Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

Averting Famine in Venezuela Is the Priority

The pursuit of regime change is not worth causing a famine that could claim hundreds of thousands of lives.

Posted July 15th, 2019

What Appointing Fleitz as DNI Would Mean

Putting Fleitz in such a position would be a huge victory for Bolton, and it would mean that the National Security Advisor’s influence in the administration continues to grow.

Posted July 14th, 2019

Giuliani’s Cuckoo Praise for the MEK

When Giuliani affirms that the MEK’s agenda “looks just like our Bill of Rights,” you begin to wonder if he has undergone some of the group’s brainwashing techniques.

Posted July 14th, 2019

Driving Venezuela Towards Famine

In this case, the U.S. would bear a significant portion of the responsibility for a famine in Venezuela.

Posted July 13th, 2019

The House Blocks Funding for Illegal War with Iran

If the president thinks he has the authority to initiate hostilities against Iran (or any other country) on his own, we should want Congress to be handcuffing him and tying his hands with as many bonds and shackles as they can find.

Posted July 12th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Pompeo is misrepresenting the Bible to gin up war with Iran. Bonnie …

Posted July 12th, 2019

The House Rebukes Trump on Yemen Again

The House has proven it is willing to use the power of the purse to halt U.S. involvement in an unauthorized foreign war

Posted July 12th, 2019

Biden’s Ho-Hum Foreign Policy Speech

It should be possible to attack Trump on his record without whitewashing all of pre-2016 U.S. foreign policy as Biden did.

Posted July 11th, 2019

To Help the Iranian Opposition, Lift the Sanctions

There is no reason to think that our government’s interference now would be any better, and there is no reason to believe that most Iranians want whatever “help” the U.S. has to offer.

Posted July 11th, 2019

Poll: Arms Sales Make the U.S. Less Secure

There is broad consensus among Americans that arms sales are bad for U.S. security

Posted July 11th, 2019

Bolstering the Regime Through Sanctions

It is one of the many absurdities of Trump’s Iran policy that an economic war that is supposed to undermine the regime has actually bolstered it.

Posted July 11th, 2019

Killing the Nuclear Deal with Lies and Sanctions

Trump’s dishonest and ridiculous tweet portends some very dangerous and destructive actions from the administration in the coming weeks.

Posted July 10th, 2019

Pompeo’s Cringe-Worthy CUFI Speech

The disturbing thing is that the Secretary of State thinks it is appropriate to use a distorted reading of Scripture to promote his tedious anti-Iranian propaganda.

Posted July 10th, 2019

The Iran Obsession and Qatar

There is nothing “clear-eyed” about allowing the Iran obsession to poison every other relationship that the U.S. has.

Posted July 9th, 2019

The Clash of Exceptionalisms

There is another, much older kind of American exceptionalism–the kind that John Quincy Adams might have recognized–that extols the U.S. as an example of liberty to the world.

Posted July 9th, 2019

Trump Picks a Fight with Britain Over Nothing

Now that Hunt has responded directly, the fight that Trump started over nothing will likely get worse and do further harm to U.S.-U.K. ties.

Posted July 9th, 2019

Rejecting Collective Punishment and Regime Change

This is a policy that suffocates and strangles innocent people in pursuit of a purely destructive goal.

Posted July 9th, 2019