Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Qatar”

The Iran Obsession and Qatar

There is nothing “clear-eyed” about allowing the Iran obsession to poison every other relationship that the U.S. has.

Posted July 9th, 2019

Pompeo Shamefully Covers for the Saudis Again

Pompeo has just proven once again that there is nothing the Trump administration won’t do to cover for Saudi Arabia.

Posted June 18th, 2019

The Failed Qatar Blockade and the Reckless Saudis

The total failure to force Qatar to make any concessions provides more evidence that “maximum pressure” campaigns combined with maximalist, unreasonable demands cannot achieve any of their goals.

Posted June 6th, 2019

Trump’s Destructive Decision to Embrace Haftar

By encouraging Haftar’s offensive, Trump is giving jihadists a reprieve while he indulges reckless clients in their power play to the detriment of Libya’s people and regional stability.

Posted April 20th, 2019

The Interminable Qatar Crisis

Zinni was given a hopeless assignment.

Posted January 8th, 2019

Pompeo’s Mendacious Pro-Saudi Propaganda

Pompeo’s latest apologia on behalf of Saudi Arabia should be dismissed as the mendacious piece of propaganda that it clearly is.

Posted November 27th, 2018

The Relationship with Saudi Arabia No Longer Serves U.S. Interests

This so-called “alliance” is bringing the U.S. nothing but problems, grief, and liabilities, and it yields hardly any discernible benefits.

Posted October 15th, 2018

Trump’s Terrible ‘Arab NATO’ Idea Won’t Go Away

An anti-Iranian alliance would not stabilize the region, but would more likely become a vehicle for more destructive meddling in the affairs of other states.

Posted October 2nd, 2018

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