Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “George W. Bush”

Preventive War Is Always Unjust

It is bad enough that people fell for the administration’s lies in 2003, but to continue defending the debacle after everything that has happened is inexcusable.

Posted March 20th, 2019

The U.S. Can’t ‘Fix’ Venezuela

Interventionism doesn’t suddenly become successful and wise because it takes place closer to home.

Posted February 24th, 2019

Today’s Rift with Europe Echoes the Iraq War Debate

The only reason to promote the lie that Iran seeks nuclear weapons is to create a pretext for war.

Posted February 17th, 2019

‘Cooking’ and Ignoring Intelligence on Iran

it is telling that Trump is now regurgitating the pro-war dead-ender narrative that “faulty intelligence” was to blame for the Iraq war.

Posted February 3rd, 2019

‘Restoring Democracy’ Is the New Code for Regime Change

The rhetoric of democracy “restoration” is no better than Bush-era claptrap about democracy promotion.

Posted November 10th, 2018

Haley’s Nuclear Deal Delusions

If Iran someday becomes the “next North Korea,” it will be because the Trump administration undermined the nuclear deal and gave them every incentive to seek nuclear weapons.

Posted August 28th, 2018

Foreign Policy and Trump’s First SOTU

The foreign policy section of the speech painted a picture of a thoroughly hard-line and militarized approach to the world that is going to cost the U.S. dearly.

Posted January 30th, 2018

The ‘Blob’ Thrives on the Myth of ‘Retreat’

Every president presides over a very activist and hawkish foreign policy, but for many hard-liners and interventionists of different stripes it is never enough.

Posted January 18th, 2018

The Republicans’ Dilemma

Until Trump’s elected Republican critics are able to offer something other than reheated Bushism, they may as well quit.

Posted October 25th, 2017

The U.S. Should Reject Preventive War

The U.S. should repudiate preventive warfare because it is both illegal and inherently unjust.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

Trump Was ‘Presidential’ Last Night, But That’s Not a Good Thing

Trump has proven to be every bit as “presidential” as LBJ and George W. Bush at their worst.

Posted August 22nd, 2017

North Korea and the Nuclear Deal

North Korea is a cautionary tale about what happens when hard-liners in Washington prefer to scrap an imperfect but working nonproliferation agreement in favor of pursuing the fantasy of forcing the other side’s total capitulation.

Posted August 10th, 2017

Georgia Shouldn’t (and Won’t) Be a NATO Member

Reviving talk of Georgia’s future NATO membership today is irresponsible and dangerous.

Posted August 8th, 2017

What’s the Use in Having a United Republican Government?

The last time Republicans controlled all the levers of power in Washington, the results were massive debt, administrative incompetence, failed wars, and a major financial crisis.

Posted May 30th, 2017

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Posted April 18th, 2017

Israel’s Occupation and Hawkish Delusions

It is a measure of how fanatical “pro-Israel” hawks in the U.S. have become that they condemn others for accurately describing Israel’s role as an occupier.

Posted April 4th, 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