Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mike Pompeo”

The Trump Administration’s Many Iran Lies

The president and administration officials have routinely made false and dishonest claims about Iran, the nuclear deal, Iran’s missile program, and its imagined interest in nuclear weapons, among many other things.

Posted January 22nd, 2019

The Failure of ‘Maximum Pressure’ in Iran

The administration’s policy would better be described as one of “pie in the sky.”

Posted January 17th, 2019

The Destructive Iran Obsession

Pompeo’s remarks are probably the clearest public indication yet that the Trump administration’s policy is one of regime change.

Posted January 15th, 2019

Pompeo’s Inept Diplomacy

The Secretary’s speech in Egypt is the latest example of what happens when the responsibilities of our chief diplomat are given to a man who has no interest in or experience with diplomacy.

Posted January 10th, 2019

The ‘Force for Good’ That Enables Mass Starvation in Yemen

The Secretary cannot square his self-righteous pronouncements about America as a “force for good” with the policy of backing the Saudi coalition as it massacres civilians and causes millions to starve.

Posted January 10th, 2019

Pompeo’s Exercise in Arrogant Self-Congratulation

The same people that have helped some of the world’s worst governments blow up civilians and starve millions of people in Yemen want to be applauded for their good work.

Posted January 10th, 2019

The Interminable Qatar Crisis

Zinni was given a hopeless assignment.

Posted January 8th, 2019

Pompeo’s Shameless Pro-Saudi Speech

Holding up the Saudis as an example to follow on human rights and the rule of law would be a bad joke at the best of times.

Posted January 7th, 2019

An Iran Policy of Regime Change in All But Name

The idea that the people responsible for the Iran sanctions actually desire “better lives” for the population that they are strangling is a sick joke.

Posted January 4th, 2019

Mattis and Our Bankrupt Iran Policy

Mattis’ departure removes one of the only counterweights inside the administration to the much more rabid Persophobes in Bolton and Pompeo.

Posted December 31st, 2018

The Fixation on Disarmament Is an Obstacle to Peace in Korea

Since North Korean disarmament isn’t happening, holding inter-Korean rapprochement hostage to that unrealistic goal isn’t doing anyone any favors.

Posted December 26th, 2018

How the Trump Administration Inflicts Misery on the Iranian People

Pompeo wishes Iranians prosperity while promoting a policy that ensures misery.

Posted December 21st, 2018

Mattis Resigns

The next Defense Secretary is less likely to resist Trump’s belligerent tendencies, and he is more likely to indulge the president’s worst impulses.

Posted December 20th, 2018

What Is the Point of Pompeo’s Cairo Speech?

Pompeo won’t admit it in his speech, but the current U.S. role in the region is a destabilizing one that involves aiding and abetting war crimes and helping to cause mass starvation.

Posted December 19th, 2018

Facing Reality on North Korea

It is little wonder that the administration’s policy has stalled, because they are completely unsuited to finding a mutually agreeable compromise.

Posted December 18th, 2018

Pompeo’s Terrible Diplomacy

This is what happens when someone with nothing but disdain for diplomacy is appointed as our government’s chief diplomat.

Posted December 9th, 2018

Nauert and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

The appointment of Nauert just underscores that Trump has no interest in diplomacy or expertise, and he just wants people willing to recite nonsensical talking points.

Posted December 6th, 2018