Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

Haley’s Nuclear Deal Delusions

If Iran someday becomes the “next North Korea,” it will be because the Trump administration undermined the nuclear deal and gave them every incentive to seek nuclear weapons.

Posted August 28th, 2018

Our Sanctions Addiction

Sanctions addicts are under the mistaken impression that they can force the targeted state to change its behavior.

Posted August 21st, 2018

Bolton’s North Korea Lies

Bolton is setting absurd expectations based on his misrepresentations of what happened at previous meetings.

Posted August 19th, 2018

The Fantasy of North Korean Disarmament

The Trump administration remains wedded to unrealistic goals in negotiations with Pyongyang.

Posted August 8th, 2018

The Lie at the Heart of the Trump Administration’s North Korea Policy

The Trump administration wants to shift the blame for their own inept negotiations by accusing the other side of breaching commitments that don’t exist.

Posted August 3rd, 2018

Why Trump’s Bellicose Rhetoric Matters

We know that Trump is impulsive, has terrible judgment, and doesn’t think through the consequences of his decisions, so we can’t assume that his threats are just so much hot air.

Posted August 1st, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Dishonest North Korea Spin

Clinging to the lie that Kim made a commitment to disarm is absurd, and it makes it impossible to trust anything that the administration says about this issue.

Posted July 31st, 2018

Reneging on the Nuclear Deal Has Consequences

Trump doesn’t believe in mutually beneficial agreements, and so he insists on an all-or-nothing approach that always yields nothing.

Posted July 31st, 2018

The Administration Has to Accept That North Korea Isn’t Disarming

Negotiations with North Korea must have a realistic goal if the U.S. and its allies are to gain anything from them.

Posted July 26th, 2018

Iran Has No Reason to Deal with Trump

The goal of the administration’s Iran policy is now unmistakable: the destabilization and overthrow of the regime.

Posted July 24th, 2018

North Korea and the Trump Administration’s Lack of Credibility

If they are willing to mislead the public about what was agreed to at Singapore, they will keep misleading us at every stage to come.

Posted July 16th, 2018

Trump Touts a ‘Contract’ with North Korea That Doesn’t Exist

If Trump thinks that he has somehow been betrayed or cheated, he is much more likely to listen to the ravings of Graham and Bolton.

Posted July 9th, 2018

Pompeo’s Desperate North Korea Spin

The problem for Pompeo is that the public can’t trust what he or the president says about any of this because they have spent the last three weeks lying about what happened in Singapore.

Posted July 8th, 2018

Maximalist Demands and Diplomacy Don’t Mix

When the U.S. makes the maximalist demands that hard-liners want, it is a good sign that there is no desire for a diplomatic solution.

Posted July 8th, 2018

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American-made bombs are killing civilians, destroying infrastructure, and fueling anger against the …

Posted July 6th, 2018

The Administration’s All-or-Nothing Diplomacy Cannot Succeed

By repeatedly insisting that the U.S. won’t settle for anything less than their maximalist demands, the administration has ensured that the U.S. will come away from the process with nothing.

Posted July 6th, 2018

The President’s North Korea Delusions

Most of the administration’s critics have been urging them to acknowledge reality and recognize that deterrence remains the practical alternative to a disarmament that isn’t happening and a war that must not happen.

Posted July 3rd, 2018