Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mitt Romney”

The Inexhaustible Bad Faith of Iran Hawks

Much like Romney’s complaints about the “flaws” in New START, Cruz’s complaints about “sunset clauses” and the like are objections made in bad faith by someone who wants to demolish the entire structure.

Posted September 22nd, 2019

Trump Makes Another Bad Choice for National Security Advisor

“Bolton lite” isn’t much of an improvement over Bolton.

Posted September 18th, 2019

The Clash of Exceptionalisms

There is another, much older kind of American exceptionalism–the kind that John Quincy Adams might have recognized–that extols the U.S. as an example of liberty to the world.

Posted July 9th, 2019

Romney Has Learned Nothing

The junior senator from Utah has learned nothing after all these years, and there is no reason to expect that he ever will.

Posted June 6th, 2019

American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

When we move beyond generalities and slogans, it becomes clear who the real cynics are in our foreign policy debates.

Posted April 3rd, 2019

Romney’s Hawkish Boilerplate

The senator is returning to the inane foreign policy platform that he ran and lost on in 2012.

Posted January 3rd, 2019

The Cost of Enabling Reckless Clients

Enabling reckless clients implicates our government in their wrongdoing, and it puts the U.S. in the absurd position of covering for behavior that has already damaged America’s reputation and harmed our interests.

Posted October 14th, 2018

Romney’s Fantasy Version of American History

The more disturbing possibility is that Romney actually believes that his fantasy version of American history is true.

Posted March 30th, 2018

The Dreadful Return of Romney

Utah would be be better represented by a local politician, and it would also be better-served by someone who hasn’t made a political career out of being an opportunistic fraud.

Posted February 15th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Theresa May’s strategy explodes in her face. Michael Brendan Dougherty considers the …

Posted June 9th, 2017

Trump, New START, and U.S.-Russian Relations

If Trump is now echoing the shoddy arguments against New START, that’s bad news for improving relations with Russia.

Posted February 9th, 2017

The Return of ‘Omni-Directional Belligerence’

Trump has not only picked a fight with China on more than one issue and made a point of antagonizing Iran, but has also snubbed neighbors and allies.

Posted February 2nd, 2017

The Case Against Mitt Romney for State

The idea that Romney “showed some prescience” in 2011-12 about Russia (or anything else) is silly revisionism.

Posted November 30th, 2016

The Hunt for Trump’s Secretary of State Continues

Escalation in Syria is the last thing the U.S. needs to be doing, and it becomes more likely if Petraeus is part of the administration.

Posted November 29th, 2016

The Dreadful Choice: Romney or Giuliani for Secretary of State?

Whichever one wins this contest, our foreign policy and our interests will be the losers.

Posted November 25th, 2016

Romney at State Would Be Disastrous

Unless Romney completely reinvented himself once again, his foreign policy views would be just as bad as Bolton’s or Giuliani’s.

Posted November 21st, 2016

Trump’s Mexican Sojourn

Trump’s visit has gained him nothing, and it has probably done considerable harm to his host.

Posted August 31st, 2016