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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.

Trump’s Fake Diplomacy and ‘Fake News’

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. Owes Saudi Arabia Nothing

The U.S. is not obliged to come to Saudi Arabia’s defense.

The War on Yemen and Pompeo’s Shredded Credibility

Pompeo has shredded his credibility and that of the United States with his constant, shameless lying about Iran.

Trump’s Latest Cynical ‘Pro-Israel’ Pandering

Of course, no terrible Trump foreign policy idea would be complete without the utterly cynical political motivation for bringing it up now.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Inside the wide open race to succeed John Bolton. Curt Mills reports …

The Brain-Dead Maximalism of Hard-liners

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.

Fetishizing ‘Strength’ in Foreign Policy Is Weakness

Of course, the preoccupation with looking “strong” is itself evidence of weakness.

A Foreign Policy Pivot? I Wouldn’t Bet On It

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.

Will Trump Make Pompeo National Security Advisor?

Pompeo can’t even do the one job he already has, and giving him added responsibility and power would be a terrible mistake.

Misunderstanding Trump’s Foreign Policy

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.

Scottish Court Hands Johnson Another Defeat

This ruling could be one of the most significant blows to his government.

Iran Won’t Talk Until ‘Maximum Pressure’ Is Gone

Trump needs to abandon “maximum pressure” if he wants to talk, and no one expects him to do that.

The President’s Vanity Kills Diplomacy

Results are irrelevant. All that matters to him are the ratings and the images.

Good Riddance, Bolton

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.

Hook’s Despicable Yemen Propaganda

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.

Power’s Pathetic Libyan War Excuse

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.

The Absurdity of Pompeo’s ‘Normal Nation’ Rhetoric

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 Nuclear Deal Dishonesty on Display

Pompeo’s complaint about the JCPOA’s “failures” is a typical hawkish rejection of the results of diplomatic compromise.

Trump’s Afghanistan Debacle

Once again, the president has shown that he much prefers a grandiose spectacle to the slow, unglamorous work of patient diplomacy.

Yemen and the ‘Crisis of Western Values’

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.

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