Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

Trump’s Irresponsible North Korea Rhetoric

Trump’s rhetoric suggests that he could be contemplating launching an illegal preventive war.

Posted September 19th, 2017

Trump’s Belligerent UN Speech

It was alarming to hear Trump speak in such stark, fanatical terms about international affairs.

Posted September 19th, 2017

A ‘Dark Time’ in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has long been a repressive and authoritarian state, but the latest crackdown suggests that it is becoming even worse under the leadership of the reckless crown prince.

Posted September 19th, 2017

The Failed War on Yemen Must End

The war on Yemen has utterly failed on its own terms.

Posted September 18th, 2017

Yemen’s Appalling Cholera Epidemic Keeps Getting Worse

If the number of new cases keeps growing like this, there could easily be over a million by the start of 2018.

Posted September 18th, 2017

The Dangers of the Kurdish Referendum

All of this is just the start of the overwhelmingly hostile response from Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbors.

Posted September 18th, 2017

Discerning the ‘Spirit’ of the Nuclear Deal

The officials falsely claiming that Iran is violating the deal’s “spirit” are doing so in a transparent attempt to undermine the deal.

Posted September 17th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Murder of journalists reflects global assault on free speech. Noah Millman comments …

Posted September 15th, 2017

Kelly’s Bizarre View of Mexico

The idea that Mexico is on the “verge of collapse” or comparable to Venezuela under Chavez is nonsense.

Posted September 15th, 2017

The Poisonous Fruits of Threat Inflation

Support for war with North Korea has risen in the last decade and a half.

Posted September 15th, 2017

MBS’ Crackdown and the Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The latest Saudi crackdown reminds us that the U.S. has yoked itself to one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world for dubious reasons.

Posted September 15th, 2017

Trump’s Weakness Revisited

Trump will get rolled in any negotiation he enters into because all that interests him is the appearance of successful deal-making.

Posted September 14th, 2017

A Blockade of North Korea Would Be Folly

Imposing a naval blockade would add an enormous, costly burden that the U.S. doesn’t need.

Posted September 13th, 2017

Opposed to Endless War? You Might Be an ‘Isolationist’

Invoking “isolationism” in the context of a debate about war authorizations is even worse than the usual error of applying the label to people that reject it.

Posted September 13th, 2017

Senate Rejects Paul’s AUMF Amendment

The result of the Senate vote was disappointing, but Sen. Paul deserves credit for making the vote happen in the first place.

Posted September 13th, 2017

Red Cross: Yemen Cholera Epidemic Could Reach 850,000 by Year’s End

The millions of malnourished Yemenis starved by the coalition blockade are especially vulnerable to disease.

Posted September 13th, 2017

The War on Yemen and the Saudi War Crimes

The Saudis don’t want an international inquiry that has at least some chance of being impartial and independent.

Posted September 13th, 2017