Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

North Korea and the Trump Administration’s Lack of Credibility

If they are willing to mislead the public about what was agreed to at Singapore, they will keep misleading us at every stage to come.

Posted July 16th, 2018

Syria and Trump’s Iran Obsession

U.S. involvement in Syria remains an open-ended, unnecessary mission.

Posted July 15th, 2018

New START and the Helsinki Summit

Unfortunately, the president and his National Security Advisor have both expressed opposition to New START in the past.

Posted July 10th, 2018

Trump Touts a ‘Contract’ with North Korea That Doesn’t Exist

If Trump thinks that he has somehow been betrayed or cheated, he is much more likely to listen to the ravings of Graham and Bolton.

Posted July 9th, 2018

The President’s North Korea Delusions

Most of the administration’s critics have been urging them to acknowledge reality and recognize that deterrence remains the practical alternative to a disarmament that isn’t happening and a war that must not happen.

Posted July 3rd, 2018

The Absurdity of Seeking Iran’s ‘Unconditional Surrender’

There is certainly nothing realistic about the concessions that the U.S. is seeking from Iran.

Posted July 3rd, 2018

The Iran Obsession and the Helsinki Summit

The administration is once again subordinating U.S. policy to the preferences of its reckless clients in the region.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

North Korea and ‘Useful Fictions’

We could promote the falsehood that the Singapore summit was a “rousing success” all we want, but that isn’t going to fool anyone for very long.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

The Despicable Hawkish Embrace of the MEK

This not only whitewashes a despicable organization that has the blood of Americans and Iranians on its hands, but it is an insult to genuine Iranian political reformers and dissidents.

Posted July 1st, 2018

Bolton’s Iran Regime Collapse Fantasy

If Bolton gets his way, the people of Iran will suffer the most.

Posted July 1st, 2018

The Trump Administration’s MEK Fan Club

The fact that some of the president’s top advisers and allies back the MEK just confirms that this administration has nothing but contempt for the Iranian people.

Posted June 28th, 2018

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

The Slapdash Summit

Bolton wants diplomacy with North Korea to fail, so he has no incentive to get Trump ready for the summit.

Posted June 7th, 2018

Bolton Adds Another Hard-liner to the NSC

In the Bush era, Fleitz was Bolton’s “enforcer,” and that is presumably the role he is going to reprise on the NSC.

Posted May 30th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Bolton’s wrecking ball takes down the summit. Ankit Panda reviews the events …

Posted May 25th, 2018

The Madness of Lindsey Graham

It is tempting to dismiss Graham’s rhetoric as nonsense and leave it at that, but there is a strong and worrying likelihood that the president shares Graham’s demented views and may be willing to act on them.

Posted May 25th, 2018