Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

This is America’s Middle East strategy on steroids. Stephen Walt explains that …

Posted October 19th, 2018

The Boundless Bad Faith of Iran Hawks

Holding specific officials accountable for their role in an outrageous crime is very different from strangling a country’s entire economy and choking off its access to humanitarian goods.

Posted October 19th, 2018

Remembering the Dahyan School Bus Massacre in Yemen

Congress must halt all U.S. support for the war on Yemen as quickly as possible before there are any more Dahyans.

Posted October 19th, 2018

Trump’s Record of Failure in the Middle East

It has needlessly escalated conflicts, inflicted collective punishment on tens of millions of people and damaged U.S. interests and our national reputation.

Posted October 18th, 2018

The Overdue Backlash Against Saudi Arabia Is Growing

The Saudi government has committed so many outrages in just the last few years that all of them have begun to have a cumulative effect on how policymakers and the media view the crown prince and his policies.

Posted October 18th, 2018

Credulous Pundits and Foreign ‘Reformers’

This will keep happening as long as the U.S. maintains close ties with clients that have little or nothing to do with U.S. interests and as long as our government takes sides in regional rivalries.

Posted October 18th, 2018

Trump Isn’t ‘Laying the Foundation’ for Greater Foreign Policy Restraint

Trump engages in the same selective outrage and moralizing when he wants to, and he has even ordered military action as a result.

Posted October 17th, 2018

The Failing Trump Foreign Policy

On its own terms, the administration’s Iran policy has predictably failed.

Posted October 17th, 2018

Mohammed bin Salman’s Gruesome Crime

It was a planned, state-sanctioned hit carried out on the orders of the kingdom’s de facto ruler, the Saudi government is still lying about what happened, and the Trump administration is shamelessly covering for them as much as possible.

Posted October 17th, 2018

The Saudi Sycophants in the Trump Administration

The Trump administration’s cynical indulgence of self-serving Saudi claims has been on full display this week.

Posted October 16th, 2018

How Iran Sanctions Hurt the Iranian People

The administration is not only doing its best to strangle Iran’s economy and impoverish the population, but it is also effectively depriving Iranians of access to basic humanitarian goods.

Posted October 16th, 2018

Trump’s Unrealistic and Unwise Syria Policy

The administration’s goal is, as usual, every bit as unrealistic as it is unrelated to U.S. interests.

Posted October 16th, 2018

Yemen Is Being Starved to Death

The evidence of the Saudi coalition’s cruel collective punishment of Yemen’s civilian population has been out there for a long time, and it is long past time that the U.S. stop supporting these governments as they commit crimes against humanity.

Posted October 16th, 2018

Pompeo’s North Korea Fantasy

Pompeo is making it quite clear that the administration “will not compromise” on demands that North Korea will never accept, so he may as well be announcing that the administration’s North Korea policy has already failed on its own terms.

Posted October 16th, 2018

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