Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Facing Reality on North Korea

It is little wonder that the administration’s policy has stalled, because they are completely unsuited to finding a mutually agreeable compromise.

Posted December 18th, 2018

The Threat to Free Speech from ‘Pro-Israel’ Hawks

No American should have to toe an ideological line created to shield a foreign government from the consequences of its policies.

Posted December 18th, 2018

The Many Saudi Coalition Massacres at Sea

The shelling and shooting of fishing boats and their crews are part of the coalition’s systematic targeting of Yemeni food production and distribution.

Posted December 18th, 2018

Trump’s Iran Policy Has Already Failed

Because the Trump administration is pursuing regime change in all but name, there is no chance that Iran will yield to U.S. pressure.

Posted December 17th, 2018

The Pointless Cruelty of the Travel Ban

The inclusion of Yemen on the travel ban has meant that people trying to flee from the destruction and starvation inflicted on their country by the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition war are frequently trapped in limbo.

Posted December 17th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

No Yemenis are testifying before Congress. We asked 100 of them to …

Posted December 14th, 2018

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