Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

Yes, NATO Expansion Was a Mistake

NATO expansion has been a mistake for the U.S. because the U.S. didn’t need to add any more security commitments in Europe or anywhere else after the end of the Cold War.

Posted May 14th, 2019

The Regime Change Policy Keeps Failing in Venezuela

One of the main reasons is that both the opposition and the administration have assumed that everything would fall into place and that their opponents would put up no resistance.

Posted May 1st, 2019

An Awful ‘Strategy’ for China

This “strategy” reeks of trying to essentialize cultural and racial differences as the basis for stoking tensions with another major power.

Posted May 1st, 2019

The Stalemate in Venezuela

After three months of deadlock, Venezuela’s crisis appears to be no closer to resolution than it was in January.

Posted May 1st, 2019

Trump’s Misguided Venezuela and Cuba Policies

As usual, Mead fails to grasp that this is proof that Trump’s aggressive policies are reckless and harmful to U.S. interests.

Posted April 23rd, 2019

Taking the Wrong Side in Libya

The Trump administration is taking sides in Libya’s civil war, and thanks to the president’s bad judgment our government is taking the wrong side.

Posted April 19th, 2019

Don’t Goad Trump Into Starting a War

When he claims that Russia is “taunting” the U.S., Zakaria is clearly taunting Trump to do something foolish in order to uphold another stupid “red line.”

Posted April 3rd, 2019

Don’t Mention the ‘Red Line’

U.S. “credibility” is not in danger if Trump doesn’t back up his reckless Venezuela rhetoric. U.S. interests will definitely be harmed if he chooses to back up that rhetoric with aggressive action.

Posted April 1st, 2019

Don’t Escalate in Venezuela for the Sake of Bogus ‘Credibility’

It is always preferable for presidents to avoid making reckless threats against other governments, but it is insane to follow through on such threats simply to preserve one’s “credibility.”

Posted March 30th, 2019

Trump’s Silly and Dangerous Venezuela Ultimatum

Russia doesn’t “have to” withdraw its forces from Venezuela, and it makes no sense for the U.S. to be risking conflict with the Venezuelan and Russian governments over their presence.

Posted March 27th, 2019

20 Years of Illegal Warfare

Many of the worst features of early 21st-century U.S. foreign policy were already on display in the Kosovo war.

Posted March 24th, 2019

There Is No Need for ‘Triple Containment’

The U.S. doesn’t need a policy of “triple containment,” and if it made the mistake of attempting one it would drive these states together into a formidable coalition against the U.S.

Posted March 24th, 2019

Trump’s Golan Heights Decision Is the Denial of Reality

The excuse that the president merely “recognized reality” is as insulting as it is false.

Posted March 24th, 2019

Endorsing Illegal Annexation and the ‘Rules-Based Order’

Trump’s decision confirms in the eyes of every other state that our government only claims to care about a “rules-based order” when it can be used to target certain regimes for punishment.

Posted March 21st, 2019

The U.S. Shouldn’t Seek New ‘Ideological Confrontations’ Abroad

Kagan wants the U.S. to take a more confrontational approach to dealing with Russia and China, and in order to sell that today he has to dress it up as something more than the destructive and costly pursuit of hegemony that he has been pushing for decades.

Posted March 17th, 2019

Foreign Policy Restraint or a New Cold War?

Wertheim’s essay provides a valuable overview of the current debates over the proper U.S. role in the world.

Posted February 27th, 2019

Don’t Let New START Die

Allowing New START to expire would be very dangerous and foolish, but all signs suggest that this is exactly what the administration is going to do.

Posted February 7th, 2019