Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Turkey”

Trump’s Failed Foreign Policy in Miniature

The Erdogan letter is Trump’s failed foreign policy in miniature: ignorant, blustering, threatening, and ineffectual.

Posted October 17th, 2019

Trump’s Embarrassing Letter to Erdogan

In what universe would a message like this produce a favorable response?

Posted October 16th, 2019

The Sanctions Addicts Look For Their Next Fix

There should be consequences for the Turkish invasion, but broad economic sanctions shouldn’t be among them.

Posted October 14th, 2019

The U.S. Has Too Many ‘Allies’

The more “allies” that the U.S. accumulates, the more likely it is that Washington will leave one or more in the lurch on a regular basis.

Posted October 10th, 2019

The ‘Credibility’ Worshiper’s Lament

Proxies and allies don’t side with the U.S. because of some magical credibility based on our past record, but because they see it as being in their immediate interests to do so.

Posted October 9th, 2019

The Ugly Results of an Absurd Syria Policy

These are all the ugly results of an absurd Syria policy and an illegal war that Trump escalated when he came into office.

Posted October 7th, 2019

The Failed Qatar Blockade and the Reckless Saudis

The total failure to force Qatar to make any concessions provides more evidence that “maximum pressure” campaigns combined with maximalist, unreasonable demands cannot achieve any of their goals.

Posted June 6th, 2019

Our Iran Policy Is Run By Fanatics

Refusing to offer new sanctions waivers is the latest sign that Trump is once again giving in to the most extreme Iran hawks.

Posted April 21st, 2019

The Push to Get Rid of Bolton

If Bolton is “under attack” from within the administration, it is because he has behaved with the same recklessness and incompetence that characterize his preferred policies overseas.

Posted January 14th, 2019

Erdogan’s Gift to Bolton

Erdogan’s snub is the perfect gift for Bolton and for the other Iran hawks that want an excuse to keep our illegal war in Syria going a while longer.

Posted January 8th, 2019

Bolton’s Syria Conditions Are Designed to Prevent U.S. Withdrawal

Bolton’s conditions are designed to make withdrawal practically impossible for the foreseeable future.

Posted January 6th, 2019

Bolton Won’t Give Up on Illegal War in Syria

If the U.S. can’t extricate its forces quickly from a country where the military has no authorization to use force and no mandate to be there, it is hard to see how the U.S. will ever be able to leave any of the places it has been at war in recent years.

Posted January 5th, 2019

‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording of Khashoggi Murder Implicates Mohammed bin Salman

This latest revelation makes it that much harder for Riyadh and the Trump administration to deny the crown prince’s involvement.

Posted November 12th, 2018

Report: Turkish Authorities Have Recordings of the Consulate Murder

Such recordings would provide definitive proof to support the charges made against the Saudi government.

Posted October 11th, 2018

The Saudis Have to Answer for Their Latest Heinous Crime

These reports tell us about a cold, calculated hit that was carried out against a relatively mild critic of the Saudi government’s policies.

Posted October 9th, 2018

The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

The Saudi government should pay a steep price for this latest outrage.

Posted October 6th, 2018

The Saudis Need to Release Jamal Khashoggi

They have not only unjustly detained a high-profile critic, they’ve done so in a way that guaranteed it would become a major story.

Posted October 3rd, 2018