Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mohammed bin Salman”

The Destabilizing and Reckless Mohammed bin Salman

The crown prince has made many enemies with his hasty and reckless behavior, and those enemies can only be encouraged when they see that he doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing.

Posted June 19th, 2018

One Year On, the Saudi-Led Blockade of Qatar Has Failed

“Backfired” is more like it.

Posted June 4th, 2018

The Cult of Mohammed bin Salman

Mohammed bin Salman’s Western cheerleaders have unfortunately helped to promote that cult because of their misplaced confidence in the crown prince’s judgment.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

Another Crackdown by the Saudi ‘Reformer’

As MbS continues consolidating power prior to his succession to the throne, we should expect more crackdowns like this.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

How unwanted wars begin. Robert Jervis and Mira Rapp-Hooper explain how misperception …

Posted April 6th, 2018

7 Questions for Mohammed bin Salman

Here are a few questions that future interviewers might consider using.

Posted April 4th, 2018

Another Softball Interview with Mohammed bin Salman

Notably, the words famine, starvation, and blockade never appear in the interview at any point.

Posted April 2nd, 2018

Trump’s Destructive Embrace of Mohammed bin Salman

Trump has been in favor of Mohammed bin Salman’s destabilizing recklessness precisely because it is destabilizing.

Posted April 2nd, 2018

Mohammed bin Salman and Our Illegal War in Syria

The Saudis under Mohammed bin Salman’s poor leadership have become a regional menace and their interests increasingly diverge from ours, so it should be taken as a given that if he believes the U.S. should do something it is probably in our best interest to do the opposite.

Posted March 30th, 2018

The Saudi-Led Blockade Is Still Starving Yemen

It threatens the lives of millions upon millions of innocent civilians, and yet it is probably one of the least covered aspects of the conflict over the last three years.

Posted March 20th, 2018

Trump’s Saudi Infatuation and the War on Yemen

A president as enamored of Saudi despots as Trump is won’t end U.S. support for the war on Yemen on his own. Congress will have to force him to end it.

Posted March 20th, 2018

The WSJ’s Pathetic Case for Supporting the War on Yemen

The WSJ editorial never once mentions that Yemen suffers from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in large part because of the Saudi-led war and blockade.

Posted March 19th, 2018

60 Minutes’ Embarrassing Interview with Mohammed bin Salman

There is no news value in giving a foreign leader a major news program to use as his megaphone to spread misinformation and lies.

Posted March 18th, 2018

Congress Should Ignore Trump and Vote for S.J.Res. 54

If good relations with Riyadh require that the U.S. aids and abets their war crimes and crimes against humanity, that is proof that the relationship is not worth preserving in its present state.

Posted March 18th, 2018

The Indiscriminate Bombing of Yemen and the Failure of Western Media

Coverage of the war on Yemen is rare enough that it magnifies the importance of mistakes and omissions in the few articles that do reach Western audiences.

Posted March 18th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Mohammed bin Salman: bold reformer or reckless autocrat? William Hartung criticizes the …

Posted March 16th, 2018

The Saudi ‘Reformer’ Who Uses Torture

Abusing detainees into signing over their wealth is consistent with Mohammed bin Salman’s heavy-handed crackdown on internal dissent and his prosecution of an atrocious war.

Posted March 12th, 2018