Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

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

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

The Danger of Historical Analogies

Historical analogies can often obscure and mislead more than they inform.

Posted December 20th, 2016

Trump, Gottemoeller, and U.S.-Russia Relations

There doesn’t seem to be any advantage gained in trying to force Gottemoeller out.

Posted December 16th, 2016

Report: Trump Chooses Tillerson for State and Picks Bolton as His Deputy

The fact that Bolton is receiving a top job anywhere in the administration is an indictment of Trump’s judgment.

Posted December 10th, 2016

The ‘Failure’ to Bomb Syria and the Myth of ‘Credibility’

Deciding not to bomb Syria did not lead other states to “seek new gains at America’s expense.”

Posted December 9th, 2016

Another Pointless Round of NATO Expansion

Adding Montenegro to NATO is unnecessary and serves no real purpose.

Posted December 6th, 2016

The Danger of Giving Friendly Countries False Encouragement

It often seems to be the case that another country’s most vocal and enthusiastic boosters here at home have the worst ideas for what U.S. policy towards that country ought to be.

Posted December 6th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is Michael Flynn Trump’s Machiavelli? Christopher Fettweis reviews Michael Flynn and Michael …

Posted December 2nd, 2016

The Case Against Mitt Romney for State

The idea that Romney “showed some prescience” in 2011-12 about Russia (or anything else) is silly revisionism.

Posted November 30th, 2016

The Dreadful Choice: Romney or Giuliani for Secretary of State?

Whichever one wins this contest, our foreign policy and our interests will be the losers.

Posted November 25th, 2016

Romney at State Would Be Disastrous

Unless Romney completely reinvented himself once again, his foreign policy views would be just as bad as Bolton’s or Giuliani’s.

Posted November 21st, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Trump administration will be hawkish. Benjamin Friedman explains why Trump’s rhetoric …

Posted November 18th, 2016

Repairing the U.S.-Russia Relationship

We can’t control how Moscow interprets its interests, but we can reassess and modify how we think about ours.

Posted November 16th, 2016

The Folly of ‘Safe Zones’

Safe zones in Syria aren’t going to be successful on their own terms without courting unacceptably high risks of an expanded war.

Posted October 31st, 2016