Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

The Ridiculous Proposal to Label Russia a State Sponsor of Terrorism

None of the things Gardner lists here makes Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, unless we are redefining terrorism to include all policies and actions that Washington doesn’t like.

Posted April 23rd, 2018

No, Trump Is Not a ‘Realist’

Realist is probably the most overused and misused label in foreign policy discourse today.

Posted April 16th, 2018

Syria Is Not Ours to ‘Turn Over’ to Anyone

Syria was never ours to “turn over” to anyone else, and it never will be.

Posted April 16th, 2018

Trump Tramples on the Constitution, Again

There is no outcome that justifies the risks and law-breaking that this Syria attack involves.

Posted April 13th, 2018

The Risks of Escalation from an Illegal Attack on Syria

Punishing Assad is not worth the possibility of provoking war with Russia or Iran, much less both at the same time.

Posted April 11th, 2018

Trump Stupidly Taunts Russia

Russia will take Trump’s taunt as a challenge to stand by its client in spite of the attack, and the attack itself risks killing Russian personnel that would create a new crisis with a nuclear-armed state.

Posted April 11th, 2018

The Costs of an Illegal Attack on Syria

A U.S.-led attack on Syria would be one of the most egregious violations of the so-called international order in at least the last thirty years.

Posted April 10th, 2018

The Perils of an Illegal Attack on Syria

Another attack could potentially put the U.S. in a state of war with as many as three other states.

Posted April 10th, 2018

Don’t Launch Another Illegal Attack on Syria

The prospect of yet another illegal U.S. attack on another government is disturbing for several reasons.

Posted April 9th, 2018

Syria and the Cult of Resolve

If Trump does what Graham wants, he will be trampling on the U.N. Charter and the Constitution again.

Posted April 8th, 2018

Trump’s Saber-Rattling on Syria

If Trump were really interested in extricating the U.S. from war in Syria, he would not be engaged in mindless saber-rattling against the Syrian government and its allies.

Posted April 8th, 2018

No, Bolton Is Not a Pragmatist

A genuine pragmatist would accept the nuclear deal for what it does and seek to maximize the benefits that the U.S. gets from it. A blinkered ideologue wants to burn it to the ground. Bolton is obviously the latter.

Posted March 26th, 2018

Bolton Will Be Trump’s New National Security Advisor

Everything that was reckless and destructive in Trump’s foreign policy is now much likelier to become even worse.

Posted March 22nd, 2018

A ‘Stomach-Churning’ Recipe for Endless War

Cook would have the U.S. engage in multiple unnecessary wars for the sake of keeping bad clients happy and out of Moscow’s orbit, but the clients simply aren’t worth that much to the U.S.

Posted March 19th, 2018

The World Continues to Ignore the Catastrophe in Yemen

There is no government defending the interests of the tens of millions of Yemenis that desperately need relief and an end to the war and blockade.

Posted February 27th, 2018

The Mindless Hawkishness of Arming Ukraine

The U.S. will find itself caught in a fruitless and unnecessary competition with another major power that has far more at stake in the conflict.

Posted December 20th, 2017

Trump’s National Security ‘Strategy’ and the Great Powers

Trump’s “strategy” likely increases tensions with both major powers in Eurasia at the same time, and it gives them added incentive for them to work together against the U.S.

Posted December 18th, 2017