Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

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

McMaster and ‘Nuclear Blackmail’

Unfortunately, talk of preventive war against certain states is not just tolerated in Washington, but it is actively encouraged and embraced by many other hard-liners.

Posted June 5th, 2019

McMaster’s Preventive War Lunacy

It speaks volumes about both him and FDD that he is still indulging the insane idea of an attack on North Korea more than a year since he left government service.

Posted June 3rd, 2019

The Obstacles to Productive Diplomacy with North Korea

Another obstacle to successful diplomacy with North Korea is that the U.S. has proven to be pretty bad at negotiating with weaker states and then even worse when it comes to honoring the agreements made with them.

Posted May 30th, 2019

Pence’s Dangerous West Point Sabre-Rattling

When political and military leaders in a country convince themselves that war with another state is inevitable, they tend to take actions that make it harder to avoid that war.

Posted May 28th, 2019