Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Threat Hyperinflation at Centcom

Iranian hard-liners have nothing on their American counterparts when it comes to overstating how powerful and influential the Iranian government is.

Posted September 19th, 2019

The Weakness of Warmongers

Hawks never think through the consequences of the wars they want to start, but they always wring their hands about the supposed “costs of inaction” that don’t exist.

Posted September 19th, 2019

Power’s Glaring Omission: Yemen

It is the most shameful episode in Obama’s presidency, and so it is perhaps natural that former officials that were in a position to do something about it pass over it in silence.

Posted September 18th, 2019

Pompeo’s Upside-Down Worldview

No one can honestly look at the Trump administration’s Iran policy and conclude that it has “worked” in any sense except to harm ordinary Iranians, stoke conflict, and destroy Iran’s economy.

Posted September 18th, 2019

Sanctions Caused the Iran Crisis, And More Sanctions Will Make It Worse

The first rule of holes, as everyone knows, is to stop digging, but judging from Trump’s announcement today he doesn’t understand that he is in a hole.

Posted September 18th, 2019

Trump Makes Another Bad Choice for National Security Advisor

“Bolton lite” isn’t much of an improvement over Bolton.

Posted September 18th, 2019

The Petty Cruelty of Hawks

You could hardly ask for a better demonstration of how mindless and knee-jerk the addiction to sanctions is than Rubio’s threat against this small Pacific nation.

Posted September 17th, 2019

A Completely Avoidable Crisis with Iran

It is important to remember that the decisions to renege on the JCPOA and launch the economic war on Iran were completely unnecessary and wrong.

Posted September 17th, 2019

Don’t Start a War for Saudi Arabia

We know the cost of indulging Saudi Arabia in its regional ambitions, and we should refuse to lift another finger on their behalf.

Posted September 16th, 2019

The Costs of Trump’s Economic War on Iran Keep Growing

The Trump administration’s economic war on Iran has not achieved anything except to destabilize the region further and impoverish the Iranian people.

Posted September 16th, 2019

To End Endless Wars, We Must Give Up Hegemony

It is far better if the U.S. give up on hegemony and the militarism that goes with it on our terms.

Posted September 16th, 2019

Trump’s Fake Diplomacy and ‘Fake News’

The president makes a habit of denouncing accurate information as “fake news” while promoting his own fabrications as reality.

Posted September 15th, 2019

The U.S. Owes Saudi Arabia Nothing

The U.S. is not obliged to come to Saudi Arabia’s defense.

Posted September 15th, 2019

The War on Yemen and Pompeo’s Shredded Credibility

Pompeo has shredded his credibility and that of the United States with his constant, shameless lying about Iran.

Posted September 15th, 2019

Trump’s Latest Cynical ‘Pro-Israel’ Pandering

Of course, no terrible Trump foreign policy idea would be complete without the utterly cynical political motivation for bringing it up now.

Posted September 14th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Inside the wide open race to succeed John Bolton. Curt Mills reports …

Posted September 13th, 2019

The Brain-Dead Maximalism of Hard-liners

They don’t want to resolve the crisis with Iran, but rather hope to make it permanent by setting goals that can’t possibly be reached and insisting that sanctions remain in place forever.

Posted September 12th, 2019