Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

Trump’s Scramble for Africa

U.S. security interests aren’t threatened by Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, and framing U.S. policy for the entire continent as a zero-sum great power competition isn’t going to be very appealing to African governments.

Posted December 13th, 2018

Save the INF Treaty

Quitting the INF Treaty unfortunately fits the administration’s pattern of reneging on and abandoning agreements without giving any thought to the consequences of withdrawal.

Posted December 10th, 2018

Trump’s Overuse of Sanctions, Venezuela Edition

Designating governments as state sponsors of terrorism has always been selective and inconsistent, and there is not much of an argument for adding Venezuela to the list.

Posted November 20th, 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 Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are starving Yemenis to death. Radhya Almutawakel …

Posted November 9th, 2018

Bolton’s Favorite Deranged Cult

The Western politicians and officials that lend legitimacy to this group have discredited themselves on all matters relating to Iran.

Posted November 9th, 2018

Bolton’s Ridiculous ‘Troika of Tyranny’ Speech

Together with the knock-off “axis of evil” designation, Bolton’s embrace of Bolsonaro suggests the start of a return to the bad old days of the Cold War.

Posted November 3rd, 2018

The Fanaticism of the MEK’s Cheerleaders

Anyone who is cheerleading for the MEK is advertising both his ignorance of Iran and his hostility to the Iranian people.

Posted October 29th, 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

The Trump Administration’s INF Treaty Blunder

No Americans interests are served by tearing up this treaty, and by withdrawing from it the Trump administration will be throwing away one of the most advantageous treaties for the United States of the last half-century.

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Quitting the INF Treaty Is a Serious Mistake

Quitting the INF Treaty and allowing New START to expire would represent the willful destruction of the most important arms control agreements that the U.S. has.

Posted October 21st, 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

Trump’s Forever War in Syria

The administration’s position on Syria commits the U.S. to an unending war in a country where they are not authorized to be.

Posted September 24th, 2018

Renew New START

Letting the treaty expire would make both countries and the entire world less secure, and it would further damage relations with Russia.

Posted September 5th, 2018

The Lies Nuclear Deal Opponents Tell

No one seriously interested in preventing nuclear proliferation would want to scrap a major nonproliferation agreement, but that is what Trump did on Bolton’s advice and with Netanyahu’s enthusiastic support.

Posted August 20th, 2018

Bolton’s North Korea Lies

Bolton is setting absurd expectations based on his misrepresentations of what happened at previous meetings.

Posted August 19th, 2018

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018