Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

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

Live by Illegal Presidential Warfare, Die by Presidential Whim

When Congress acquiesces in presidential decisions to start illegal wars, they can’t very well complain when a president suddenly decides to end one.

Posted December 19th, 2018

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018

The Story of a Saudi Coalition Massacre in Yemen

The Arhab massacre is the U.S.-backed war on Yemen in miniature.

Posted December 11th, 2018

How the World Failed Yemen

The famine that is already devouring the lives of many innocent Yemenis was foreseen long ago.

Posted December 5th, 2018

The Backlash Against Trump’s ‘No Daylight’ Saudi Policy

The funny thing about a slavish “no daylight” approach to any international relationship is that it harms the relationship in question while discrediting the administration that is bending over backwards to preserve it.

Posted December 5th, 2018

Whitewashing McCain’s Support for the War on Yemen

The success of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution this week was as much a rebuke to McCain’s foreign policy legacy as it was a rebuke to Trump’s shameless Saudi First behavior.

Posted November 29th, 2018

Pompeo’s Mendacious Pro-Saudi Propaganda

Pompeo’s latest apologia on behalf of Saudi Arabia should be dismissed as the mendacious piece of propaganda that it clearly is.

Posted November 27th, 2018

Bolton’s Favorite Deranged Cult

The Western politicians and officials that lend legitimacy to this group have discredited themselves on all matters relating to Iran.

Posted November 9th, 2018

The Cost of Enabling Reckless Clients

Enabling reckless clients implicates our government in their wrongdoing, and it puts the U.S. in the absurd position of covering for behavior that has already damaged America’s reputation and harmed our interests.

Posted October 14th, 2018

Arms Sales and Trump’s ‘Saudi First’ Foreign Policy

An administration conducting a foreign policy that genuinely prioritized American interests would not keep sucking up to and covering for Saudi crimes.

Posted October 14th, 2018

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