Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “JCPOA”

The Trump Administration’s Many Iran Lies

The president and administration officials have routinely made false and dishonest claims about Iran, the nuclear deal, Iran’s missile program, and its imagined interest in nuclear weapons, among many other things.

Posted January 22nd, 2019

The Importance of Engagement with Iran

Diplomatic engagement isn’t going to eliminate all conflicts, but it allows the U.S. to manage those conflicts and defuse tensions before they reach dangerous levels.

Posted January 21st, 2019

The Failure of ‘Maximum Pressure’ in Iran

The administration’s policy would better be described as one of “pie in the sky.”

Posted January 17th, 2019

The Growing Rift with Europe Over Iran

The administration’s attempt to cajole European allies into falling in line behind unjustified punitive measures against Iran isn’t likely to work.

Posted January 17th, 2019

The Boundless Bad Faith of Nuclear Deal Opponents

Complaining about sanctions relief when the targeted state makes the desired changes to its behavior is an obvious tell that you have no interest in a diplomatic solution.

Posted January 16th, 2019

Pompeo’s Inept Diplomacy

The Secretary’s speech in Egypt is the latest example of what happens when the responsibilities of our chief diplomat are given to a man who has no interest in or experience with diplomacy.

Posted January 10th, 2019

Bolton and the Deepening Iran Obsession

Bringing Goldberg into the administration is a sign that the Iran obsession is getting worse.

Posted January 8th, 2019

An Iran Policy of Regime Change in All But Name

The idea that the people responsible for the Iran sanctions actually desire “better lives” for the population that they are strangling is a sick joke.

Posted January 4th, 2019

Trump’s Incorrigible Iran Delusions

To the extent that Iran has changed at all because of administration policy, it has changed for the worse.

Posted January 3rd, 2019

Stop Making Excuses for Saudi War Criminals

When we strip away the nonsense that defenders of the U.S.-Saudi relationship use to justify continued support for a bad, reckless client, we find that there is very little substance left.

Posted December 5th, 2018

Pompeo’s Mendacious Pro-Saudi Propaganda

Pompeo’s latest apologia on behalf of Saudi Arabia should be dismissed as the mendacious piece of propaganda that it clearly is.

Posted November 27th, 2018

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