Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iran”

‘Standing with Saudi Arabia’: Trump Becomes Riyadh’s Mouthpiece

Trump’s Persophobia and Saudi First instincts have driven him to become little more than a mouthpiece for the kingdom.

Posted November 20th, 2018

Trump’s Pro-Saudi Lies

Perhaps the most insulting lie of all is the idea that Trump’s abject subservience to Saudi interests has anything to do with putting America first.

Posted November 20th, 2018

Trump Can’t Stop Praising His ‘Great’ Saudi ‘Ally’

Saudi Arabia isn’t an ally, great or otherwise, and everything it has done over the last few years has backfired and worked to the benefit of Iran.

Posted November 20th, 2018

Why Trump’s Bankrupt Iran Policy Can’t Succeed

Iran sanctions can’t achieve the administration’s stated goals, and that is largely because those goals are unrealistic and unreasonable.

Posted November 19th, 2018

The Victims of Iran Sanctions

U.S. sanctions are going to shorten the lives of many Iranians by strangling their economy and depriving them of the medicines they need.

Posted November 19th, 2018

‘A Truly Spectacular Ally’: Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy

He grossly exaggerates the importance of Saudi Arabia for our economy, and then considers them a “truly spectacular” ally because of the exaggerated role he has invented in his own mind.

Posted November 17th, 2018

Bolton Uses WWI-Era Rhetoric to Promote a Cruel Iran Policy

If the Trump administration seeks to “squeeze them very hard,” as Bolton says, it is inevitable that the civilian population will suffer greatly as a result of that “squeezing.”

Posted November 13th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Fantasy World

The administration prefers policy fantasy to reality because the latter exposes the very real failures with North Korea and Iran.

Posted November 12th, 2018

Trump’s Collective Punishment of the Iranian People

One moment, administration officials will feign friendship and goodwill for the people, and the next they will threaten them with starvation and deprivation while blaming it on the targeted government.

Posted November 10th, 2018

‘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

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are starving Yemenis to death. Radhya Almutawakel …

Posted November 9th, 2018

Bolton’s Favorite Deranged Cult

The Western politicians and officials that lend legitimacy to this group have discredited themselves on all matters relating to Iran.

Posted November 9th, 2018

The Iran Obsession Poisons Everything

Iran hawks have been parroting discredited pro-Saudi talking points on Yemen for so long that they may have started to believe them.

Posted November 8th, 2018

Trump’s Foreign Policy After the Midterms

The midterm results will have some practical effects on Trump’s foreign policy.

Posted November 8th, 2018

The Futility of Trump’s Iran Policy

The administration’s policy seems sure to fail on its own terms, and it is also the wrong thing to do.

Posted November 6th, 2018

Punishing Iran for Doing the Right Thing

The policy punishes Iranians for doing the right things and inflicts suffering on all of them because of the wrongdoing of a few.

Posted November 5th, 2018

Iran Sanctions Are Unjust Collective Punishment

Strangling an entire country’s economy is necessarily a hostile act against the civilian population, and there is no way that it couldn’t be.

Posted November 5th, 2018