Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mike Pence”

Another Feeble Trump Administration Response to Saudi Crimes

The messages coming from the Trump administration are scarcely better than boilerplate statements, and it shows that the administration has no interest in criticizing the Saudi government or in holding them accountable for their crime.

Posted October 8th, 2018

Trump Cancels the North Korea Summit

Having thoroughly poisoned the atmosphere in the weeks leading up to the meeting, Bolton managed to sabotage diplomacy with North Korea with a minimum of effort.

Posted May 24th, 2018

The Consequences of Reckless Rhetoric

If the administration wanted to poison the atmosphere leading up to the summit, they could not have done a better job over the last week and a half.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Don’t Mention the (Libyan) War

Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Diplomatic Malpractice

The Trump administration seems to think that the only reason to meet with representatives of other governments is to dictate terms to them.

Posted February 21st, 2018

Maximalist Demands Won’t Change North Korean Behavior

If the U.S. and its allies hope to get anywhere with negotiating limits on either of these programs, they are going to have to accept that the programs themselves aren’t going to disappear.

Posted February 15th, 2018

Demanding Denuclearization Is a Dead End

If there is any chance for talks with North Korea to yield something of value, the U.S. and its allies have to lower their sights and modify their demands accordingly.

Posted February 12th, 2018

Pence’s Missed Opportunity in South Korea

Contradicting a high-profile allied initiative while Pence was on a visit to their country isn’t just bad form. It is diplomatic ineptitude.

Posted February 12th, 2018

The Chasm Between the U.S. and South Korea

There is not just a gap between Washington and Seoul on how to handle North Korea, but rather a yawning chasm.

Posted February 8th, 2018

Pence’s Hard-Line Posturing Weakens the Alliance with Seoul

Pushing for a harder line from Seoul is likely to give North Korea an opening to drive a wedge between the U.S. and our ally.

Posted February 8th, 2018

North Korea and the Futility of Sanctions

Sanctions rarely succeed in changing the target regime’s behavior, and in the case of North Korea we can say with some confidence that they are doomed to fail.

Posted February 7th, 2018

Pence’s Misguided Asia Trip

The gap between Washington and Seoul on how to handle the North has been steadily growing over the last year, and Pence’s expected denunciations of North Korea are going to widen that gap.

Posted February 6th, 2018

‘No Daylight’ with Clients Puts America Last

Losing the American interest is inevitable when our government makes maintaining “no daylight” with any other country a priority.

Posted January 24th, 2018

Pence’s Misguided Mideast Trip

The vice president is one of the most ardent “pro-Israel” hawks in his party, so sending him to this part of the world right now is akin to pouring salt on a fresh wound

Posted December 12th, 2017

Pence’s Weak Defense of Administration Foreign Policy

Far from restoring the “credibility of American power,” Trump has made a number of reckless threats that he can’t back up without causing a catastrophe.

Posted October 9th, 2017

Georgia Shouldn’t (and Won’t) Be a NATO Member

Reviving talk of Georgia’s future NATO membership today is irresponsible and dangerous.

Posted August 8th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Foolish Maximalism on North Korea

The Trump administration is demanding something from North Korea that it will never get.

Posted April 28th, 2017