Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Qatar”

The Darkness of Having ‘No Daylight’ with Clients

Trump puts keeping “no daylight” with client states ahead of securing American interests.

Posted August 29th, 2018

Stop Comparing Iran to the USSR

The question that Kagan never asks or answers is why the U.S. needs a “victory strategy” against Iran in the first place.

Posted August 21st, 2018

The War on Qatar That Almost Happened

The story shows that the U.S. can successfully rein in its reckless clients when it wants to.

Posted August 2nd, 2018

‘Arab NATO’: A Terrible Idea That Won’t Die

Creating a new alliance would mean adding even more burdens when we need to reduce them, and it would further ensnare us in the rivalries of a region that matters very little to U.S. security.

Posted July 30th, 2018

The Destabilizing and Reckless Mohammed bin Salman

The crown prince has made many enemies with his hasty and reckless behavior, and those enemies can only be encouraged when they see that he doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing.

Posted June 19th, 2018

One Year On, the Saudi-Led Blockade of Qatar Has Failed

“Backfired” is more like it.

Posted June 4th, 2018

The Saudi Threat Against Qatar

The fact that the Saudis are willing to threaten another country with an illegal attack like this underscores just how reckless and destabilizing Saudi Arabia has become in the last few years.

Posted June 3rd, 2018

Trump’s Misguided Plan for ‘Stabilizing’ Syria

The U.S. should remove its forces from Syria as quickly as possible, but it is fanciful to think that regional clients are going to put up the soldiers and funding to replace them.

Posted April 16th, 2018

7 Questions for Mohammed bin Salman

Here are a few questions that future interviewers might consider using.

Posted April 4th, 2018

Trump’s Destructive Embrace of Mohammed bin Salman

Trump has been in favor of Mohammed bin Salman’s destabilizing recklessness precisely because it is destabilizing.

Posted April 2nd, 2018

Indulging Reckless Clients Get the U.S. Nothing But Grief

Indulging bad clients doesn’t make them more helpful to the U.S., and the U.S. has few clients as bad as the Saudis.

Posted February 22nd, 2018

Trump’s Failed and Costly Middle East Policies

Trump has managed to take the worst Obama administration policy he inherited and make it even worse than it was.

Posted December 18th, 2017

The Saudis Are a Regional Menace

It is long past time that the U.S. downgraded its noxious relationship with Riyadh.

Posted November 15th, 2017

Saudi Interference in Lebanon Is Backfiring

The danger in all this is that the Saudis are looking for a pretext to ignite a new conflict, and they are trying to destabilize Lebanon to that end.

Posted November 9th, 2017

There Should Always Be ‘Daylight’ Between the U.S. and Our Clients

A “no daylight” standard in relations with other states is never desirable.

Posted November 7th, 2017

Trump’s Shameless Embrace of the Saudis

Trump is only too happy to approve of anything the Saudi government does, no matter how dangerous or despicable it may be.

Posted November 6th, 2017

MBS’ Dangerous Power Grab

Like everything else he has done, the purges were excessive and appear to have been done without much thought for the possible pitfalls.

Posted November 6th, 2017