Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Turkey”

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

Trump Pushes His Destructive Iran Policy at the U.N.

The reimposition of sanctions not only hurts the Iranian people, but imposes significant costs on the populations of neighboring countries as well.

Posted September 25th, 2018

The Destabilizing and Reckless Mohammed bin Salman

The crown prince has made many enemies with his hasty and reckless behavior, and those enemies can only be encouraged when they see that he doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing.

Posted June 19th, 2018

A ‘Stomach-Churning’ Recipe for Endless War

Cook would have the U.S. engage in multiple unnecessary wars for the sake of keeping bad clients happy and out of Moscow’s orbit, but the clients simply aren’t worth that much to the U.S.

Posted March 19th, 2018

Haass’ Dangerous Proposal for Kurdistan

Less than 24 hours after the eruption of fighting between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi government, we are already hearing proposals from high-profile people to throw weapons at the problem.

Posted October 16th, 2017

The Backlash Against the Kurdish Referendum Escalates

Unfortunately, one of the worse scenarios that we feared might happen is beginning to unfold.

Posted October 13th, 2017

Escalating Tensions Over Kurdish Referendum

A Kurdish declaration of independence would likely trigger immediate military responses from one or more of Kurdistan’s neighbors.

Posted September 29th, 2017