Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

Trump’s Misguided Plan for ‘Stabilizing’ Syria

The U.S. should remove its forces from Syria as quickly as possible, but it is fanciful to think that regional clients are going to put up the soldiers and funding to replace them.

Posted April 16th, 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 Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump can only make the Syrian disaster worse. Doug Bandow warns that …

Posted April 13th, 2018

Trump’s Unrealistic Expectations for the North Korea Summit

Trump is approaching the summit with an unrealistic expectation of what North Korea is willing to concede, and that sets the summit up to fail as soon as it begins.

Posted April 9th, 2018

Bolton and Preventive War

Bolton’s support for preventive war against North Korea shows just how horrible his judgment still is.

Posted April 8th, 2018

Bolton’s Terrible Ideas for Syria

It’s a terrible plan that would mire the U.S. in new open-ended conflicts for no good reason, but then what else would you expect from Bolton?

Posted April 5th, 2018

The Illegal War in Syria Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon

U.S. forces are fighting and suffering casualties in Syria without any authorization from Congress to be there.

Posted April 4th, 2018

Bolton Is the Opposite of an ‘Honest Broker’

Bolton will be the opposite of an honest broker.

Posted March 30th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

John Bolton’s history of tirades and dirty tricks. Daniel DePetris reviews Bolton’s …

Posted March 30th, 2018

Bolton the Clueless

It may seem obvious to say that Bolton doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but it is all the more damning given how often and how much Bolton likes to talk about these issues.

Posted March 29th, 2018

The Danger of Unrealistic Expectations in Diplomacy with North Korea

Diplomacy with North Korea can’t and won’t succeed if the Trump administration approaches the meeting as if denuclearization is practically a done deal.

Posted March 28th, 2018

Bolton and the Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The Saudi government’s obvious desire to bog the U.S. down in more conflicts should cause Americans to rethink the entire relationship with Riyadh.

Posted March 27th, 2018

No, Bolton Is Not a Pragmatist

A genuine pragmatist would accept the nuclear deal for what it does and seek to maximize the benefits that the U.S. gets from it. A blinkered ideologue wants to burn it to the ground. Bolton is obviously the latter.

Posted March 26th, 2018

Bolton and Trump’s Anti-Restraint Foreign Policy

Trump was already the anti-restraint president before he chose Bolton, and now Bolton will put the president’s worst impulses to work.

Posted March 26th, 2018

Bolton’s Ridiculous Libya ‘Model’ for North Korea

Bolton’s belief that North Korea should give up everything in exchange for nothing proves beyond any doubt that he has no wish to find a diplomatic solution.

Posted March 26th, 2018

The ‘Clarifying Effect’ of Having a Fanatic as National Security Advisor

No doubt Bolton’s presence will have a “clarifying effect” on the North Koreans, but it isn’t one that anyone should welcome.

Posted March 25th, 2018

North Korea and Bolton’s Alarming RFA Interview

Bolton’s position on North Korea is so extreme and unreasonable that diplomacy with North Korea is doomed to fail.

Posted March 25th, 2018