Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Rex Tillerson”

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

Mattis’ Influence Is Waning

The Secretary of Defense is just influential enough to stop Trump from withdrawing troops from a pointless war in Afghanistan, but not nearly influential enough to prevent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Posted June 25th, 2018

Pompeo Isn’t Qualified and Shouldn’t Be Confirmed

His critics have objected to his preference for resorting to force, his disdain for diplomacy, his hostility to the nuclear deal, his bias against Muslims, and his past record of supporting disastrous wars and torture.

Posted April 19th, 2018

Why Tillerson Failed

Tillerson took a job he wasn’t prepared for, didn’t understand, and couldn’t be bothered to do well.

Posted April 19th, 2018

Hard-liners Are Desperate to Save Pompeo’s Nomination

The bottom line is that Pompeo is not qualified to be Secretary of State.

Posted April 18th, 2018

The Senate Should Reject Pompeo

Pompeo is not actually any more qualified than Tillerson was, and his record makes him more objectionable, so why should the Senate be in any hurry to confirm him?

Posted April 11th, 2018

Trump Is Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo

As bad as Tillerson was at his job, Pompeo will not be an improvement.

Posted March 13th, 2018

Tillerson’s Blinkered Understanding of North Korea

There is something about dealing with “rogue” states that causes people in our government to shut off their ability to reason.

Posted February 19th, 2018

Tillerson and the Monroe Doctrine

Tillerson completely failed to anticipate how his remarks would be interpreted by people in the region he was about to visit.

Posted February 5th, 2018

Report: White House Wants More Military Options for North Korea

The truth is that there is no military option against North Korea that comes at an acceptable cost, and a responsible administration would not pretend otherwise.

Posted February 2nd, 2018

The Outrageous Plan to Keep U.S. Troops in Syria Indefinitely

A continued U.S. presence in Syria is both illegal and unwarranted.

Posted January 17th, 2018

Tillerson and the Trump Administration’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Tillerson’s “door to dialogue” doesn’t offer North Korea anything if the condition for dialogue requires North Korea to concede everything in advance.

Posted December 28th, 2017

The Mindless Hawkishness of Arming Ukraine

The U.S. will find itself caught in a fruitless and unnecessary competition with another major power that has far more at stake in the conflict.

Posted December 20th, 2017

Tillerson and Our Hopeless North Korea Policy

Refusing to talk to North Korea doesn’t punish Kim and his regime, but it does deprive us of the best means available to reduce tensions.

Posted December 18th, 2017

North Korea and Trump’s Dysfunctional Foreign Policy

Tillerson has been publicly undermined so many times by the Trump White House that it is safe to assume that the Secretary of State never speaks for the president when he says anything remotely reasonable.

Posted December 13th, 2017

Tillerson’s Reckless Rejection of Deterrence

As long as denuclearization remains the administration’s goal in North Korea, the policy remains as unrealistic as ever.

Posted December 13th, 2017

Tillerson’s Unrealism

Tillerson’s job at this point seems to be reciting administration talking points that have no relationship to the real world.

Posted December 12th, 2017