Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “James Mattis”

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Is Getting More Dangerous

There is absolutely no legal justification for having our troops in Syria and there never has been.

Posted February 8th, 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

Mattis and the War on Yemen

The quickest and best way for our government to reduce the number of Yemeni civilians killed by the coalition is to withhold all U.S. military assistance from the coalition.

Posted January 2nd, 2018

The Mindless Hawkishness of Arming Ukraine

The U.S. will find itself caught in a fruitless and unnecessary competition with another major power that has far more at stake in the conflict.

Posted December 20th, 2017

Insisting on North Korea’s Denuclearization Is a Dead End

Denuclearization of North Korea is not a realistic or achievable goal.

Posted October 30th, 2017

Haass’ Dangerous Proposal for Kurdistan

Less than 24 hours after the eruption of fighting between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi government, we are already hearing proposals from high-profile people to throw weapons at the problem.

Posted October 16th, 2017

Why Doesn’t Tillerson Quit?

It is difficult to see what he hopes to accomplish by sticking around.

Posted October 4th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Iran Obsession

A plan that ties the U.S. more closely to our reckless client states is a deeply flawed and irresponsible one.

Posted September 12th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Dysfunction

The rift between Tillerson and Trump on this issue has been impossible to miss.

Posted June 27th, 2017

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Tehran Attacks

The U.S. should condemn these attacks just as it would condemn terrorist attacks elsewhere.

Posted June 7th, 2017

Trump’s Qatar Blunder

Trump is so eager to claim that his visit was a success that he is trying to take credit for an avoidable and potentially dangerous regional crisis.

Posted June 6th, 2017

Foreign Policy Dysfunction in the Trump White House

Trump cuts his top officials out of the loop, makes a decision without their knowledge, and then relies on them to provide him with political cover later on.

Posted June 5th, 2017

The U.S. Must Stop Enabling the Destruction and Starvation of Yemen

Attacking Hodeidah would make an already horrific situation far worse.

Posted May 2nd, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Yemen: the graveyard of U.S. policy myths. Kevin Schwartz explains how “the …

Posted April 21st, 2017

Wrecking and Starving Yemen with Washington’s Blessing

Both Trump and Obama have earned lasting scorn for their willingness to facilitate the wrecking and starvation of Yemen.

Posted April 20th, 2017

Mattis’ Dangerous Request to Increase Support for the War on Yemen

Increasing U.S. support would just deepen our complicity in wrecking and starving Yemen.

Posted March 27th, 2017

Trump Caves to GOP Hard-liners Yet Again

It is a worrying sign that the administration will simply cave to the most hawkish members in the party over anything.

Posted March 14th, 2017