Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Rex Tillerson”

Trump’s Iran Obsession Wrecked His Foreign Policy

The Iran obsession has defined and wrecked Trump’s foreign policy, and it has led him to make most of the worst foreign policy decisions of his presidency.

Posted May 29th, 2019

Pompeo’s Foreseeable Failures

Pompeo’s record is proof of what happens when you appoint someone who despises diplomacy to run the State Department.

Posted March 27th, 2019

The Wrecking of the State Department Hasn’t Ended

The cumulative damage that is being done to U.S. diplomacy is considerable and will be with us after Trump and Pompeo are gone.

Posted March 12th, 2019

Mattis Resigns

The next Defense Secretary is less likely to resist Trump’s belligerent tendencies, and he is more likely to indulge the president’s worst impulses.

Posted December 20th, 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

Pompeo’s Bad Diplomacy

What stands out most in the few months that Pompeo has been at State is that he has told obvious whoppers to the public and Congress about important foreign policy issues.

Posted October 8th, 2018

Pompeo’s ‘Swagger’ and Disdain for Real Diplomacy

It is no accident that a Secretary of State with no diplomatic experience and little foreign policy experience to speak of would be interested in promoting an attitude most closely associated with arrogant blowhards.

Posted September 13th, 2018

Our Endless, Illegal War in Syria

An open-ended military mission to police part of Syria and oppose Iranian influence is dangerous, unnecessary, and not in the American interest.

Posted September 6th, 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

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