Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iran”

Trump and the Gulf States

Unfortunately, the Gulf states have good reason to be encouraged by the start of Trump’s presidency.

Posted January 23rd, 2017

Bush and Ross’ Reckless Iran Recommendations

Bush and Ross would commit the U.S. to more aggressive policies in the region that serve no American interests.

Posted January 19th, 2017

Trump and the Iran Hawks

At best, Trump appointees’ preoccupation with Iran is a distraction from more pressing security threats.

Posted January 18th, 2017

Mattis and Iran

The main concern is Mattis’ claim that Iran and ISIS are not enemies when they plainly are.

Posted January 9th, 2017

Trump’s Yemen Babble Revisited

Trump’s remarks on Yemen show how much the obsession with Iran distorts his view of the entire region.

Posted January 6th, 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

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Pulling back now won’t absolve American involvement in Yemen. Trevor Thrall criticizes …

Posted December 30th, 2016

A Team of Hard-liners

This is the profile of an administration that is looking to pick a lot of fights.

Posted December 28th, 2016

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

Spare Us the Folly of Another ‘Freedom Agenda’

Non-interference in the affairs of other nations is incompatible with efforts to try to “shape” the internal politics of other countries

Posted December 20th, 2016

Iran Isn’t Engaged in ‘Relentless Expansionism’

Iran’s “relentless expansionism” is not real, but it is very important to many Iran hawks that we believe that it is.

Posted December 15th, 2016

Bolton and the Iran Obsession

The most worrisome part of Bolton’s record is his avowed support for regime change in Iran and his fondness for the MEK.

Posted December 13th, 2016

Why the Iran Obsession Matters

Even if the deal survives, we should still expect a more aggressively anti-Iranian U.S. posture.

Posted December 8th, 2016

The Folly of ‘Renegotiating’ the Nuclear Deal

Attempting to broaden the nuclear deal to include other issues is virtually guaranteed to blow up the existing agreement.

Posted December 7th, 2016

The Iran Obsession

It seems that several of the people who will be responsible for making policy in the next administration share the same obsession with Iran.

Posted December 5th, 2016

Flynn’s Warped Worldview and Iran

Flynn’s preoccupation with Iran has a severe distorting effect on his thinking and his ability to analyze threats.

Posted December 3rd, 2016

The Trouble with Mattis

Mattis’ preoccupation with Iran means that alarmist claims about Iran from other members of the administration aren’t going to be countered by a more realistic view.

Posted December 1st, 2016