Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Libya”

The Obstacles to Productive Diplomacy with North Korea

Another obstacle to successful diplomacy with North Korea is that the U.S. has proven to be pretty bad at negotiating with weaker states and then even worse when it comes to honoring the agreements made with them.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Pulling Libya Back from the Brink

The U.S. position regarding Libya’s conflict has been hopelessly muddled since Trump seemed to throw his support behind Haftar and the assault on Tripoli.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Trump’s Subservience to Despotic Clients

All that it takes to get Trump to rewrite U.S. policy according to their preferences is to ask him to do their bidding and he readily agrees.

Posted May 12th, 2019

Foreign Policy Myths and the 2020 Election

It is too bad that so many analysts and pundits are wasting time complaining about the candidates’ imaginary neglect of the issues when it seems that they are the ones neglecting what the candidates are saying and doing.

Posted May 11th, 2019

The Costs of the Cruel Travel Ban

The next president should make reversing this ban a priority.

Posted May 8th, 2019

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s demolition of arms control. Paul Pillar explains why the president’s supposed …

Posted May 3rd, 2019

Trump Does Whatever the Saudis and Emiratis Want

Whatever the reason for it, there is no question that the president’s abject subservience to the Saudis and Emiratis harms U.S. interests and regional stability from Libya to Yemen.

Posted April 25th, 2019

Trump Endorsed Haftar’s Attack on Tripoli

In addition to being a destabilizing and reckless move, Trump’s support for Haftar aligns the U.S. with a known war criminal responsible for many outrages in Libya.

Posted April 24th, 2019

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

Taking the Wrong Side in Libya

The Trump administration is taking sides in Libya’s civil war, and thanks to the president’s bad judgment our government is taking the wrong side.

Posted April 19th, 2019

The Saudis and Emiratis Are Destabilizing Another Country

The Saudis and the UAE have been destabilizing several countries in the region for many years, and this episode in Libya is just the latest in a string of their ill-conceived power plays.

Posted April 16th, 2019

The Saudis Encouraged the Attack on Tripoli

Like their previous destructive power plays in other parts of the region, the Saudi-backed attack has gone poorly and backfired on their client.

Posted April 12th, 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

The ‘Isolationist’ Slur and ‘International Order’

One of the biggest problems that we currently have is that our government doesn’t know how not to get itself involved in wars that have nothing to do with us.

Posted September 24th, 2018

McCain’s Foreign Policy Record

McCain specialized in matters of national security and foreign policy, and yet he had a remarkable knack for misjudging practically every major foreign policy issue of the last three decades.

Posted August 27th, 2018

Sanctions Strengthen Targeted Regimes and Hurt Their Critics

The reality is that people everywhere obviously resent being made poorer and their futures less secure by the arbitrary decisions of foreign governments.

Posted June 5th, 2018

Stop Comparing North Korea to Libya

The administration has to stop thinking of North Korea as another Libya in any way.

Posted May 26th, 2018