Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Israel”

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

Israel’s Self-Defeating Law

It will likely prompt more, less-targeted boycotts.

Posted March 8th, 2017

Trump’s Address to Congress

Trump entered office as a wartime president, but he had very little to say about this and said even less about why the U.S. is involved in wars in multiple countries around the globe.

Posted March 1st, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

The administration is reliably belligerent, but otherwise it is unreliable.

Posted February 20th, 2017

An Unfortunate Shift in U.S. Policy on Israel and Palestine

This makes the U.S. position even more lopsidedly in favor of Israel than it was before.

Posted February 15th, 2017

A Ridiculous Maneuver at the U.N.

Obsessively “defending” Israel at the U.N. is the only part of the U.S. role there the Trump administration cares about.

Posted February 13th, 2017

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument and Hawkish Whining

“Credibility” arguments are very often nothing more than hawkish whining that they didn’t win the policy argument here at home.

Posted February 1st, 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

Don’t Move the Embassy to Jerusalem

It gains the U.S. nothing but problems, and whatever symbolic value it has for Israel will quickly be outweighed by the costs.

Posted January 20th, 2017

Haley and UNSCR 2334

Haley’s testimony showed both extreme hawkish “pro-Israel” bias and an almost total misunderstanding of who our real allies are.

Posted January 18th, 2017

Trump’s Hard-liners and Israel

Haley and Trump seem to be of one mind that one of the priorities of U.S. foreign policy should be covering for the illegal behavior of a client state.

Posted January 18th, 2017

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Makes No Sense

Relocating the embassy would be a cause of much grief for both governments for years to come and would gain them nothing.

Posted January 10th, 2017

The Folly of Having ‘No Daylight’ with Clients

A “no daylight” approach to any other state is always a mistake for both parties.

Posted January 9th, 2017

The House Passes a Foolish Resolution Against UNSCR 2334

This is a particularly striking example of how unrepresentative the House can be.

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 Danger of Passionate Attachments and Inveterate Antipathies

Washington was very wise in warning against both kinds of intense sentiments.

Posted January 2nd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

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

Posted December 30th, 2016