Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

Realism Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Reclaimed’

“Reclaiming” realism means dubbing hard-line policies as realist and throwing most actual realist arguments out the window.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

Trump’s Boastful Incompetence

This was information that was considered sensitive enough that it hadn’t been shared with other close allies, but that didn’t stop the president from blurting it out.

Posted May 15th, 2017

McCain and Graham’s Predictable Warmongering

McCain and Graham predictably want “greater military action” against the Syrian government because that is always their answer to everything.

Posted April 12th, 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 Consequences of Last Night’s Attack

It is inevitable that Syria hawks will now be greatly encouraged to press for a larger intervention, and Trump has demonstrated that he will cave in to demands for “action” very quickly.

Posted April 7th, 2017

The Case Against Another Intervention in Syria

The U.S. would get nothing from picking another fight in the region except increased costs and new enemies.

Posted April 6th, 2017

Trump’s Confused Syria Views

Far from demonstrating any consistent interest in realpolitik, this shows how incoherent and changeable Trump’s views on most issues really are

Posted April 5th, 2017

Recurring Foreign Policy Errors and the Decision to Intervene in Russia

American intervention in Russia’s civil war is a classic example of how the U.S. can be lured into doing something unnecessary and dangerous on the basis of shoddy information.

Posted April 3rd, 2017

Ukraine and the Cult of ‘Resolve’

Rasmussen treats a difficult political and military problem as if it were simply a matter of having enough “resolve.”

Posted March 23rd, 2017

Trump’s Nuclear Babble

Trump’s proposal to increase America’s nuclear arsenal would be enormously expensive, a violation of existing treaties, and the start of an unnecessary arms race.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

Whose West?

Except as a category for organizing different areas and periods of history, “civilization” is not a terribly useful unit of analysis.

Posted February 21st, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

The administration is reliably belligerent, but otherwise it is unreliable.

Posted February 20th, 2017

Trump, New START, and U.S.-Russian Relations

If Trump is now echoing the shoddy arguments against New START, that’s bad news for improving relations with Russia.

Posted February 9th, 2017

Pushing Russia to Break with Iran Is Unlikely to Succeed

The U.S. should pursue improved relations with Russia, but it seems unlikely that there will be much improvement if the U.S. is simultaneously becoming more combative with Iran and China.

Posted February 6th, 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

The Folly of Arming Ukraine Revisited

No U.S. interests are served by taking sides in this conflict, and the U.S. has no obligation to take sides.

Posted December 21st, 2016