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.

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

The Historic Antiwar Resolution on Yemen

S.J.Res. 54 challenges decades of Congressional acquiescence to illegal presidential warmaking.

The Senate Passes S.J.Res. 54, 56-41

The passage of the resolution is an important victory in reclaiming Congressional war powers and it is the first vote of its kind under the War Powers Resolution to pass the Senate.

Trump’s Scramble for Africa

U.S. security interests aren’t threatened by Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, and framing U.S. policy for the entire continent as a zero-sum great power competition isn’t going to be very appealing to African governments.

The Saudis Are a Liability to the U.S.

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is not nearly as important or valuable to the U.S. as its apologists claim, and the Saudi government is little more than a liability.

Putting an End to U.S. Involvement in the War on Yemen

It is a credit to the perseverance and determination of war opponents that the war is finally being debated and voted on.

The Continued Cruelty of ‘Maximum Pressure’

This is simply a case of punishing the weakest and most vulnerable people in North Korea in a vain bid to revive a “maximum pressure” policy that has already failed.

Congress Has a Chance to Reject the War on Yemen

Today both the House and the Senate have opportunities to do their constitutional duty and to begin extricating the U.S. from a truly shameful, unnecessary war.

What’s Really Wrong with U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

The real question isn’t whether or not we should stop “trying to solve” problems in the region, because we haven’t been trying to do that, but whether we should stop using the countries of the region as pawns in our government’s destructive fixations with terrorism and Iran.

The Costs of the War on the People of Yemen

Almost 16 million people are food insecure even with humanitarian food aid.

The Story of a Saudi Coalition Massacre in Yemen

The Arhab massacre is the U.S.-backed war on Yemen in miniature.

Trump Throws More Money at the Pentagon

Persuading Trump to throw more money at the Pentagon must have been the easiest assignment in Mattis’ life.

Save the INF Treaty

Quitting the INF Treaty unfortunately fits the administration’s pattern of reneging on and abandoning agreements without giving any thought to the consequences of withdrawal.

Pompeo’s Terrible Diplomacy

This is what happens when someone with nothing but disdain for diplomacy is appointed as our government’s chief diplomat.

Send Trump and the Saudis a Message: End Support for the War on Yemen

Support for the war on Yemen is the definition of a policy that the U.S. doesn’t need to have.

Mohammed bin Salman, Regional Menace

It isn’t surprising that someone as ignorant and hapless as Jared Kushner has been taken in by Mohammed bin Salman, but what is everyone else’s excuse?

The Great Saudi Rip-Off

The U.S. has not only been enabling Saudi coalition war crimes in an unauthorized war for more than three and a half years, but American taxpayers have also been paying far more for the war than we knew.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Meet the senators who took Saudi money. Ben Freeman reports on the …

Our Complicity in the Crime of Mass Starvation in Yemen

There is no question that the Saudi coalition has been using starvation as a weapon in its war on Yemen, and that by itself should give us a good enough reason to cut off all support to their war effort.

240,000 Yemenis Are Already Living in Famine Conditions

To persist in this despicable policy when we can clearly see the destructive effects it is having on millions of innocent people would very simply be evil.

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