Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

Bolton’s Relationship with the MEK Is a Scandal

No one foolish or fanatical enough to side with this cult should be entrusted with any government position.

Posted June 6th, 2019

The Pointless Jerusalem ‘Summit’

This meeting in Jerusalem will make for a curious photo op, but it isn’t going to produce anything significant.

Posted June 5th, 2019

McMaster and ‘Nuclear Blackmail’

Unfortunately, talk of preventive war against certain states is not just tolerated in Washington, but it is actively encouraged and embraced by many other hard-liners.

Posted June 5th, 2019

Of Course Regime Change Is the Goal

All of these officials say demonstrably untrue things about Iranian behavior and their own behavior, and we should assume the same is true when they deny that they seek regime change.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Trump’s Iran Obsession Wrecked His Foreign Policy

The Iran obsession has defined and wrecked Trump’s foreign policy, and it has led him to make most of the worst foreign policy decisions of his presidency.

Posted May 29th, 2019

Bolton Brazenly Lies About Iran Again

Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, and it is grossly irresponsible to treat unfounded administration claims about this as anything other than propaganda and lies.

Posted May 29th, 2019

The Weak President and the Fanatic

The president doesn’t seem to mind letting Bolton do whatever he wants as long as it doesn’t make Trump look like he’s not in control.

Posted May 16th, 2019

Trump Suddenly Discovers He Is Surrounded by Warmongers

Trump is the president, but he is an exceptionally weak one who lets his appointees run amok at great risk to U.S. security.

Posted May 15th, 2019

The Iran Obsession Has Made War Much More Likely

Even if Trump doesn’t want a war, he shows no awareness of how close to the brink his destructive Iran policy has brought our two countries.

Posted May 15th, 2019

Our Allies Are Right Not to Trust the U.S. on Iran

When you see the administration paving the way for a new war, don’t be fooled when they claim that they aren’t seeking the thing they have been pursuing for months.

Posted May 15th, 2019

Debunking the Administration’s Iran Hysteria

The current administration has lied so often and so brazenly about so many things, especially as it relates to Iran, that we have to assume that they are making things up again to create a crisis

Posted May 14th, 2019

Bolton’s War Drums and the Credulous Media

It is imperative that Congress and the media not permit Trump and his advisers to turn the Strait of Hormuz into the next Gulf of Tonkin.

Posted May 13th, 2019

Trump Suddenly Discovers Regime Change Is Hard

It is a measure of how gullible the president is that he could be so easily “misled” into thinking something as ambitious as ousting an entrenched regime would be easy.

Posted May 8th, 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

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Wishful Thinking

It is almost certain that they would approach the “planning” for a war with one or more of these countries in the same slapdash, incompetent way that they do everything else.

Posted May 7th, 2019

Bolton Keeps Trying to Provoke a War

Bolton’s desire for war and regime change in Iran has never been a secret, and since he joined the administration he has worked assiduously to pursue both goals.

Posted May 6th, 2019

The Regime Change Policy Keeps Failing in Venezuela

One of the main reasons is that both the opposition and the administration have assumed that everything would fall into place and that their opponents would put up no resistance.

Posted May 1st, 2019