Author Archives: Daniel Larison

About Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter.

The Illegal and Immoral War on Yemen

U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen is illegal and unconstitutional, and one way or another Congress and the public will bring it to an end.

Trump’s Sanctions Kill Iranian Reforms

Far from turning Iranians against their government, the administration’s sanctions and threats are giving Iranians of all political stripes a reason to side with their government against unreasonable foreign demands.

Yemenis Will Pay the Price for Trump’s Veto

When Trump vetoed S.J.Res. 7, he was proving yet again that he valued good relations with despotic war criminals more than the lives of the many millions of Yemenis being starved and subjected to the most horrific conditions imaginable.

A Weak Defense for an Indefensible Veto

Trump’s statement in defense of his indefensible veto is exceptionally weak and dishonest, and members of Congress should treat his message with the contempt it deserves.

Trump’s Shameful Yemen Veto Defines His Presidency

With this veto, he has defined his presidency with his abject subservience to Riyadh and his complete indifference to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Trump’s Mindless Cuba Policy

Trump is throwing another bone to the hard-liners that have been driving U.S. Cuba and Venezuela policy.

The Fanaticism of Nuclear Deal Opponents

An agreement that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons cannot be a threat to anyone except the warmongers that seek to use the nuclear issue as a pretext for conflict.

The Saudis and Emiratis Are Destabilizing Another Country

The Saudis and the UAE have been destabilizing several countries in the region for many years, and this episode in Libya is just the latest in a string of their ill-conceived power plays.

Hold Trump Accountable for Making Things Worse in Venezuela

It is imperative that he be held accountable for that and not be allowed to shift the blame for the consequences of his policy to anyone else.

The Economic ‘Forever War’ on Iran

The economic “forever war” on Iran will keep the regime in place while destroying the people’s aspirations for a better future.

The Absurdity of Our Regime Change Policy in Venezuela

Like the confident Western assertions from 2012 that Assad “must go,” the administration is “certain” of an outcome that seems increasingly unlikely to happen.

Pompeo’s Allergy to Tough Questions

This isn’t an isolated episode for Pompeo, but fits into a pattern of berating reporters for doing their jobs that goes back to the early days of his tenure at State.

Trump’s Failing Venezuela Policy

Almost three months since the U.S. and other governments threw their support behind Guaido, their absurdly optimistic assumptions have been proven completely wrong.

Rebalancing U.S. Relations with the Saudis and Iran

U.S. and Saudi interests have increasingly diverged from each other, and the U.S. and Iran have more interests in common than either government wishes to acknowledge.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The weak suffer what they must. Afrah Nasser describes the appalling conditions …

The Saudis Encouraged the Attack on Tripoli

Like their previous destructive power plays in other parts of the region, the Saudi-backed attack has gone poorly and backfired on their client.

The Iran Hawks’ Creepy Embrace of the MEK

Every time that a prominent American shills for the MEK, it is an insult to the genuine Iranian opposition.

Say No to a ‘Cold War’ with China

The U.S. doesn’t need and shouldn’t seek a Cold War-style confrontation with China.

How Threat Inflation Wrecks the World

To make matters worse, the same alarmists that spread misinformation about an increasingly dangerous and chaotic world are almost always among the leading advocates for U.S. military action overseas.

Egypt Abandons the So-Called ‘Arab NATO’

Sisi’s rebuff of one of the administration’s biggest initiatives is another administration failure and the latest proof that most regional states have no appetite for greater hostility towards Iran.

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