Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

Bolton Is Gone, But His Garbage Ideas Aren’t

Bolton may be gone, but the brain-dead unilateralism and hatred of arms control that he championed live on in the Trump White House.

Posted October 9th, 2019

The Sane Alternative for North Korea Policy

The right answer to North Korea’s continued possession of nuclear weapons is to treat it as an arms control problem.

Posted September 30th, 2019

The Weakness of Warmongers

Hawks never think through the consequences of the wars they want to start, but they always wring their hands about the supposed “costs of inaction” that don’t exist.

Posted September 19th, 2019

Trump Makes Another Bad Choice for National Security Advisor

“Bolton lite” isn’t much of an improvement over Bolton.

Posted September 18th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Inside the wide open race to succeed John Bolton. Curt Mills reports …

Posted September 13th, 2019

Fetishizing ‘Strength’ in Foreign Policy Is Weakness

Of course, the preoccupation with looking “strong” is itself evidence of weakness.

Posted September 12th, 2019

A Foreign Policy Pivot? I Wouldn’t Bet On It

The pivot metaphor has been used many times during Trump’s presidency to describe an impending change in direction, but the pivots never seem to take place.

Posted September 12th, 2019

Will Trump Make Pompeo National Security Advisor?

Pompeo can’t even do the one job he already has, and giving him added responsibility and power would be a terrible mistake.

Posted September 12th, 2019

Misunderstanding Trump’s Foreign Policy

Descriptions of Trump as having an “anti-militaristic approach” to foreign policy and “opting for dialogue over conflict” are simply wrong as a matter of fact.

Posted September 11th, 2019

Iran Won’t Talk Until ‘Maximum Pressure’ Is Gone

Trump needs to abandon “maximum pressure” if he wants to talk, and no one expects him to do that.

Posted September 11th, 2019

The President’s Vanity Kills Diplomacy

Results are irrelevant. All that matters to him are the ratings and the images.

Posted September 10th, 2019

Good Riddance, Bolton

The Trump administration’s foreign policy will still be a failed mess without him, but it will have one less fanatic involved in setting policy.

Posted September 10th, 2019

Trump’s Afghanistan Debacle

Once again, the president has shown that he much prefers a grandiose spectacle to the slow, unglamorous work of patient diplomacy.

Posted September 8th, 2019

Time Is Almost Up for Trump on North Korea

As long as the administration is committed to thinking of talks with North Korea as an all-or-nothing proposition, they will be left with nothing and North Korea will continue expanding its arsenal.

Posted August 14th, 2019

Fixing the Iran Crisis Requires New Leadership

The “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran is a bid to make the president look “tough” in the eyes of key constituencies, donors, and client states regardless of the negative consequences for U.S. interests and regional stability.

Posted August 12th, 2019

Sanctions Kill the Innocent

We need to remember that this policy is working to harm and kill innocent Iranians.

Posted July 31st, 2019

New START Is On the Chopping Block

Refusing to extend the treaty is an act of international vandalism, since there will be nothing in the foreseeable future to replace New START when it is gone.

Posted July 31st, 2019