Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

What Is the Point of a Second North Korean Summit?

Talking about disarmament that won’t occur is a waste of time for all concerned.

Posted January 21st, 2019

‘Wolf Pack of Rogue States’: Another Stupid Hawkish Phrase

The one thing that the five states Pence lists really do have in common is that they are all much weaker states that pose little or no threat to the United States.

Posted January 16th, 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

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

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018

The Continued Cruelty of ‘Maximum Pressure’

This is simply a case of punishing the weakest and most vulnerable people in North Korea in a vain bid to revive a “maximum pressure” policy that has already failed.

Posted December 12th, 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

Trump’s Overuse of Sanctions, Venezuela Edition

Designating governments as state sponsors of terrorism has always been selective and inconsistent, and there is not much of an argument for adding Venezuela to the list.

Posted November 20th, 2018

Denuclearization Is a Dead End, But Engagement Isn’t

North Korea is now a nuclear-weapons state, and that isn’t going to be undone by anything that U.S. diplomats attempt in the coming months and years.

Posted November 19th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Fantasy World

The administration prefers policy fantasy to reality because the latter exposes the very real failures with North Korea and Iran.

Posted November 12th, 2018

North Korea and the ‘Great Deception’

If anyone has attempted a “great deception” over the last six months, it is the administration officials that have pretended that North Korea agreed to disarm at Singapore.

Posted November 12th, 2018

Trump’s Foreign Policy After the Midterms

The midterm results will have some practical effects on Trump’s foreign policy.

Posted November 8th, 2018

North Korea and the INF Treaty

It isn’t possible to advance the cause of arms control in one place while delivering fatal blows to it in another.

Posted October 27th, 2018

Trump’s Nuclear Arms Race

This wouldn’t cause other governments to “come to their senses,” but it would show the world that our government has completely lost its own.

Posted October 22nd, 2018

The Failing Trump Foreign Policy

On its own terms, the administration’s Iran policy has predictably failed.

Posted October 17th, 2018

Pompeo’s North Korea Fantasy

Pompeo is making it quite clear that the administration “will not compromise” on demands that North Korea will never accept, so he may as well be announcing that the administration’s North Korea policy has already failed on its own terms.

Posted October 16th, 2018