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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.
The president makes a habit of denouncing accurate information as “fake news” while promoting his own fabrications as reality, and this is just the latest example of that.
The U.S. is not obliged to come to Saudi Arabia’s defense.
Pompeo has shredded his credibility and that of the United States with his constant, shameless lying about Iran.
Of course, no terrible Trump foreign policy idea would be complete without the utterly cynical political motivation for bringing it up now.
Inside the wide open race to succeed John Bolton. Curt Mills reports …
They don’t want to resolve the crisis with Iran, but rather hope to make it permanent by setting goals that can’t possibly be reached and insisting that sanctions remain in place forever.
Of course, the preoccupation with looking “strong” is itself evidence of weakness.
The pivot metaphor has been used many times during Trump’s presidency to describe an impending change in direction, but the pivots never seem to take place.
Pompeo can’t even do the one job he already has, and giving him added responsibility and power would be a terrible mistake.
Descriptions of Trump as having an “anti-militaristic approach” to foreign policy and “opting for dialogue over conflict” are simply wrong as a matter of fact.
This ruling could be one of the most significant blows to his government.
Trump needs to abandon “maximum pressure” if he wants to talk, and no one expects him to do that.
Results are irrelevant. All that matters to him are the ratings and the images.
The Trump administration’s foreign policy will still be a failed mess without him, but it will have one less fanatic involved in setting policy.
Blaming Iran for the harm done to Yemen by the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition is the administration’s most sickening rhetorical maneuver, and it is also one of their most common.
It is a pathetic attempt by Power to deny responsibility for the effects of a war she backed by shrugging her shoulders and pleading ignorance.
It is hard to miss the absurdity of American officials lecturing other governments about the need to be “normal” when our government’s foreign policy is anything but that.
Pompeo’s complaint about the JCPOA’s “failures” is a typical hawkish rejection of the results of diplomatic compromise.
Once again, the president has shown that he much prefers a grandiose spectacle to the slow, unglamorous work of patient diplomacy.
It is U.S. support for and involvement in other atrocious wars abroad, including and especially the war on Yemen, that cry out for denunciation as a betrayal of our values.← Older posts
from The American Conservative