Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

Threat Inflation and The Jungle Grows Back

The problem for these ideologues is that “the jungle” isn’t relentlessly taking over in most parts of the world, and the role of machete-wielder they want the U.S. to fill isn’t really necessary for our security.

Posted January 15th, 2019

Syria and the ‘Jacksonians’

The people Mead insists on calling “Jacksonians” are generally hawkish, but it doesn’t follow that they subscribe to all of the assumptions of elite Iran and Russia hawks.

Posted December 26th, 2018

Trump and the Myth of ‘Disengagement’

Houellebecq makes a mistake common to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy: he invests great importance in the fleeting, superficial rhetoric that the president sometimes uses while ignoring the president’s actions.

Posted December 14th, 2018

Trump’s Scramble for Africa

U.S. security interests aren’t threatened by Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, and framing U.S. policy for the entire continent as a zero-sum great power competition isn’t going to be very appealing to African governments.

Posted December 13th, 2018

Save the INF Treaty

Quitting the INF Treaty unfortunately fits the administration’s pattern of reneging on and abandoning agreements without giving any thought to the consequences of withdrawal.

Posted December 10th, 2018

Steer Clear of the Latest Dispute Between Ukraine and Russia

The U.S. and our NATO allies should make it emphatically clear to the Ukrainian government that the alliance is not going to join their conflict with Russia.

Posted November 29th, 2018

Arms Control Treaties and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Quitting the INF Treaty isn’t a rational response to a manageable problem. It is the knee-jerk response of an ideologue who has been looking for an opportunity to get rid of the treaty all along.

Posted October 27th, 2018

The Trump Administration’s INF Treaty Blunder

No Americans interests are served by tearing up this treaty, and by withdrawing from it the Trump administration will be throwing away one of the most advantageous treaties for the United States of the last half-century.

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Trump’s ‘Omni-Directional Belligerence’

Trump’s foreign policy is one that only hawks and hard-liners could support, and it is leading the U.S. on a path to conflict with one or more other governments.

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Quitting the INF Treaty Is a Serious Mistake

Quitting the INF Treaty and allowing New START to expire would represent the willful destruction of the most important arms control agreements that the U.S. has.

Posted October 21st, 2018

‘Maximum Pressure’ Is a Dead End

Our government demands things that are politically impossible for any self-respecting government to agree to, and then sets out to punish the other side when it refuses to meet Washington’s absurd expectations.

Posted October 4th, 2018

There Is No Need for a U.S. Military Base in Poland

Putting a new base in Poland doesn’t make sense for the U.S., it adds nothing to NATO’s security, and it would be yet another irritant in an already troubled relationship with Moscow.

Posted September 18th, 2018

No U.S. Interests Are Served by Trump’s Endless, Illegal War in Syria

The Trump administration is risking war with as many as three foreign governments.

Posted September 11th, 2018

A Third Attack on Syria Would Be Just as Illegal as the Last Two

The Trump administration would be wrong to launch more airstrikes on the Syrian government, and it has absolutely no authority to do so under the Constitution.

Posted September 11th, 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

Renew New START

Letting the treaty expire would make both countries and the entire world less secure, and it would further damage relations with Russia.

Posted September 5th, 2018

The Iran Obsession Strikes Again

The entire exercise is likely to be embarrassing for the U.S. because it will underscore just how isolated our government is following the president’s destructive decision to renege on the JCPOA.

Posted September 4th, 2018