Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

The Cruelty of Iran Hawks

The idea that “harsher sanctions” would lead to a “revolution” is nonsense that has been discredited many times over the years.

Posted July 25th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis, the War on Yemen, and the Hollow ‘Rules-Based Order’

Because it is a U.S.-backed war waged by our clients, the war on Yemen isn’t held to the same–or indeed any–standard that many cheerleaders for the “rules-based order” apply elsewhere.

Posted July 25th, 2017

Yemen’s Rapidly Growing Cholera Epidemic

The people of Yemen are in urgent need of a major emergency response if they are to avoid massive loss of life from starvation and disease.

Posted July 24th, 2017

Trump’s Iran Obsession and the Nuclear Deal

Trump hasn’t scrapped the deal yet, but he clearly wants to.

Posted July 22nd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Iran and the collision between Trump and reality. Paul Pillar comments on …

Posted July 21st, 2017

Trump’s First Foreign Trip and the Qatar Crisis

The Saudi leg was considered to be the most successful part of Trump’s first trip abroad as president, and two months later we can see that it was actually a destabilizing and embarrassing episode.

Posted July 21st, 2017

Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic Is the Worst on Record

If there is not a major response to these disasters soon, it will be too late for countless victims of starvation and disease.

Posted July 20th, 2017

The Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship Must End

Washington should have no compunctions about severing a noxious relationship that hurts our interests and endangers the wider region.

Posted July 20th, 2017

Tillerson and the Wrecking of the State Department

Tillerson is there to hollow out the State Department and make it as dysfunctional as he can.

Posted July 20th, 2017

The Disgraceful ‘Anti-Boycott Act’

It is deranged to try to criminalize protected political speech and association.

Posted July 19th, 2017

Pursuing Regime Change in Iran Would Be Disastrous. It’s Also Wrong

It is not for our government to decide whether a foreign regime should be replaced.

Posted July 19th, 2017

Trump Grudgingly Recertifies the Nuclear Deal

The danger here is that Trump’s instincts are to trash the deal and to deny that Iran is in compliance despite the fact that Tehran has been complying with the agreement from the start.

Posted July 18th, 2017

Report: UAE Responsible for the Qatar Hacks

If this latest report is accurate, it would fit with what we know about the crisis.

Posted July 17th, 2017

Our Inept Iran Hawks

Hawks are notoriously bad at estimating the likely effects of their preferred policies.

Posted July 17th, 2017

Poll: British Public Overwhelmingly Opposes Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

British support for the war on Yemen has scant support among the public there.

Posted July 17th, 2017

Two Years Later, the Iran Deal Is a Success

Iran has been and continues to be in compliance with the terms of the deal.

Posted July 16th, 2017

The Confused U.S. Response to the Qatar Crisis

The problem may be that Trump doesn’t understand that he is undermining and contradicting his own officials.

Posted July 14th, 2017