Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

The Relationship with Saudi Arabia No Longer Serves U.S. Interests

This so-called “alliance” is bringing the U.S. nothing but problems, grief, and liabilities, and it yields hardly any discernible benefits.

Posted October 15th, 2018

The Saudi Government Has No Credibility

If the Saudi government was willing to lie so blatantly for weeks about their responsibility for the murder, why should anyone believe what they say about the circumstances of the murder?

Posted October 15th, 2018

Yemen’s Famine Could Be ‘The Worst in 100 Years’

The U.N. warns that 13 million people are facing starvation if conditions do not improve.

Posted October 15th, 2018

The Cost of Enabling Reckless Clients

Enabling reckless clients implicates our government in their wrongdoing, and it puts the U.S. in the absurd position of covering for behavior that has already damaged America’s reputation and harmed our interests.

Posted October 14th, 2018

Arms Sales and Trump’s ‘Saudi First’ Foreign Policy

An administration conducting a foreign policy that genuinely prioritized American interests would not keep sucking up to and covering for Saudi crimes.

Posted October 14th, 2018

Another Senseless Saudi Coalition Massacre in Yemen

These Yemenis were seeking refuge from the coalition’s Hodeidah offensive only to be blown up by coalition bombs as they tried to escape the battlefield.

Posted October 13th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Congress is forcing a confrontation with Saudi Arabia. Mohamad Bazzi comments on …

Posted October 12th, 2018

The Cruelty of ‘Maximum Pressure’

Preventing aid workers from helping sick and hungry North Koreans is not going to affect the regime’s negotiating position, but it will be another shameful example of seeking to exploit and exacerbate the suffering of civilians in the pursuit of unrealistic, maximalist demands.

Posted October 12th, 2018

Report: Turkish Authorities Have Recordings of the Consulate Murder

Such recordings would provide definitive proof to support the charges made against the Saudi government.

Posted October 11th, 2018

Congress Should Cut Off All Support to Saudi Arabia

Halting arms sales and ending support for the war are the right things to do for the U.S. and for Yemen, and they will show the crown prince that there are some significant consequences to his reckless and destructive behavior.

Posted October 11th, 2018

The Overdue Backlash Against Saudi Arabia Has Started

There has already been a significant response from members of Congress to reports of the Saudi government’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Posted October 10th, 2018

‘World Order’ and the Need for Restraint

It is difficult to take Kagan’s warnings about a recent breakdown in order seriously when he and other interventionists like him have been hammering away at that order for at least twenty years.

Posted October 10th, 2018

Senators Challenge Pompeo on the Bogus Yemen Certification

The senators’ letter is a good start in holding Pompeo accountable for lying to Congress about Yemen.

Posted October 10th, 2018

Haley’s Poor Record at the U.N.

Haley didn’t have a good grasp of substance, and instead relied on talking points to a fault.

Posted October 10th, 2018

The Saudis Have to Answer for Their Latest Heinous Crime

These reports tell us about a cold, calculated hit that was carried out against a relatively mild critic of the Saudi government’s policies.

Posted October 9th, 2018

Saudi Recklessness and the Myth of ‘Withdrawal’

It is preposterous to suggest that Saudi misdeeds are the result of a U.S. withdrawal from the region when no such withdrawal has happened.

Posted October 9th, 2018

Report: Nikki Haley Is Resigning

Haley’s tenure as U.N. ambassador was fairly brief and not very successful.

Posted October 9th, 2018