Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mike Pence”

Guaido’s Desperate Gamble

For all intents and purposes, Guaido is trying to launch a coup without having already secured significant support from the military.

Posted April 30th, 2019

Trump’s Failing Venezuela Policy

Almost three months since the U.S. and other governments threw their support behind Guaido, their absurdly optimistic assumptions have been proven completely wrong.

Posted April 13th, 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

Today’s Rift with Europe Echoes the Iraq War Debate

The only reason to promote the lie that Iran seeks nuclear weapons is to create a pretext for war.

Posted February 17th, 2019

Pence’s Insulting Warsaw Speech

Pence’s speech confirms that the administration’s Iran obsession is an intense and destructive as ever.

Posted February 14th, 2019

‘Wolf Pack of Rogue States’: Another Stupid Hawkish Phrase

The one thing that the five states Pence lists really do have in common is that they are all much weaker states that pose little or no threat to the United States.

Posted January 16th, 2019

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