Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Donald Trump”

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 Historic Antiwar Resolution on Yemen

S.J.Res. 54 challenges decades of Congressional acquiescence to illegal presidential warmaking.

Posted December 13th, 2018

The Senate Passes S.J.Res. 54, 56-41

The passage of the resolution is an important victory in reclaiming Congressional war powers and it is the first vote of its kind under the War Powers Resolution to pass the Senate.

Posted December 13th, 2018

Trump’s Scramble for Africa

U.S. security interests aren’t threatened by Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, and framing U.S. policy for the entire continent as a zero-sum great power competition isn’t going to be very appealing to African governments.

Posted December 13th, 2018

The Saudis Are a Liability to the U.S.

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is not nearly as important or valuable to the U.S. as its apologists claim, and the Saudi government is little more than a liability.

Posted December 13th, 2018

The Continued Cruelty of ‘Maximum Pressure’

This is simply a case of punishing the weakest and most vulnerable people in North Korea in a vain bid to revive a “maximum pressure” policy that has already failed.

Posted December 12th, 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

Trump Throws More Money at the Pentagon

Persuading Trump to throw more money at the Pentagon must have been the easiest assignment in Mattis’ life.

Posted December 10th, 2018

Save the INF Treaty

Quitting the INF Treaty unfortunately fits the administration’s pattern of reneging on and abandoning agreements without giving any thought to the consequences of withdrawal.

Posted December 10th, 2018

Pompeo’s Terrible Diplomacy

This is what happens when someone with nothing but disdain for diplomacy is appointed as our government’s chief diplomat.

Posted December 9th, 2018

Send Trump and the Saudis a Message: End Support for the War on Yemen

Support for the war on Yemen is the definition of a policy that the U.S. doesn’t need to have.

Posted December 9th, 2018

The Great Saudi Rip-Off

The U.S. has not only been enabling Saudi coalition war crimes in an unauthorized war for more than three and a half years, but American taxpayers have also been paying far more for the war than we knew.

Posted December 8th, 2018

Our Complicity in the Crime of Mass Starvation in Yemen

There is no question that the Saudi coalition has been using starvation as a weapon in its war on Yemen, and that by itself should give us a good enough reason to cut off all support to their war effort.

Posted December 7th, 2018

240,000 Yemenis Are Already Living in Famine Conditions

To persist in this despicable policy when we can clearly see the destructive effects it is having on millions of innocent people would very simply be evil.

Posted December 7th, 2018

Nauert and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

The appointment of Nauert just underscores that Trump has no interest in diplomacy or expertise, and he just wants people willing to recite nonsensical talking points.

Posted December 6th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Two-Faced Yemen Policy

The Trump administration unsurprisingly would like to have things both ways: deny that the U.S. is a party to the conflict, but also fight as hard as possible to make sure that the U.S. remains involved in it.

Posted December 6th, 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