Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iran”

The Pitfalls of Trump’s Predictable Bellicosity

Trump has been reliably bad at alliance management and consistently prone to issuing threats that scare our allies more than they worry our adversaries.

Posted August 17th, 2017

Venezuela and the Virtue of Not Taking Sides

One could hardly ask for a clearer example of how taking sides in another country’s internal political upheaval can damage the cause it is supposed to help.

Posted August 16th, 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

The Post Gives the Saudi Ambassador a Free Pass

A frustrating example of how little scrutiny and criticism the Saudis tend to face in Western media.

Posted August 7th, 2017

The Exceptionally Weak Case for Kurdistan

Backing the creation of a new state at the expense of another will inevitably produce more violence and upheaval.

Posted August 7th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is expanding the U.S. military presence in Syria legal? Sharmine Narwani explains …

Posted August 4th, 2017

McMaster Cleans House

The less influence Flynn appointees have on our foreign policy, the better it is for the country.

Posted August 3rd, 2017

The Pitfalls of Sanctions

Our allies understandably resent having their companies punished for the behavior of another government and reasonably object to being dictated to by Washington.

Posted July 31st, 2017

The Nuclear Deal Is in Real Danger

Trump clearly doesn’t care whether Iran is actually in compliance or not.

Posted July 28th, 2017

The Folly of Reneging on the Nuclear Deal

Reneging on the deal in this way would tell the world that the U.S. can’t be trusted to honor its commitments.

Posted July 26th, 2017

The Cruelty of Iran Hawks

The idea that “harsher sanctions” would lead to a “revolution” is nonsense that has been discredited many times over the years.

Posted July 25th, 2017

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the Nuclear Deal

Trump hasn’t scrapped the deal yet, but he clearly wants to.

Posted July 22nd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Iran and the collision between Trump and reality. Paul Pillar comments on …

Posted July 21st, 2017

Pursuing Regime Change in Iran Would Be Disastrous. It’s Also Wrong

It is not for our government to decide whether a foreign regime should be replaced.

Posted July 19th, 2017

Trump Grudgingly Recertifies the Nuclear Deal

The danger here is that Trump’s instincts are to trash the deal and to deny that Iran is in compliance despite the fact that Tehran has been complying with the agreement from the start.

Posted July 18th, 2017

Our Inept Iran Hawks

Hawks are notoriously bad at estimating the likely effects of their preferred policies.

Posted July 17th, 2017

Two Years Later, the Iran Deal Is a Success

Iran has been and continues to be in compliance with the terms of the deal.

Posted July 16th, 2017