Daniel Larison

Posts in category “foreign policy”

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.

Posted December 14th, 2018

The Historic Antiwar Resolution on Yemen

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

Posted December 13th, 2018

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.

Posted December 13th, 2018

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.

Posted December 13th, 2018

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.

Posted December 13th, 2018

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.

Posted December 12th, 2018

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.

Posted December 12th, 2018

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.

Posted December 12th, 2018

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.

Posted December 12th, 2018

The Costs of the War on the People of Yemen

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

Posted December 11th, 2018

The Story of a Saudi Coalition Massacre in Yemen

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

Posted December 11th, 2018

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.

Posted December 10th, 2018

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.

Posted December 10th, 2018

Pompeo’s Terrible Diplomacy

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

Posted December 9th, 2018

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.

Posted December 9th, 2018

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?

Posted December 9th, 2018

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.

Posted December 8th, 2018