Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mike Pompeo”

Most Iranians Reject Pompeo’s Preposterous Demands

Iranians aren’t buying that a government that bans, sanctions, and threatens them is on their side, and there is no reason why they would. That’s why a staggering 93% of Iranians hold an unfavorable view of the U.S. government.

Posted May 25th, 2018

Unreasonable Demands from an Undiplomatic Administration

No government could agree to the terms Pompeo laid out for Iran without effectively surrendering their sovereignty and independence.

Posted May 25th, 2018

North Korea and the ‘Worst Position’ Trump Could Take

The Trump administration is taking what Feffer correctly describes as the worst position it could possibly take.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Setting the North Korea Summit Up to Fail

Trump will abandon negotiations at the first opportunity when it becomes clear that North Korea won’t give away everything in exchange for little or nothing.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Trump’s Unreasonable Maximalism

It is peculiar how self-described nationalists here in the U.S. are consistently the last to understand that other nations value their independence and sovereignty and resent being dictated to by our government.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

The War on Yemen and Pompeo’s Propaganda

The administration has no demands for the governments that are actually destroying Yemen, but rather looks for excuses to continue helping them with their indiscriminate and reckless bombing.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Pompeo’s Iran Ultimatum Makes War More Likely

Imagine how a similar list of demands from a hostile state would be greeted in Washington and you get some idea of how ridiculous and offensive Pompeo’s speech will seem to Iran’s government and most Iranians.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Pompeo’s Preposterous Iran Speech

Pompeo’s speech is obviously a pretext for escalation and conflict.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Confusion and the North Korea Summit

It is only now beginning to dawn on the Trump administration that North Korea’s position isn’t what they thought it was.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The Folly of Pompeo’s Anti-Iran ‘Coalition’

It isn’t realistic to burn bridges with major allies and then turn around and ask them for help.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Trump Sends Pompeo on a Fool’s Errand

It turns out that flagrantly violating U.S. obligations and spitting in the faces of all of our negotiating partners is a poor way to build trust.

Posted May 16th, 2018

Pompeo and the Possibility of War with Iran

If Pompeo was talking up the idea of bombing Iran as recently as 2014, that strongly suggests that he hasn’t learned anything from America’s desultory foreign wars.

Posted May 9th, 2018

The Stupidity of Reneging on the Nuclear Deal

Withdrawing from the JCPOA is a huge unforced error and self-inflicted wound.

Posted May 8th, 2018

The Pitfalls of Maximalism in North Korea Diplomacy

If the administration persists in demanding something that North Korea won’t concede, they are setting themselves up for failure.

Posted May 4th, 2018

Pompeo and Israel’s Excessive and Illegal Use of Force in Gaza

Over two million people suffer because of the blockade, and when some of them object to this appalling treatment they are maimed and killed with live ammunition.

Posted April 30th, 2018

Pompeo’s Contempt for Diplomacy and the Nuclear Deal

It is fitting that one of the first things that will happen during Pompeo’s tenure as chief diplomat is the repudiation of a successful diplomatic agreement solely for reasons of spite and ideology.

Posted April 29th, 2018

Rand Paul Caves on Pompeo

Voting to confirm Pompeo is an effective endorsement of the very illegal and unauthorized warfare that Paul normally condemns.

Posted April 23rd, 2018