Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “James Mattis”

The Trump Administration’s Iran Obsession

A plan that ties the U.S. more closely to our reckless client states is a deeply flawed and irresponsible one.

Posted September 12th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Dysfunction

The rift between Tillerson and Trump on this issue has been impossible to miss.

Posted June 27th, 2017

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Tehran Attacks

The U.S. should condemn these attacks just as it would condemn terrorist attacks elsewhere.

Posted June 7th, 2017

Trump’s Qatar Blunder

Trump is so eager to claim that his visit was a success that he is trying to take credit for an avoidable and potentially dangerous regional crisis.

Posted June 6th, 2017

Foreign Policy Dysfunction in the Trump White House

Trump cuts his top officials out of the loop, makes a decision without their knowledge, and then relies on them to provide him with political cover later on.

Posted June 5th, 2017

The U.S. Must Stop Enabling the Destruction and Starvation of Yemen

Attacking Hodeidah would make an already horrific situation far worse.

Posted May 2nd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Yemen: the graveyard of U.S. policy myths. Kevin Schwartz explains how “the …

Posted April 21st, 2017

Wrecking and Starving Yemen with Washington’s Blessing

Both Trump and Obama have earned lasting scorn for their willingness to facilitate the wrecking and starvation of Yemen.

Posted April 20th, 2017

Mattis’ Dangerous Request to Increase Support for the War on Yemen

Increasing U.S. support would just deepen our complicity in wrecking and starving Yemen.

Posted March 27th, 2017

Trump Caves to GOP Hard-liners Yet Again

It is a worrying sign that the administration will simply cave to the most hawkish members in the party over anything.

Posted March 14th, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

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

Posted February 20th, 2017

Trump’s Choice to Replace Flynn Doesn’t Want the Job

I can scarcely blame Harward for not wanting the job, but by all accounts he would have been a marked improvement over Flynn.

Posted February 16th, 2017

The Increasingly Dangerous Iran Obsession

There is increasing danger that the Iran-obsessed Trump administration is looking for ways to turn our shameful policy in Yemen into a pretext for direct conflict with Iran.

Posted February 13th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Iran hawks take the White House. Philip Giraldi warns us about Michael …

Posted February 10th, 2017

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

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