Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “H.R. McMaster”

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018

The President’s North Korea Delusions

Most of the administration’s critics have been urging them to acknowledge reality and recognize that deterrence remains the practical alternative to a disarmament that isn’t happening and a war that must not happen.

Posted July 3rd, 2018

Mattis’ Influence Is Waning

The Secretary of Defense is just influential enough to stop Trump from withdrawing troops from a pointless war in Afghanistan, but not nearly influential enough to prevent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Posted June 25th, 2018

Bolton Will Be Trump’s New National Security Advisor

Everything that was reckless and destructive in Trump’s foreign policy is now much likelier to become even worse.

Posted March 22nd, 2018

Beware the Coming of Bolton

Bolton’s name has been floated for top jobs in the administration before, but I get the sinking feeling that this time it might really happen.

Posted March 14th, 2018

McMaster’s ‘Messianic Fervor’ on North Korea

If McMaster and other officials in the White House take for granted that North Korea is undeterrable and a major war is inevitable, they might actually believe that it is better to start the war sooner.

Posted February 12th, 2018

Report: White House Wants More Military Options for North Korea

The truth is that there is no military option against North Korea that comes at an acceptable cost, and a responsible administration would not pretend otherwise.

Posted February 2nd, 2018

Will Bolton Replace McMaster?

Nothing could be more bankrupt than a discredited Iraq war booster calling for regime change in yet another country while hitching himself to a group of disgraced exiles, but that is what Bolton is offering.

Posted January 29th, 2018

‘Compelling Denuclearization’ Means Starting a War

Starting a war with North Korea ought to be unthinkable.

Posted December 20th, 2017

H.R. McMaster, Threat Inflation Advisor

McMaster has engaged in the worst kind of threat inflation and fear-mongering on North Korea.

Posted December 19th, 2017

Where Is the Debate Over Attacking North Korea?

There has been a noticeable lack of debate over attacking North Korea, but administration officials have been anything but coy about the possibility that they might do this.

Posted December 14th, 2017

McMaster’s North Korea Myopia

Denuclearization is a fantasy, and the continued pursuit of it invites disaster for the U.S., the Koreas, and the surrounding region.

Posted December 14th, 2017

We Must Reject Preventive War in Korea

Preventive war in Korea would be wrong and illegal, and it would have disastrous consequences.

Posted December 11th, 2017

The Trump Administration Clings to Its Failed North Korea Policy

The administration remains locked into a North Korea policy divorced from reality.

Posted December 4th, 2017

McMaster’s Irresponsible North Korea Rhetoric

If the U.S. was in a race to “solve” North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, we already lost years ago.

Posted December 3rd, 2017

The Trump-Corker Feud Resumes

Corker notably isn’t challenging the administration on the substance of its policies, and that is what needs far greater scrutiny and criticism from members of Congress.

Posted October 24th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

McCain’s tired dogma. Andrew Bacevich responds to John McCain’s Liberty Medal speech. …

Posted October 20th, 2017