Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

America: “indispensable nation” no more. Andrew Bacevich looks back at the hubris …

Posted February 22nd, 2019

Sanctioning Iran to Death

The Iranian people are being subjected to collective punishment because of the arbitrary whim of our president.

Posted February 22nd, 2019

The Myopia of Interventionists

American hawks couldn’t see further in the future. They weren’t even perceiving the present correctly.

Posted February 21st, 2019

Our Illegal War in Syria Goes On

Leaving behind a residual force puts them at risk for no good reason.

Posted February 21st, 2019

The Hanoi Summit and the Fantasy of Disarming North Korea

The administration needs to face up to the reality that North Korean disarmament isn’t happening.

Posted February 21st, 2019

Venezuela and Trump’s Plunder Doctrine

It is easy to believe that Trump entertained the idea of war with Venezuela for the express purpose of seizing their oil resources.

Posted February 20th, 2019

Sanctioning Venezuela to Death

The Venezuelan people are the ones being made to pay the price for their government’s wrongdoing.

Posted February 20th, 2019

Americans Want Greater Restraint in Foreign Policy

The survey is another piece of evidence that Americans increasingly favor greater restraint in foreign policy after almost two decades of unceasing foreign wars.

Posted February 20th, 2019

Good Riddance to ‘Arab NATO’

Like every other part of the Trump administration’s anti-Iranian “strategy,” the attempt to create an explicitly anti-Iranian security organization has flopped due to lack of interest.

Posted February 19th, 2019

A Reality Check on Our Absurd Venezuela Policy

Now the U.S. is in the absurd position of supporting a “legitimate” government with no power.

Posted February 19th, 2019

The Fantasies of Regime Changers

These fantasies are rooted in grossly overestimating the power of our government to affect political change in other countries and exaggerating the vulnerability of the targeted regime.

Posted February 19th, 2019

Trump’s Irresponsible Venezuela Speech

There is almost no message less likely to spur defections from the Venezuelan military than this one, and there is no messenger less suited to delivering it than Trump.

Posted February 18th, 2019

The Pitfalls of Weaponizing Aid Deliveries

Taken together with the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector, the attempt to use aid as a political weapon to achieve regime change is particularly cruel.

Posted February 17th, 2019

Today’s Rift with Europe Echoes the Iraq War Debate

The only reason to promote the lie that Iran seeks nuclear weapons is to create a pretext for war.

Posted February 17th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Under the Boot. Lyle Jeremy Rubin writes a withering takedown of Max …

Posted February 15th, 2019

The U.S. Will Regret Interfering in Venezuela

There is usually a dangerous combination of hubris and failure to anticipate setbacks in every regime change policy, and this one is no exception.

Posted February 15th, 2019

Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe Keeps Getting Worse

These are the horrors that U.S. support for the war on Yemen helps make possible.

Posted February 14th, 2019