Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Tom Cotton”

The Nuclear Deal Saboteurs Are Back

Tillerson should ignore the senators’ letter.

Posted July 12th, 2017

Trump Caves to GOP Hard-liners Yet Again

It is a worrying sign that the administration will simply cave to the most hawkish members in the party over anything.

Posted March 14th, 2017

Trump’s Hawkish Advisers and Iran

Trump’s advisers seem certain to advise him to do things that not only jeopardize the nuclear deal but also potentially put the U.S. on a collision course with Iran.

Posted November 18th, 2016

The Nuclear Deal and the Ten Sailors

The episode was resolved as quickly and peacefully as it was because of the direct channels of communication created by the diplomatic exchanges over the nuclear issue.

Posted January 13th, 2016

Cotton’s Unhinged Syria Policy

In place of a proxy war, Cotton would risk a major war with a nuclear-armed state.

Posted November 25th, 2015

Tom Cotton and the Hawkish Syria Panic

Russia’s deeper involvement in Syria’s civil war isn’t a “near catastrophe” for U.S. foreign policy.

Posted October 1st, 2015

Cotton’s Recipe for Unending Conflict

As usual, Tom Cotton favors aimless, unfocused interventionism.

Posted August 19th, 2015

Iran, Yemen, and the Destructive Effects of Threat Inflation

The war on Yemen is another example of how threat inflation produces horrible policy decisions.

Posted June 8th, 2015

How Threat Inflation Thrives

The U.S. keeps paying a price for overestimating threats to our security and for overreacting to the exaggerated threats.

Posted June 8th, 2015

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