Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Donald Trump”

North Korea and the ‘Worst Position’ Trump Could Take

The Trump administration is taking what Feffer correctly describes as the worst position it could possibly take.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Setting the North Korea Summit Up to Fail

Trump will abandon negotiations at the first opportunity when it becomes clear that North Korea won’t give away everything in exchange for little or nothing.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Trump’s Unreasonable Maximalism

It is peculiar how self-described nationalists here in the U.S. are consistently the last to understand that other nations value their independence and sovereignty and resent being dictated to by our government.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

Don’t Mention the (Libyan) War

Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

Trump and Pompeo Are Spitting in the Faces of Our Allies

Trump and Pompeo have been spitting in the faces of our allies, and it is no wonder that they object to it in the strongest terms.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The War on Yemen and Pompeo’s Propaganda

The administration has no demands for the governments that are actually destroying Yemen, but rather looks for excuses to continue helping them with their indiscriminate and reckless bombing.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Pompeo’s Iran Ultimatum Makes War More Likely

Imagine how a similar list of demands from a hostile state would be greeted in Washington and you get some idea of how ridiculous and offensive Pompeo’s speech will seem to Iran’s government and most Iranians.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Pompeo’s Preposterous Iran Speech

Pompeo’s speech is obviously a pretext for escalation and conflict.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Confusion and the North Korea Summit

It is only now beginning to dawn on the Trump administration that North Korea’s position isn’t what they thought it was.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The U.S. Must Lower Expectations for the Summit

If the Trump administration keeps chasing after North Korea’s denuclearization instead, they will be frittering away an opportunity for a real diplomatic success.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Trump Doesn’t Have North Korea ‘Cornered’

North Korea’s behavior is not that of a government that feels trapped, but rather one that feels supremely confident that it has the advantage.

Posted May 18th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s betrayal of American and European diplomacy. Daniel DePetris criticizes the president’s …

Posted May 18th, 2018

The Folly of Pompeo’s Anti-Iran ‘Coalition’

It isn’t realistic to burn bridges with major allies and then turn around and ask them for help.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Bolton Uses Libya As an Example to Sabotage Diplomacy

Thanks to Trump’s unpreparedness and bungling, he may very well succeed.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Trump’s Reckless Rhetoric on North Korea and Libya

Talking about “total decimation” if they don’t yield to U.S. demands will confirm the North Korean regime’s worst fears about U.S. intentions.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Trump Isn’t Bothering to Prepare for the North Korea Summit

The president’s ignorance and unpreparedness will make him an easy mark for both his hard-line advisers and the North Koreans.

Posted May 16th, 2018

Trump Sends Pompeo on a Fool’s Errand

It turns out that flagrantly violating U.S. obligations and spitting in the faces of all of our negotiating partners is a poor way to build trust.

Posted May 16th, 2018