Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iran”

Getting Diplomacy Wrong

Pompeo’s description of bad diplomacy fits his own tenure as Secretary of State and the Trump administration’s foreign policy record perfectly.

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Pompeo’s Distorting Ideological Lens

Pompeo doesn’t want to understand why Iran’s behavior has become more combative, not least since that would show the administration’s Iran policy to be a dangerous failure.

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Sestak’s Sensible Warning Against War with Iran

Sestak is doing a better job of defending the nuclear deal and firmly opposing war with Iran than all but a handful of the other candidates.

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Nationalism and Our Foreign Policy Failures

Nationalists should know better than anyone that other nationalists would reject arrogant demands for surrender, but it is nationalism that encourages them in their arrogant presumption that everyone else should submit to what “we” want.

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Pompeo Repeats the Big Lie About Iran

If not to gin up a phony case for war, why would the Trump administration consistently lie to the public by claiming that Iran has a nuclear weapons program when all of the evidence shows that there is no such thing?

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Nikki Haley’s Foreign Policy ‘Principles’ and China

She presents a fantasy of principled international behavior to support U.S. aggression against China.

Posted July 21st, 2019

Trump Is Wrong to Keep Bolton Around

While the president deludes himself about Bolton’s “value,” Bolton is busily pushing his own agenda.

Posted July 21st, 2019

U.S. Troops Are Going Back to Saudi Arabia

For a president who is supposedly “retreating” from the region and the world, Trump keeps adding to the numbers of U.S. military personnel deployed abroad much more often than he subtracts.

Posted July 20th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

1984: the year America didn’t go to war. Mark Perry recounts the …

Posted July 19th, 2019

Debunking the Fantasies of Iran Hawks

Oren is 0 for 3 in debunking “myths” about the JCPOA.

Posted July 18th, 2019

‘National Conservatism’ and Restraint

Looking over the schedule for the conference, I was struck by how many of the participants on the main foreign policy panel were extremely hawkish supporters of many of the administration’s worst policies overseas.

Posted July 17th, 2019

Why Iran Hawks Always Misunderstand Iran

They prefer to substitute their ideologically-driven caricature for real analysis, and that inevitably leads them to draw the wrong conclusions about policy.

Posted July 17th, 2019

The Opportunism and Desperation of Iran Hawks

Here is a perfect example of how leading Iran hawks make false and misleading claims to promote their failed “maximum pressure” campaign.

Posted July 17th, 2019

Trump’s Contempt for Iran and the Failure of ‘Maximum Pressure’

Trump and his officials clearly want to humiliate and weaken Iran with their sweeping and unreasonable demands, so Iran has no reason to talk to them.

Posted July 16th, 2019

Pompeo’s Nuclear Deal Nonsense

Pompeo’s insistence that the U.S. has made “progress” with its Iran policy is every bit as false as his other claims.

Posted July 15th, 2019

What Appointing Fleitz as DNI Would Mean

Putting Fleitz in such a position would be a huge victory for Bolton, and it would mean that the National Security Advisor’s influence in the administration continues to grow.

Posted July 14th, 2019

Giuliani’s Cuckoo Praise for the MEK

When Giuliani affirms that the MEK’s agenda “looks just like our Bill of Rights,” you begin to wonder if he has undergone some of the group’s brainwashing techniques.

Posted July 14th, 2019