Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “JCPOA”

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 Foreign Policy After the Midterms

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

Posted November 8th, 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

Arms Control Treaties and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Quitting the INF Treaty isn’t a rational response to a manageable problem. It is the knee-jerk response of an ideologue who has been looking for an opportunity to get rid of the treaty all along.

Posted October 27th, 2018

Trump’s Nuclear Arms Race

This wouldn’t cause other governments to “come to their senses,” but it would show the world that our government has completely lost its own.

Posted October 22nd, 2018

Trump’s Record of Failure in the Middle East

It has needlessly escalated conflicts, inflicted collective punishment on tens of millions of people and damaged U.S. interests and our national reputation.

Posted October 18th, 2018

Pompeo’s North Korea Fantasy

Pompeo is making it quite clear that the administration “will not compromise” on demands that North Korea will never accept, so he may as well be announcing that the administration’s North Korea policy has already failed on its own terms.

Posted October 16th, 2018

Trump’s Unrealistic Iran Policy

Pursuing unrealistic, maximalist goals is one of the recurring themes in this administration’s foreign policy.

Posted October 8th, 2018

‘Maximum Pressure’ Is a Dead End

Our government demands things that are politically impossible for any self-respecting government to agree to, and then sets out to punish the other side when it refuses to meet Washington’s absurd expectations.

Posted October 4th, 2018

Netanyahu’s ‘Nowhere Land’ Blunder

Netanyahu has made a habit of making false and overblown claims about Iran’s nuclear program for decades.

Posted October 1st, 2018

Trump Has Nothing But Contempt for the Iranian People

Trump is carrying out a policy of collective punishment, he boasts about the terrible effects it is having on the economy, and yet he has the gall to say that he is “sticking up for the people.”

Posted September 26th, 2018

Yemen Isn’t ‘Getting Better’, It’s on the Edge of Famine

Trump is so hopelessly clueless about the relevant issues that he thinks that Yemen is “getting better” at a time when all aid agencies are declaring to anyone who will listen that the country is on the precipice of famine.

Posted September 26th, 2018

Trump’s U.N. Stunt Backfires

Reneging on our commitments does not inspire respect.

Posted September 26th, 2018

Bolton Hates the Nuclear Deal Because It Proves Diplomacy Works

Bolton is simply expressing the intensity of his hatred for the government with which the agreement was made.

Posted September 25th, 2018

Haley’s Big Iran Lie

Lying about Iran and its nuclear program is second nature to members of this administration, but it is still important to call out such blatant disinformation when U.S. officials say these things.

Posted September 23rd, 2018