Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “George W. Bush”

The U.S. Should Reject Preventive War

The U.S. should repudiate preventive warfare because it is both illegal and inherently unjust.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

Trump Was ‘Presidential’ Last Night, But That’s Not a Good Thing

Trump has proven to be every bit as “presidential” as LBJ and George W. Bush at their worst.

Posted August 22nd, 2017

North Korea and the Nuclear Deal

North Korea is a cautionary tale about what happens when hard-liners in Washington prefer to scrap an imperfect but working nonproliferation agreement in favor of pursuing the fantasy of forcing the other side’s total capitulation.

Posted August 10th, 2017

Georgia Shouldn’t (and Won’t) Be a NATO Member

Reviving talk of Georgia’s future NATO membership today is irresponsible and dangerous.

Posted August 8th, 2017

What’s the Use in Having a United Republican Government?

The last time Republicans controlled all the levers of power in Washington, the results were massive debt, administrative incompetence, failed wars, and a major financial crisis.

Posted May 30th, 2017

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Posted April 18th, 2017

Israel’s Occupation and Hawkish Delusions

It is a measure of how fanatical “pro-Israel” hawks in the U.S. have become that they condemn others for accurately describing Israel’s role as an occupier.

Posted April 4th, 2017

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