Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Tom Cotton”

Cotton and Rubio’s Own Goal

Iran hawks seem to specialize in using the most counterproductive and ham-fisted tactics.

Posted May 5th, 2015

Cotton’s Clumsy Attack on Zarif

Far from hurting Zarif at home, the episode will likely have the opposite effect.

Posted April 30th, 2015

Cotton and the Iran Hawks’ Loathing of Diplomacy (II)

The Iran hawks’ “negotiating” style is to keep adding increasingly unrealistic conditions so that no one except for them is able to support the bill or deal that they want.

Posted April 28th, 2015

Foreign Policy Priorities and the Hawkish Desire to Be “Focused Everywhere”

To imagine that the U.S. could be “focused everywhere” is to admit that one has no clue how to conduct foreign policy.

Posted April 27th, 2015

Cotton’s Blithe Warmongering

Starting a war with Iran will last longer and cost more than anyone anticipates.

Posted April 8th, 2015

Rand Paul’s Burned Bridges

Paul has burned bridges with many of the antiwar libertarians and conservatives that were once most likely to be on his side.

Posted March 23rd, 2015

Paul’s Unpersuasive Excuse for Signing the Iran Letter

It isn’t good enough to support diplomacy in theory while being maneuvered into doing things aimed at wrecking it in practice.

Posted March 20th, 2015

Cotton’s Confused Argument About Iranian Influence

Like all the Iran hawks before him, Cotton claims to fear growing Iranian influence while supporting policies that have facilitated its growth.

Posted March 16th, 2015

The Encouraging Cluelessness of Hard-liners

Fortunately, the hard-liners’ stunts keep backfiring on them.

Posted March 13th, 2015

Of Course the Senate GOP Is Rooting for Iran Negotiations to Fail

Cotton has explicitly said that he wants Congress to derail the negotiations.

Posted March 13th, 2015

Republican Foreign Policy Incompetence and the Hard-line Mind

The party’s incompetence on foreign policy comes from flawed hard-line assumptions about how the world works.

Posted March 11th, 2015

The Senate Hawks’ Loathing of Diplomacy

Cotton and his Senate colleagues are boasting to the world that the U.S. can’t be trusted to keep its commitments.

Posted March 10th, 2015

Why the Senate GOP’s Iran Letter Is Obnoxious

Perhaps someone should write the Senate Republicans a letter instructing them on their real constitutional responsibilities.

Posted March 10th, 2015

The Senate GOP’s Iran Blunder

Senate Republican hawks are just reconfirming their lack of trustworthiness on important foreign policy issues.

Posted March 10th, 2015

The Senate GOP’s Obnoxious Iran Letter

Whether the sabotage “works” or not, the attempt itself is obnoxious.

Posted March 9th, 2015

Cotton’s Dishonest Attack on Diplomacy with Iran

Cotton is petrified of a thoroughly manageable and relatively minor threat.

Posted January 29th, 2015

Cameron Warns Against New Iran Sanctions

New sanctions legislation risks blowing up the talks with Iran.

Posted January 16th, 2015