Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Rex Tillerson”

The Trump Administration’s Contempt for Diplomacy

This administration simply doesn’t value diplomats or diplomacy.

Posted November 8th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Disdain for Diplomats and Diplomacy

Trying to put an underqualified person in charge of the diplomatic corps underscores how little respect for diplomats and their work this administration has.

Posted November 1st, 2017

The U.S. Needs to Leave Iraq

The U.S. should take the opportunity it has now to disentangle itself from Iraq.

Posted October 31st, 2017

Tillerson Doesn’t Understand What He’s Doing to the State Department

Tillerson seems to be willfully oblivious to the consequences that his mismanagement is having.

Posted October 26th, 2017

The Trump-Corker Feud Resumes

Corker notably isn’t challenging the administration on the substance of its policies, and that is what needs far greater scrutiny and criticism from members of Congress.

Posted October 24th, 2017

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Bungling and the Iran Obsession

Tillerson was so eager to make a show of opposing Iranian influence in Iraq that he harmed U.S. relations with Baghdad while achieving nothing of consequence.

Posted October 23rd, 2017

Replacing Tillerson Doesn’t Fix Anything

Tillerson has failed in his first year, but there is no reason to think that Haley would be any more successful.

Posted October 23rd, 2017

The Wrecking of the State Department Hasn’t Stopped

Career department officials can be forgiven for assuming that the purpose of gutting the department has been to make it so useless that it can be ignored.

Posted October 17th, 2017

Trump’s Absurd Desire for More Nukes

Increasing the arsenal to return it to its mid-Cold War size is an insane thing to want to do.

Posted October 11th, 2017

Corker Strikes Back

It is important that someone in Corker’s position is acknowledging that the administration’s foreign policy is every bit as dysfunctional as it appears to be.

Posted October 9th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous ‘Rollback’ Policy on Iran

Trump’s new Iran policy will likely commit the U.S. to more unnecessary wars and a dangerous escalation of tensions with no discernible benefit to the United States.

Posted October 8th, 2017

Tillerson Doesn’t Understand Diplomacy

Tillerson’s comment about the relationship with Iran displays a startling ignorance of how often the U.S. has found a way to set aside old animosities with its adversaries.

Posted October 8th, 2017

The Tillerson-Trump Rift

The rift between him and the president is impossible to ignore.

Posted October 5th, 2017

Why Doesn’t Tillerson Quit?

It is difficult to see what he hopes to accomplish by sticking around.

Posted October 4th, 2017

A Tillerson Resignation Wouldn’t Fix Anything

Anyone foolish enough to take Tillerson’s job would be sabotaged by more of the same random outbursts and threats from Trump.

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Trump Intends to Blow Up the Nuclear Deal

Trump seems as convinced as ever that it is a bad, “lopsided” deal because he has never bothered to understand what it does.

Posted October 2nd, 2017

North Korea and Trump Administration Dysfunction

So long as denuclearization remains the goal of U.S. policy, that policy has no chance of success.

Posted October 1st, 2017