Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

The Empty Throne and the Cult of American ‘Leadership’

Adherents of the cult don’t feel the need to justify the extraordinary, hyperactive U.S. role in the world.

Posted September 14th, 2018

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Five Years Later

It is perhaps fitting that belief in the “credibility” argument is itself essentially an article of faith for a certain kind of foreign policy analyst.

Posted September 13th, 2018

Trump’s Misguided Embrace of the Sisi Dictatorship

There is no excuse for the continued indulgence of the Sisi dictatorship by our government.

Posted September 9th, 2018

The Darkness of Having ‘No Daylight’ with Clients

Trump puts keeping “no daylight” with client states ahead of securing American interests.

Posted August 29th, 2018

The War on Yemen and Everything That’s Wrong with U.S. Foreign Policy

Our government’s support for the war on Yemen exemplifies all of what is worst in U.S. foreign policy.

Posted August 15th, 2018

Trump Ignores Congress’ Yemen Conditions

The president’s signing statement confirms that the administration has no intention of paying attention to Congress’ conditions.

Posted August 14th, 2018

Yemen Is the Most Important and Most Ignored Story in the World

U.S. support for the war on Yemen is a deeply shameful episode in the history of this country, and many of our politicians and pundits would just as soon sweep it under the rug.

Posted July 29th, 2018

Trump Echoes Iranian Hard-liners

Trump never bothered to verify the claim because he automatically believes anything that seems to support his rejection of the JCPOA.

Posted July 5th, 2018

A Very Gullible President

Trump’s credulity about an Iranian cleric’s statement is of a piece with his repetition of other false claims about the nuclear deal.

Posted July 3rd, 2018

Trump’s Parallel Reality

Trump’s description of his parallel reality unwittingly calls to mind his most reckless and destructive actions, and it shows how oblivious he is to their consequences.

Posted June 21st, 2018

The Slapdash Summit

Bolton wants diplomacy with North Korea to fail, so he has no incentive to get Trump ready for the summit.

Posted June 7th, 2018

The Delusions of Democratic Hawks on North Korea

By preemptively dismissing any agreement that falls short of their unrealistic expectations, these senators are helping the administration’s own hard-liners in their desire to sabotage diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang.

Posted June 4th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Bogus War Powers Claim

The president has no authority to order an attack against a government that has not attacked the U.S. or U.S. forces.

Posted June 4th, 2018

Bolton Adds Another Hard-liner to the NSC

In the Bush era, Fleitz was Bolton’s “enforcer,” and that is presumably the role he is going to reprise on the NSC.

Posted May 30th, 2018

The ‘Neo-American Era’ Is Over Before It Began

Mead describes U.S. clients in the region as “useful allies,” but none of them has proven to be useful at doing very much except causing more headaches for the U.S. and implicating us in their crimes.

Posted May 15th, 2018

The Legal ‘Arguments’ for Attacking Syria Are Preposterous

If you think that the president’s authority is limited by the Constitution, you have to oppose an attack on the Syrian government as the illegal overreach that it is.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Foreign Policy and the ‘Instinct’ Trap

Candidates and presidents shouldn’t be judged on their supposed instincts, but only by the policies that they support and the decisions that they make.

Posted April 11th, 2018