Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Jason Rezaian”

Why Hawks Rely on Trolls and Smears

Iran hawks can’t win the argument on the merits, and so they have to turn to underhanded tactics and smears.

Posted June 11th, 2019

Regime Changers and the ‘Pro-Regime’ Slur

Regime changers have a long and ugly history of falsely accusing their opponents of sympathizing with or working for the targeted regime.

Posted June 4th, 2019

Imagining a Better Iran Policy

Our government should be willing to support the aspirations of the Iranian people by ending the outrageous economic war waged against them, and it should choose to engage in normal trade and diplomacy with Iran instead.

Posted May 20th, 2019

What Will It Take to Get Bolton Fired?

For someone “not playing along,” Trump has obediently given Bolton and the Iran hawks practically everything they have wanted so far.

Posted May 7th, 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 Price of Relentless Hostility

The Saudis know they have nothing to fear from the Trump administration, and the Iranian government concludes that it has nothing to gain from talking to them.

Posted April 7th, 2019

Saudi Arabia, the Dispensable Client

The Saudis are an eminently dispensable client, and one that the U.S. should have dropped long ago.

Posted April 2nd, 2019

Why Iran Hawks Don’t Want to Understand Iran

In general, our own hard-liners aren’t interested in understanding what goes on inside Iran except insofar as they can exploit it to justify more aggressive policies.

Posted March 19th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The USS Fitzgerald disaster. ProPublica reports on the causes of the Navy …

Posted February 8th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Detainees describe an American presence in torture chambers. Spencer Ackerman reports on …

Posted February 1st, 2019

The Case for Normal Trade with Iran

Trading with Iran would be a far more defensible and moral policy than deliberately impoverishing an entire nation in the vain hope of triggering some sort of uprising.

Posted November 1st, 2018

Mohammed bin Salman’s Latest Outrage

This latest outrage has shown the Saudi regime to be an even more obnoxious and abusive authoritarian government than it has been in the past.

Posted October 2nd, 2018

The Cruel Collective Punishment of Sanctions

Strangling a country’s economy in a bid to pressure its government to do what Washington wants is cruel, aggressive, and excessive.

Posted August 3rd, 2018

Iran Hawks and Trump’s Contempt for the Iranian People

It isn’t credible to spit in the faces of an entire nation and then claim that you are their friend and ally, but that is what Secretary Pompeo will try to do next week.

Posted July 18th, 2018

Trump Echoes Iranian Hard-liners

Trump never bothered to verify the claim because he automatically believes anything that seems to support his rejection of the JCPOA.

Posted July 5th, 2018

The Travel Ban and the Administration’s Contempt for the Iranian People

The travel ban conveys the Trump administration’s undisguised contempt for the people of Iran.

Posted June 26th, 2018

As They Always Do, Sanctions Harm Iran’s People Instead of the Regime

Trump’s decision is a gift to Iran’s hard-liners twice over.

Posted May 10th, 2018