Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Iraq”

Non-Interventionism and Thinking Seriously About Unnecessary Wars

Military intervention does not have to be an “enduring feature” of U.S. foreign policy.

Posted October 15th, 2019

When Deportation Is a Death Sentence

What was done to this man was a grave injustice, and his death is as horrible as it was unnecessary and preventable.

Posted August 8th, 2019

Whitewashing the MEK Makes No Sense

This is the creepy and dangerous group that quite a few Iran hawks want to promote and possibly install as the next government of Iran.

Posted July 7th, 2019

Pompeo’s ‘Blame Iran First’ Propaganda

The false claim that Iran was behind the attack in Kabul is of a piece with the administration’s propaganda efforts to tie Iran to anything and everything that goes wrong in the wider region.

Posted June 15th, 2019

Pence’s Dangerous West Point Sabre-Rattling

When political and military leaders in a country convince themselves that war with another state is inevitable, they tend to take actions that make it harder to avoid that war.

Posted May 28th, 2019

Debunking Pompeo’s Lie About Iran and Al Qaeda

Yes, the reality is “kind of the opposite” of what Pompeo said because Pompeo was lying about the nature of the relationship.

Posted May 22nd, 2019

Debunking the Administration’s Iran Hysteria

The current administration has lied so often and so brazenly about so many things, especially as it relates to Iran, that we have to assume that they are making things up again to create a crisis

Posted May 14th, 2019

Pompeo’s Berlin Blunder

The German government will reasonably conclude that a major alliance and trading relationship with Europe’s biggest economy matters much less to the Trump administration than indulging in anti-Iranian theatrics.

Posted May 8th, 2019

The Iran Hawks’ Creepy Embrace of the MEK

Every time that a prominent American shills for the MEK, it is an insult to the genuine Iranian opposition.

Posted April 12th, 2019

Trump Is Laying the Groundwork for War

Repeatedly calling Iran a “terrorist nation,” it’s clear Trump never had any regard for the country or its people.

Posted April 9th, 2019

The Colossal Blunder of Reneging on the JCPOA

Reneging on the nuclear deal was a destructive and stupid move, and the U.S. will be paying for it for years to come.

Posted March 30th, 2019

The Iran Obsession Keeps Getting Worse

The administration’s plans would be guaranteed to increase tensions with Iran and sour relations with the Iraqi government.

Posted March 19th, 2019

The Myopia of Interventionists

American hawks couldn’t see further in the future. They weren’t even perceiving the present correctly.

Posted February 21st, 2019

Bullying Iraq in the Name of the Iran Obsession

The Trump administration is wrong to pressure Iraq’s government to take obviously self-destructive actions.

Posted February 11th, 2019

The Anti-Trump Backlash in Iraq Keeps Growing

Iraqis don’t intend for their country to be used for someone else’s agenda.

Posted February 6th, 2019

Iraqis Want No Part of Trump’s Iran Obsession

An indefinite military presence in Iraq makes no more sense for the U.S. than it does to have one in Syria.

Posted February 4th, 2019

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018