Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Walter Russell Mead”

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’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

The Relationship with Saudi Arabia No Longer Serves U.S. Interests

This so-called “alliance” is bringing the U.S. nothing but problems, grief, and liabilities, and it yields hardly any discernible benefits.

Posted October 15th, 2018

Trump’s Destructive Iran Obsession

Everything he has done in the region has demonstrated his unremitting hostility to Iran

Posted June 9th, 2018

Trump and Pompeo Are Spitting in the Faces of Our Allies

Trump and Pompeo have been spitting in the faces of our allies, and it is no wonder that they object to it in the strongest terms.

Posted May 21st, 2018

The ‘Neo-American Era’ Is Over Before It Began

Mead describes U.S. clients in the region as “useful allies,” but none of them has proven to be useful at doing very much except causing more headaches for the U.S. and implicating us in their crimes.

Posted May 15th, 2018

No, Trump Is Not a ‘Realist’

Realist is probably the most overused and misused label in foreign policy discourse today.

Posted April 16th, 2018

Treating a Massacre as ‘Business as Usual’

The indifferent reaction to the illegal shooting of unarmed protesters is truly obnoxious.

Posted April 3rd, 2018

The Nuclear Deal and the Maximalists

One of Bolton’s big flaws is that he is a maximalist and can’t accept the need for compromise.

Posted March 26th, 2018

Why Does the U.S. Cling to an Impossible Goal on North Korea?

For many policymakers and pundits, it is politically safer and easier to endorse a policy goal that can’t be achieved because it is considered “tough.”

Posted February 13th, 2018

Trump’s Unrealistic Foreign Policy

The rhetoric and rationalizations may be different under Trump, but the overconfidence in American power hasn’t changed.

Posted November 28th, 2017

Trump’s First Big Foreign Policy Failure

Trump ordered an illegal attack on a government that posed no threat to the U.S.

Posted April 7th, 2017

Mead’s Ludicrous Revisionism on the Green Movement and Obama

The idea that there was anything the U.S. could have done to change the outcome of Iran’s internal political dispute for the better is ludicrously false.

Posted August 25th, 2016

The U.N. Vote and the So-Called “End Run” Around Congress

This does not have the makings of a “constitutional crisis.”

Posted July 20th, 2015

The Politics of the Libyan War

If politicians were judged on the quality of their record, Libya would be a major problem for Clinton.

Posted April 24th, 2015

Bush and the “Jacksonians”

Beinart once again shows how unhelpful and frequently misleading Mead’s categories can be.

Posted February 19th, 2015

Israel and the “Jacksonians”

In this case many so-called “Jacksonians” will make excuses for another government’s shoddy behavior, which is exactly what “Jacksonians” aren’t supposed to do.

Posted January 28th, 2015