Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

A Foreign Policy Pivot? I Wouldn’t Bet On It

The pivot metaphor has been used many times during Trump’s presidency to describe an impending change in direction, but the pivots never seem to take place.

Posted September 12th, 2019

The President’s Vanity Kills Diplomacy

Results are irrelevant. All that matters to him are the ratings and the images.

Posted September 10th, 2019

Good Riddance, Bolton

The Trump administration’s foreign policy will still be a failed mess without him, but it will have one less fanatic involved in setting policy.

Posted September 10th, 2019

Biegun’s Unpersuasive Case for a Failed North Korea Policy

Biegun is conjuring up the specter of widespread nuclear proliferation to try to scare people into buying into a North Korea policy that can’t work.

Posted September 7th, 2019

What North Korea’s Anti-Pompeo Invective Means

They are running out of patience, and the Trump administration is running out of time. The problem is that only one side seems to be aware that time is running out.

Posted August 23rd, 2019

Time Is Almost Up for Trump on North Korea

As long as the administration is committed to thinking of talks with North Korea as an all-or-nothing proposition, they will be left with nothing and North Korea will continue expanding its arsenal.

Posted August 14th, 2019

Pompeo the Fabulist

Pompeo may be able to get away with his lies about North Korea here at home, but his little act doesn’t fool anyone overseas.

Posted August 7th, 2019

All-or-Nothing Diplomacy Always Yields Nothing

As usual, an all-or-nothing approach to diplomacy leaves us with nothing.

Posted July 29th, 2019

A Failed Attempt to Rehabilitate Bush’s Disastrous Foreign Policy

No amount of revisionism will get around the fact that Bush committed one of the greatest, most destructive blunders and crimes in the history of our foreign policy when he ordered the illegal invasion of Iraq.

Posted July 27th, 2019

Getting Diplomacy Wrong

Pompeo’s description of bad diplomacy fits his own tenure as Secretary of State and the Trump administration’s foreign policy record perfectly.

Posted July 22nd, 2019

Trump Is Wrong to Keep Bolton Around

While the president deludes himself about Bolton’s “value,” Bolton is busily pushing his own agenda.

Posted July 21st, 2019

How a Martian Would View the Iran Obsession

It would be confused as to why the most powerful state in the world cared so much about a medium-sized country that posed no threat.

Posted July 7th, 2019

Bolton Isn’t Quitting

The only thing that Bolton believes in quitting is a successful diplomatic agreement that advances U.S. interests.

Posted July 5th, 2019

End the Economic War on Iran

U.S. policy is simultaneously robbing ordinary Iranians of the means to live and work while strengthening the regime and undermining its internal critics.

Posted June 27th, 2019

Trump Keeps Taking Us to the Edge of the Abyss

As we try to figure out what happened in this latest incident, we need to step back and acknowledge how crazy and unnecessary the entire crisis is.

Posted June 20th, 2019

The Many Failures of ‘Maximum Pressure’

“Maximum pressure” didn’t bring North Korea to the table, so there is no reason to expect that it would force Iran to talk.

Posted June 17th, 2019

Pompeo’s Dangerous North Korea Fabrications

The Secretary of State’s fabrications are dangerous for a few reasons.

Posted June 5th, 2019