Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

Trump’s Destructive Decision to Embrace Haftar

By encouraging Haftar’s offensive, Trump is giving jihadists a reprieve while he indulges reckless clients in their power play to the detriment of Libya’s people and regional stability.

Posted April 20th, 2019

Trump’s Mindless Cuba Policy

Trump is throwing another bone to the hard-liners that have been driving U.S. Cuba and Venezuela policy.

Posted April 16th, 2019

The Iran Hawks’ Creepy Embrace of the MEK

Every time that a prominent American shills for the MEK, it is an insult to the genuine Iranian opposition.

Posted April 12th, 2019

The Increasingly Dangerous Iran Obsession

Labeling part of another state’s military terrorists is what you do if you are looking to provoke an attack or launch an attack on that state.

Posted April 5th, 2019

Challenging the Administration’s Many Iran Lies

There is no honest assessment of the JCPOA that allows anyone to conclude that it “puts Iran on a path towards nuclear weapons.”

Posted April 5th, 2019

The Total Failure of Trump’s Iran Policy

In every respect, the administration’s Iran policy is a failure, and that means that Iranians are being made to suffer for nothing.

Posted April 2nd, 2019

The ‘Libya Model’ Killed the Hanoi Summit

The president torpedoed his own negotiations by heeding the advice of a man who hates arms control agreements and has always wanted engagement with North Korea to fail.

Posted March 30th, 2019

Trump’s Dysfunctional Foreign Policy

Each time this happens, it becomes increasingly difficult to know which statements reflect administration policy and which ones can be dismissed as hot air.

Posted March 26th, 2019

Trump Puts America Last

Once again, Trump has put narrow political ambitions and the interests of a foreign government ahead of the interests of the United States.

Posted March 21st, 2019

Pompeo’s Ominous Venezuela Message

Pompeo’s message naturally sets off warning bells that the U.S. is preparing to escalate its role in the crisis.

Posted March 12th, 2019

The Boundless Bad Faith of Trump’s Iran Policy

Trump’s Iran policy is a good example of what happens when bad faith arguments become the basis for U.S. policy decisions.

Posted March 11th, 2019

Maximalism Is the Death of Diplomacy

Unfortunately, the administration has boxed itself in with its all-or-nothing approach and its expansive list of conditions.

Posted March 11th, 2019

Bolton’s Impossible Demands for North Korea

Bolton has taken full advantage of the breakdown in talks to make sure that diplomacy with North Korea won’t produce anything at all.

Posted March 10th, 2019

Failure at Hanoi Has Taught the Administration Nothing

The hardening of the administration position tells us that they completely misunderstand why the Hanoi summit failed.

Posted March 7th, 2019

Why ‘Maximum Pressure’ Doesn’t and Can’t Work

Especially when they are used to try to force radical changes to a regime’s security policies.

Posted March 6th, 2019

Our Illegal Syrian War Drags On

Even when Trump might initially make a defensible foreign policy decision, he is so malleable, unprincipled, and easily swayed by his hawkish advisers that he always backtracks and gives in to much or all of what they want.

Posted March 5th, 2019

Bolton the Ideologue

The result is that an ideologue answerable to no one but the president has acquired unusually great influence over the substance of major foreign policy decisions.

Posted March 5th, 2019