Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “State Department”

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

Pompeo Lied to Congress About Yemen to Protect Arms Sales

Pompeo’s decision to flout the law and lie to Congress will just make opposition to future arms sales that much more intense.

Posted September 20th, 2018

State Department Report Whitewashes Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Our government has been aiding and abetting Saudi coalition war crimes for three years straight. The administration doesn’t want people knowing that, and that is why the State Department’s report says nothing about these crimes.

Posted April 22nd, 2018

Tillerson’s Pathetic Excuse for Gutting the State Department

The Secretary of State is offering a pathetic excuse for gutting his own department that doesn’t hold up under the slightest scrutiny.

Posted November 28th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Will the backlash against MBS’ purge begin in the military? Michael Horton …

Posted November 10th, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Contempt for Diplomacy

This administration simply doesn’t value diplomats or diplomacy.

Posted November 8th, 2017

Trump’s Self-Sabotage and the Wrecking of the State Department

The State Department will continue to suffer from the malign neglect that this administration is visiting upon it.

Posted November 3rd, 2017

The Trump Administration’s Disdain for Diplomats and Diplomacy

Trying to put an underqualified person in charge of the diplomatic corps underscores how little respect for diplomats and their work this administration has.

Posted November 1st, 2017

Tillerson Doesn’t Understand What He’s Doing to the State Department

Tillerson seems to be willfully oblivious to the consequences that his mismanagement is having.

Posted October 26th, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy of Drift and Neglect

The routine work of maintaining relationships with other governments is allowed to fall by the wayside.

Posted October 20th, 2017

The Wrecking of the State Department Hasn’t Stopped

Career department officials can be forgiven for assuming that the purpose of gutting the department has been to make it so useless that it can be ignored.

Posted October 17th, 2017

Why the Wrecking of the State Department Matters

Weakening State simply makes it easier for an already intervention-prone Washington to rely on “hard” power to respond to crises and conflicts.

Posted July 31st, 2017

Tillerson and the Wrecking of the State Department

Tillerson is there to hollow out the State Department and make it as dysfunctional as he can.

Posted July 20th, 2017

Tillerson’s Perception Problem

Tillerson is creating the impression that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing and isn’t seeking guidance from the career officials who would be able to help him learn.

Posted March 20th, 2017

Trump and the Dissent Channel

Telling diplomats that sign dissent channel letters to “get with the program” shows the White House’s desire to ignore professional advice.

Posted January 31st, 2017

The Diplomats for Unnecessary War

It is rarely a good sign when diplomats are the ones pushing for military action.

Posted June 17th, 2016