Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Mohammed bin Salman”

The ‘Springtime for Strongmen’ and the Myth of Retrenchment

Kagan is eager to tie the fortunes of liberal democracy around the world to the extent of U.S. involvement abroad, but the former doesn’t actually depend on the latter.

Posted January 23rd, 2019

Mohammed bin Salman, Regional Menace

It isn’t surprising that someone as ignorant and hapless as Jared Kushner has been taken in by Mohammed bin Salman, but what is everyone else’s excuse?

Posted December 9th, 2018

The Backlash Against Trump’s ‘No Daylight’ Saudi Policy

The funny thing about a slavish “no daylight” approach to any international relationship is that it harms the relationship in question while discrediting the administration that is bending over backwards to preserve it.

Posted December 5th, 2018

Stop Making Excuses for Saudi War Criminals

When we strip away the nonsense that defenders of the U.S.-Saudi relationship use to justify continued support for a bad, reckless client, we find that there is very little substance left.

Posted December 5th, 2018

Corker: ‘Zero Question’ Mohammed bin Salman Ordered Khashoggi Murder

Corker’s comments confirm what we have all assumed for the last two months.

Posted December 4th, 2018

Yemen and the Crime of Mass Starvation

Mohammed bin Salman and Mohamed bin Zayed are the architects of the worst famine in decades.

Posted December 4th, 2018

‘Standing with Saudi Arabia’: Trump Becomes Riyadh’s Mouthpiece

Trump’s Persophobia and Saudi First instincts have driven him to become little more than a mouthpiece for the kingdom.

Posted November 20th, 2018

‘A Truly Spectacular Ally’: Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy

He grossly exaggerates the importance of Saudi Arabia for our economy, and then considers them a “truly spectacular” ally because of the exaggerated role he has invented in his own mind.

Posted November 17th, 2018

‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording of Khashoggi Murder Implicates Mohammed bin Salman

This latest revelation makes it that much harder for Riyadh and the Trump administration to deny the crown prince’s involvement.

Posted November 12th, 2018

A Disgraceful Evangelical Meeting with Mohammed bin Salman

Whatever their reasons were, these evangelicals shouldn’t have met with the crown prince, and it is to their enduring discredit that they did.

Posted November 2nd, 2018

The U.S. Doesn’t Need a Reckless Saudi Client

As Saudi Arabia becomes more of a destabilizing regional menace, it makes sense for the U.S. to distance itself from them.

Posted October 24th, 2018

H.Con.Res. 138: Voting to End U.S. Involvement in the War on Yemen

Voting to end U.S. involvement is the right thing to do for the people of Yemen and for the United States.

Posted October 22nd, 2018

The Overdue Backlash Against Saudi Arabia Is Growing

The Saudi government has committed so many outrages in just the last few years that all of them have begun to have a cumulative effect on how policymakers and the media view the crown prince and his policies.

Posted October 18th, 2018

Credulous Pundits and Foreign ‘Reformers’

This will keep happening as long as the U.S. maintains close ties with clients that have little or nothing to do with U.S. interests and as long as our government takes sides in regional rivalries.

Posted October 18th, 2018

Mohammed bin Salman’s Gruesome Crime

It was a planned, state-sanctioned hit carried out on the orders of the kingdom’s de facto ruler, the Saudi government is still lying about what happened, and the Trump administration is shamelessly covering for them as much as possible.

Posted October 17th, 2018

The Saudi Sycophants in the Trump Administration

The Trump administration’s cynical indulgence of self-serving Saudi claims has been on full display this week.

Posted October 16th, 2018

The Relationship with Saudi Arabia No Longer Serves U.S. Interests

This so-called “alliance” is bringing the U.S. nothing but problems, grief, and liabilities, and it yields hardly any discernible benefits.

Posted October 15th, 2018