Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Egypt”

Who’s Afraid of Tulsi Gabbard?

The profile plays up Gabbard’s supposed emphasis on “doom” while having virtually nothing accurate to say about the substance of her foreign policy views.

Posted August 4th, 2019

The Iran Obsession and Qatar

There is nothing “clear-eyed” about allowing the Iran obsession to poison every other relationship that the U.S. has.

Posted July 9th, 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

Trump’s Disgraceful Libya Policy

Haftar’s forces were pretty clearly responsible for the airstrike, but the U.S. is still unwilling to condemn it.

Posted July 5th, 2019

Trump Covers for Haftar’s War Crimes

By shielding Haftar and the LNA from condemnation by the Security Council, the Trump administration has declared for the warlord.

Posted July 4th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Reckless in Riyadh. Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon recount the short, destructive …

Posted June 7th, 2019

Pulling Libya Back from the Brink

The U.S. position regarding Libya’s conflict has been hopelessly muddled since Trump seemed to throw his support behind Haftar and the assault on Tripoli.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Trump’s Subservience to Despotic Clients

All that it takes to get Trump to rewrite U.S. policy according to their preferences is to ask him to do their bidding and he readily agrees.

Posted May 12th, 2019

The Folly of Designating the Muslim Brotherhood

They can’t possibly meet the criteria for the designation, but then the push to label them as terrorists is a purely ideological one.

Posted May 6th, 2019

When Is a Coup Not a Coup? When We Don’t Want It To Be One

Guaido is using the example of another Venezuelan coup as a template for what he wants to see happen, but it is somehow outrageous distortion to call that a coup.

Posted May 1st, 2019

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood Is Wrong and Illegal

The main reason why the designation is wrong is that most chapters of the Muslim Brotherhood do not engage in or support terrorism in any way, and they certainly don’t represent a threat to the U.S.

Posted April 30th, 2019

Trump Endorsed Haftar’s Attack on Tripoli

In addition to being a destabilizing and reckless move, Trump’s support for Haftar aligns the U.S. with a known war criminal responsible for many outrages in Libya.

Posted April 24th, 2019

Taking the Wrong Side in Libya

The Trump administration is taking sides in Libya’s civil war, and thanks to the president’s bad judgment our government is taking the wrong side.

Posted April 19th, 2019

The Saudis and Emiratis Are Destabilizing Another Country

The Saudis and the UAE have been destabilizing several countries in the region for many years, and this episode in Libya is just the latest in a string of their ill-conceived power plays.

Posted April 16th, 2019

The Saudis Encouraged the Attack on Tripoli

Like their previous destructive power plays in other parts of the region, the Saudi-backed attack has gone poorly and backfired on their client.

Posted April 12th, 2019

Egypt Abandons the So-Called ‘Arab NATO’

Sisi’s rebuff of one of the administration’s biggest initiatives is another administration failure and the latest proof that most regional states have no appetite for greater hostility towards Iran.

Posted April 10th, 2019

The Many Hawkish Abuses of the Monroe Doctrine

The Monroe Doctrine is one of the most frequently misunderstood and misrepresented aspects of the history of U.S. foreign policy.

Posted March 3rd, 2019