Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Elliott Abrams”

The Absurdity of Our Regime Change Policy in Venezuela

Like the confident Western assertions from 2012 that Assad “must go,” the administration is “certain” of an outcome that seems increasingly unlikely to happen.

Posted April 15th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Under the Boot. Lyle Jeremy Rubin writes a withering takedown of Max …

Posted February 15th, 2019

Pompeo Puts Elliott Abrams in Charge of Regime Change in Venezuela

The message that the Abrams appointment sends is the worst imaginable that the U.S. could send right now.

Posted January 26th, 2019

What’s Really Wrong with U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

The real question isn’t whether or not we should stop “trying to solve” problems in the region, because we haven’t been trying to do that, but whether we should stop using the countries of the region as pawns in our government’s destructive fixations with terrorism and Iran.

Posted December 12th, 2018

Our Hard-liners Need Iran’s Hard-liners (II)

A Raisi victory would be a sudden move in the wrong direction.

Posted May 16th, 2017

Report: Elliott Abrams Will Be Deputy Secretary of State

Bolton won’t be getting the job after all, but in his place will be someone with an equally awful foreign policy record and similarly warped judgment.

Posted February 4th, 2017

The Bolton Test

Nominating Bolton to be Tillerson’s deputy would be a huge mistake.

Posted December 15th, 2016

A Very Biased Article on GOP Foreign Policy Divisions

The article is skewed heavily in favor of supporters of Bush-era foreign policy.

Posted December 30th, 2015

The “Freedom Agenda” and the Cynicism of Hard-liners

Hard-liners continue to invoke the plight of the people in other countries while advocating for policies that harm them.

Posted August 4th, 2015

When Democratists Blame America

Freedom has been retreating around the world for the last decade no matter how much support the U.S. gives to democracy promotion efforts.

Posted January 28th, 2015

Cuba and “Credibility”

Restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba isn’t going to have negative “repercussions” around the world.

Posted December 17th, 2014

The Pointless West Point Speech

As expected, Obama’s commencement speech at West Point contained very little new …

Posted May 28th, 2014

The Odd Hawkish Obsession with Reputation

Elliott Abrams concludes another hawkish argument on Syria with a very tired …

Posted January 7th, 2014

Defining Neoconservatism

Elliott Abrams unsurprisingly gives a completely self-serving and misleading definition of neoconservatism: …

Posted June 7th, 2013

The U.S. Has Nothing to “Lose” in Syria

Elliott Abrams imagines what Assad’s patrons are telling themselves about the conflict …

Posted May 29th, 2013

The Diminishing Returns of Republican “Pro-Israel” Politics

Republican hard-liners have not surprisingly come to the exact wrong conclusion about …

Posted February 27th, 2013

A “Balanced and Realistic” Understanding of the Near East

Rod reacts to Scott McConnell’s post on a forthcoming hearing on Israel …

Posted November 27th, 2012