Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

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

Trump’s Saber-Rattling on Syria

If Trump were really interested in extricating the U.S. from war in Syria, he would not be engaged in mindless saber-rattling against the Syrian government and its allies.

Posted April 8th, 2018

Iran Hawks Hate the Nuclear Deal Because It Is Successful

Opponents of the deal didn’t want the nuclear issue to be resolved through diplomacy, and they are doing their utmost to sabotage the agreement.

Posted April 5th, 2018

Trump’s Irrational Hostility to the Nuclear Deal

Reneging on one of the most successful diplomatic agreements the U.S. has made in decades is a short-sighted and needlessly destructive action, and it will go down as one of Trump’s biggest unforced errors as president.

Posted March 29th, 2018

The War on Yemen Is Indefensible

Now that we can see the horrifying consequences of enabling this war, no one should still be making excuses for such an indefensible policy.

Posted March 22nd, 2018

The Senate Must Refuse to Confirm Haspel

Torture was and is a heinous crime, and any person involved in committing such a crime should have no place in our government, much less running a government agency.

Posted March 19th, 2018