Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “James Mattis”

Mattis’ Influence Is Waning

The Secretary of Defense is just influential enough to stop Trump from withdrawing troops from a pointless war in Afghanistan, but not nearly influential enough to prevent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Posted June 25th, 2018

Bolton Keeps Trying to Sabotage North Korea Diplomacy

Bolton rejects lengthy talks because he has no interest in a diplomatic solution.

Posted June 20th, 2018

War with Iran Is Becoming More Likely

One of the great dangers to the U.S. and the world in the coming years is that Bolton will keep getting his way with Trump.

Posted May 15th, 2018

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Returns

The danger is that the president listens to some version of these garbage arguments and concludes that he needs to “do more” by launching larger attacks.

Posted April 16th, 2018

The Legal ‘Arguments’ for Attacking Syria Are Preposterous

If you think that the president’s authority is limited by the Constitution, you have to oppose an attack on the Syrian government as the illegal overreach that it is.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Trump’s Dangerous ‘Do Somethingism’

Trump has no problem with ordering dangerous and unnecessary uses of force so long as he thinks they may him look “tough” in the eyes of the world.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Don’t Launch Another Illegal Attack on Syria

The prospect of yet another illegal U.S. attack on another government is disturbing for several reasons.

Posted April 9th, 2018

Another Saudi Coalition Bombing Slaughters a Dozen Yemeni Civilians

The U.S. should have no part in this war, and it is a stain on our country every day that our government’s support for it continues.

Posted April 2nd, 2018

U.S. Refueling of Saudi Coalition Planes Leads to More Civilian Casualties

By enabling that war effort and allowing their planes to remain in the air longer, the U.S. is helping the Saudis and their allies kill more innocent Yemenis than they possibly could on their own.

Posted March 29th, 2018

Bolton Will Be Trump’s New National Security Advisor

Everything that was reckless and destructive in Trump’s foreign policy is now much likelier to become even worse.

Posted March 22nd, 2018

Don’t Applaud the Saudi Arsonist for ‘Aiding’ Yemen

Praising the Saudis for their “aid” efforts in Yemen is akin to applauding the arsonist because he offers his victims a bucket to put out the fire that he set.

Posted March 22nd, 2018

Mattis’ Weak Case for Supporting the War on Yemen

Every reason Mattis gives for continuing U.S. support for the war is actually a reason to end it.

Posted March 15th, 2018

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Is Getting More Dangerous

There is absolutely no legal justification for having our troops in Syria and there never has been.

Posted February 8th, 2018

Report: White House Wants More Military Options for North Korea

The truth is that there is no military option against North Korea that comes at an acceptable cost, and a responsible administration would not pretend otherwise.

Posted February 2nd, 2018

Mattis and the War on Yemen

The quickest and best way for our government to reduce the number of Yemeni civilians killed by the coalition is to withhold all U.S. military assistance from the coalition.

Posted January 2nd, 2018

The Mindless Hawkishness of Arming Ukraine

The U.S. will find itself caught in a fruitless and unnecessary competition with another major power that has far more at stake in the conflict.

Posted December 20th, 2017

Insisting on North Korea’s Denuclearization Is a Dead End

Denuclearization of North Korea is not a realistic or achievable goal.

Posted October 30th, 2017