Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “James Mattis”

The Trump Administration Is Paving the Way for Disaster in Yemen

If you want a lesson in how to throw away all leverage and do the bidding of your clients, just copy what the Trump administration has done with the Saudis and Emiratis in Yemen.

Posted September 20th, 2018

Another Pointless Round of NATO Expansion Awaits

Macedonia has no reason to join NATO and the alliance has no need to add yet another dependent member.

Posted September 17th, 2018

Trump’s Unconditional Support for Saudi Coalition War Crimes

Trump and his officials have demonstrated beyond any doubt that their priority is in giving the Saudis and Emiratis virtually everything they want while asking for nothing in return.

Posted September 12th, 2018

The Saudi Coalition’s Callous Disregard for Yemeni Lives

The entire Saudi coalition war effort is defined by callous disregard for civilian lives.

Posted August 29th, 2018

Indulging Our War Criminal Clients

The Saudi coalition is a gang of war criminals, and the U.S. is their leading accomplice..

Posted August 28th, 2018

Mattis’ Infuriating Answers on Yemen

There is no evidence to support Mattis’ contention that the U.S. has helped prevent civilian deaths, and the evidence that our support has enabled numerous war crimes is substantial.

Posted August 28th, 2018

The U.S. Is Deeply Complicit in Saudi Coalition Crimes in Yemen

U.S. support for the Saudi coalition is essential to their war effort, and that makes our government deeply complicit in what the coalition does in Yemen.

Posted August 13th, 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 Keeps Trying to Sabotage North Korea Diplomacy

Bolton rejects lengthy talks because he has no interest in a diplomatic solution.

Posted June 20th, 2018

War with Iran Is Becoming More Likely

One of the great dangers to the U.S. and the world in the coming years is that Bolton will keep getting his way with Trump.

Posted May 15th, 2018

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument Returns

The danger is that the president listens to some version of these garbage arguments and concludes that he needs to “do more” by launching larger attacks.

Posted April 16th, 2018

The Legal ‘Arguments’ for Attacking Syria Are Preposterous

If you think that the president’s authority is limited by the Constitution, you have to oppose an attack on the Syrian government as the illegal overreach that it is.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Trump’s Dangerous ‘Do Somethingism’

Trump has no problem with ordering dangerous and unnecessary uses of force so long as he thinks they may him look “tough” in the eyes of the world.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Don’t Launch Another Illegal Attack on Syria

The prospect of yet another illegal U.S. attack on another government is disturbing for several reasons.

Posted April 9th, 2018

Another Saudi Coalition Bombing Slaughters a Dozen Yemeni Civilians

The U.S. should have no part in this war, and it is a stain on our country every day that our government’s support for it continues.

Posted April 2nd, 2018

U.S. Refueling of Saudi Coalition Planes Leads to More Civilian Casualties

By enabling that war effort and allowing their planes to remain in the air longer, the U.S. is helping the Saudis and their allies kill more innocent Yemenis than they possibly could on their own.

Posted March 29th, 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