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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.

Good Riddance to ‘Arab NATO’

Like every other part of the Trump administration’s anti-Iranian “strategy,” the attempt to create an explicitly anti-Iranian security organization has flopped due to lack of interest.

A Reality Check on Our Absurd Venezuela Policy

Now the U.S. is in the absurd position of supporting a “legitimate” government with no power.

The Fantasies of Regime Changers

These fantasies are rooted in grossly overestimating the power of our government to affect political change in other countries and exaggerating the vulnerability of the targeted regime.

Trump’s Irresponsible Venezuela Speech

There is almost no message less likely to spur defections from the Venezuelan military than this one, and there is no messenger less suited to delivering it than Trump.

The Pitfalls of Weaponizing Aid Deliveries

Taken together with the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector, the attempt to use aid as a political weapon to achieve regime change is particularly cruel.

Today’s Rift with Europe Echoes the Iraq War Debate

The only reason to promote the lie that Iran seeks nuclear weapons is to create a pretext for war.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Under the Boot. Lyle Jeremy Rubin writes a withering takedown of Max …

The U.S. Will Regret Interfering in Venezuela

There is usually a dangerous combination of hubris and failure to anticipate setbacks in every regime change policy, and this one is no exception.

Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe Keeps Getting Worse

These are the horrors that U.S. support for the war on Yemen helps make possible.

Trump’s Fatally Flawed Iran Policy

Iran hawks imagine that they can strangle and choke an entire nation, and then that nation will spontaneously fall in line.

Pence’s Insulting Warsaw Speech

Pence’s speech confirms that the administration’s Iran obsession is an intense and destructive as ever.

House Passes H.J.Res 37, 248-177

Despite the fear-mongering of pro-Saudi hawks, most House members understood that the war serves no American interests.

Netanyahu’s War Talk

Netanyahu seems to be trying to create the illusion of broader regional support for possible escalation against Iran in Syria and Lebanon.

Pompeo’s Botched Warsaw Conference

Trump and Pompeo are too diplomatically inept to notice there is no international consensus on their Iran policy.

Antiwar Yemen Resolution Is Expected to Pass Today

The passage of the resolutions in the House and the Senate is only the beginning of an overdue effort to pressure the Saudi coalition to end their war.

Trump’s Anti-Iran Propaganda Backfires

Trump’s attempt to use an image of Iranian protest to promote his bankrupt Iran policy blew up in his face.

The U.S. Should Rejoin the Nuclear Deal Without New Demands

If the deal does all that they claim (and it does), it would be churlish at best to insist on extracting additional concessions now.

Bolton and Trump’s Obvious Lies About Iran

Bolton and Trump are attempting to promote the lie that Iran is still seeking nuclear weapons to justify their aggressive and bankrupt Iran policy.

The Silliness of Demanding a ‘New’ Deal with Iran

The deal-breakers in the White House should be offering Iran incentives to bring them to the table.

Bullying Iraq in the Name of the Iran Obsession

The Trump administration is wrong to pressure Iraq’s government to take obviously self-destructive actions.

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