Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Rex Tillerson”

McCain’s Warped Morality and U.S. Foreign Policy

There is probably no one less credible to deliver such a rebuke to Tillerson than McCain.

Posted May 8th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

How Saudi Arabia tricked American veterans. Kelly Vlahos reports on Saudi lobbying …

Posted April 28th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Foolish Maximalism on North Korea

The Trump administration is demanding something from North Korea that it will never get.

Posted April 28th, 2017

Tillerson and the State Department ‘Ghost Ship’

The failure to fill these positions at State is going to make the administration’s foreign policy even clumsier and more uninformed than it has to be.

Posted April 27th, 2017

A Pattern of Trump Foreign Policy Malpractice

This is what we can expect when the administration as a whole seems to regard diplomacy with disdain or indifference.

Posted April 25th, 2017

Trump’s Easily Avoidable Carrier Blunder

On substance the administration is misguided, and in both the messaging and execution of its policy towards North Korea they have proven to be inept

Posted April 19th, 2017

Tillerson and the Continued Bungling of U.S.-Russian Relations

Our officials routinely fail to understand that they can’t make Moscow dramatically change its foreign policy just by hectoring them about it.

Posted April 11th, 2017

The War on Yemen and Trump Administration Cant

The administration is not just indifferent to the killing of innocent civilians in Yemen, but like its predecessor actively enables it.

Posted April 10th, 2017

Continued NATO Expansion Doesn’t Serve U.S. Interests

Tillerson is wrong when he says that it is in our interest to bring Montenegro into NATO.

Posted March 22nd, 2017

Tillerson’s Perception Problem

Tillerson is creating the impression that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing and isn’t seeking guidance from the career officials who would be able to help him learn.

Posted March 20th, 2017

Tillerson Submits to the Gutting of the State Department

Tillerson appears to have no desire to make the case for the department that he now heads.

Posted March 16th, 2017

Report: Elliott Abrams Will Be Deputy Secretary of State

Bolton won’t be getting the job after all, but in his place will be someone with an equally awful foreign policy record and similarly warped judgment.

Posted February 4th, 2017

Rubio’s Grandstanding on Tillerson

Rubio’s grandstanding about “moral clarity” is all the more absurd when we remember that he has long been a supporter of the disgraceful U.S.-backed war on Yemen.

Posted January 23rd, 2017

Another Pointless Provocation of China

Whatever Tillerson’s reason for making these comments might be, it risks worsening relations with China without gaining the U.S. anything.

Posted January 12th, 2017

Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

If Tillerson thinks the U.S. should have armed Ukraine in 2014, that doesn’t reflect well on his judgment.

Posted January 11th, 2017

Thoughts on Tillerson’s Opening Statement

Tillerson’s prepared remarks include several worrisome statements.

Posted January 11th, 2017

Questions for Tillerson

It is a worrisome sign that so many of the people responsible for one of the worst foreign policy records in modern U.S. history are satisfied with his selection.

Posted December 21st, 2016