Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “John Bolton”

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

Bolton Proposes and The President Disposes

The first thing we can conclude from this is that Trump buys whatever Bolton tells him about Iran, and he is so clueless that he has no way of knowing that he is being misled.

Posted July 30th, 2019

Pompeo Repeats the Big Lie About Iran

If not to gin up a phony case for war, why would the Trump administration consistently lie to the public by claiming that Iran has a nuclear weapons program when all of the evidence shows that there is no such thing?

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Trump Is Wrong to Keep Bolton Around

While the president deludes himself about Bolton’s “value,” Bolton is busily pushing his own agenda.

Posted July 21st, 2019

‘National Conservatism’ and Restraint

Looking over the schedule for the conference, I was struck by how many of the participants on the main foreign policy panel were extremely hawkish supporters of many of the administration’s worst policies overseas.

Posted July 17th, 2019

Feigning Interest in Arms Control to Kill New START

The administration’s supposed desire for a “better” arms control treaty is just as phony as its desire for a “better” nuclear deal with Iran.

Posted July 16th, 2019

What Appointing Fleitz as DNI Would Mean

Putting Fleitz in such a position would be a huge victory for Bolton, and it would mean that the National Security Advisor’s influence in the administration continues to grow.

Posted July 14th, 2019

Giuliani’s Cuckoo Praise for the MEK

When Giuliani affirms that the MEK’s agenda “looks just like our Bill of Rights,” you begin to wonder if he has undergone some of the group’s brainwashing techniques.

Posted July 14th, 2019

The Many Failures of Trump’s Iran Policy

Bringing our two countries to the brink of a completely unnecessary war because of a crisis created by our government is a breathtaking failure of leadership and policymaking.

Posted July 9th, 2019

Trump’s Hawkish and Bankrupt Iran Policy

Trump’s Iran policy is “the hawkish policy” in action, and if it is a disaster that is because the “hawkish policy” was guaranteed to be one.

Posted July 9th, 2019

The Many Lies That Iran Hawks Tell

They can’t admit there are other, less provocative interpretations of Iranian behavior because that would undermine their fear-mongering.

Posted July 8th, 2019

Trump’s Destructive Iran Policy Speaks Louder Than Words

Saying that Trump is “eager” to talk to Iran is a bit like saying that a strangler is interested in having a lively conversation with his victim.

Posted July 7th, 2019

Whitewashing the MEK Makes No Sense

This is the creepy and dangerous group that quite a few Iran hawks want to promote and possibly install as the next government of Iran.

Posted July 7th, 2019

Bolton Isn’t Quitting

The only thing that Bolton believes in quitting is a successful diplomatic agreement that advances U.S. interests.

Posted July 5th, 2019