Blair’s Overdue Repudiation

Blair’s reputation is completely ruined.

Posted July 6th, 2016

A Trump-Pence Ticket?

Trump could do a lot worse than to choose Pence.

Posted July 6th, 2016

Remembering Some Obvious Truths About the Iraq War

The Iraq war happened to be illegal, but more important it was profoundly unjust and unnecessary.

Posted July 6th, 2016