Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Egypt”

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

The ‘Springtime for Strongmen’ and the Myth of Retrenchment

Kagan is eager to tie the fortunes of liberal democracy around the world to the extent of U.S. involvement abroad, but the former doesn’t actually depend on the latter.

Posted January 23rd, 2019

What Is the Point of Pompeo’s Cairo Speech?

Pompeo won’t admit it in his speech, but the current U.S. role in the region is a destabilizing one that involves aiding and abetting war crimes and helping to cause mass starvation.

Posted December 19th, 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

Go Not Abroad In Search of Monsters to Arm

We still shouldn’t go searching for monsters to destroy, but a more immediate concern should be that we stop arming and supporting monsters as they wreak havoc on their neighbors and their own people.

Posted November 23rd, 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

Trump’s Terrible ‘Arab NATO’ Idea Won’t Go Away

An anti-Iranian alliance would not stabilize the region, but would more likely become a vehicle for more destructive meddling in the affairs of other states.

Posted October 2nd, 2018

Trump’s Misguided Embrace of the Sisi Dictatorship

There is no excuse for the continued indulgence of the Sisi dictatorship by our government.

Posted September 9th, 2018