Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Muammar Gaddafi”

The Consequences of Reckless Rhetoric

If the administration wanted to poison the atmosphere leading up to the summit, they could not have done a better job over the last week and a half.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Don’t Mention the (Libyan) War

Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

Bolton Uses Libya As an Example to Sabotage Diplomacy

Thanks to Trump’s unpreparedness and bungling, he may very well succeed.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Trump’s Reckless Rhetoric on North Korea and Libya

Talking about “total decimation” if they don’t yield to U.S. demands will confirm the North Korean regime’s worst fears about U.S. intentions.

Posted May 17th, 2018

North Korea Rejects a ‘Libya-Style’ Deal

North Korea has no interest in denuclearization on terms that would be satisfactory to the Trump administration.

Posted May 15th, 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 2016 Candidates and Our Warped Foreign Policy Debate

If there is a domestic attack or a foreign conflict, the impulse is to respond to it by inflicting death and destruction on some other part of the world.

Posted July 7th, 2016

Trump’s Lack of Credibility on Libya

The position Trump is now taking on Libya is not that different from the one that liberal hawks took when the Iraq war started to go badly.

Posted June 6th, 2016

The Libyan War and Obama’s ‘Worst Mistake’

Obama knew at the time that there was absolutely no political support in the U.S. or anywhere else for a prolonged mission in Libya.

Posted April 11th, 2016

The Failure of the Libyan War and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

If the “responsibility to protect” doctrine had been respected and taken seriously in 2011, the Libyan intervention would not have happened.

Posted April 7th, 2016

Of Course the Libyan War Was a Failure

The Libyan war failed in everything except regime change, which its supporters originally pretended was not the goal of the intervention.

Posted April 5th, 2016

The Libyan War for Regime Change

It was hard to miss from the beginning that the U.S.-led intervention in Libya was aimed at regime change.

Posted March 24th, 2016

Rubio Keeps Trying to Have It Both Ways on Libya

The record shows that Rubio was reflexively in favor of overthrowing a foreign government, and he favored doing this because he feared that the rebels were in danger of being defeated.

Posted February 26th, 2016

Rubio and Bush’s Foreign Policy Debate Errors

Bush and Rubio made several errors on foreign policy last night.

Posted December 16th, 2015

The Libyan War and Hindsight

Opponents of the Libyan war aren’t relying on hindsight to fault Clinton for her bad judgment.

Posted November 5th, 2015

Libya and Hawkish Revisionism

Max Boot indulges in some convenient revisionism: Saturday was the day the …

Posted July 30th, 2014

Arming the Syrian Opposition Is Still a Terrible Idea (II)

Doyle McManus makes an unpersuasive case for “doing more” in Syria. Here …

Posted March 27th, 2013