Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

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

Power’s Pathetic Libyan War Excuse

It is a pathetic attempt by Power to deny responsibility for the effects of a war she backed by shrugging her shoulders and pleading ignorance.

Posted September 9th, 2019

Getting Diplomacy Wrong

Pompeo’s description of bad diplomacy fits his own tenure as Secretary of State and the Trump administration’s foreign policy record perfectly.

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Debunking the Fantasies of Iran Hawks

Oren is 0 for 3 in debunking “myths” about the JCPOA.

Posted July 18th, 2019

Trump’s Contempt for Iran and the Failure of ‘Maximum Pressure’

Trump and his officials clearly want to humiliate and weaken Iran with their sweeping and unreasonable demands, so Iran has no reason to talk to them.

Posted July 16th, 2019

To Help the Iranian Opposition, Lift the Sanctions

There is no reason to think that our government’s interference now would be any better, and there is no reason to believe that most Iranians want whatever “help” the U.S. has to offer.

Posted July 11th, 2019

Our Increasingly Polarized and Erratic Foreign Policy

Insofar as foreign policy positioning has become a front in the culture war, we should expect polarization on these issues to increase over time and as a result U.S. policies will become ever more erratic.

Posted July 8th, 2019

Neglecting Foreign Policy in the Presidential Debates

The failure to ask presidential candidates more questions about foreign policy may help to account for why one administration after another makes so many terrible errors.

Posted June 28th, 2019

A Shameful Op-Ed on Yemen

Carrying water for the Saudis and Emiratis has nothing to do with demonstrating support for the people of Yemen.

Posted June 25th, 2019

Presidential Wars Are Illegal Wars

Today the president assumes he can bypass Congress entirely and order unjustified attacks without even giving Congressional leaders advance notice.

Posted June 22nd, 2019

Cotton’s Blithe Warmongering on Iran

It is unfortunate that Cotton’s proposal was not laughed out of the room for being the sick warmongering that it is.

Posted June 16th, 2019

Romney Has Learned Nothing

The junior senator from Utah has learned nothing after all these years, and there is no reason to expect that he ever will.

Posted June 6th, 2019

Foreign Policy Myths and the 2020 Election

It is too bad that so many analysts and pundits are wasting time complaining about the candidates’ imaginary neglect of the issues when it seems that they are the ones neglecting what the candidates are saying and doing.

Posted May 11th, 2019

There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine’

There is a hodgepodge of competing influences and factions in the Trump administration.

Posted April 23rd, 2019

American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

When we move beyond generalities and slogans, it becomes clear who the real cynics are in our foreign policy debates.

Posted April 3rd, 2019

Don’t Mention the ‘Red Line’

U.S. “credibility” is not in danger if Trump doesn’t back up his reckless Venezuela rhetoric. U.S. interests will definitely be harmed if he chooses to back up that rhetoric with aggressive action.

Posted April 1st, 2019

O’Rourke’s Presidential Campaign Makes No Sense

O’Rourke doesn’t have a signature issue in the same way that Obama did, and he doesn’t have anything else he can point to in his record that the many other more experienced candidates lack.

Posted March 14th, 2019