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Elliott Abrams To Be Deputy Secretary Of State As Heads Explode Across The Left And Alt-Right
Red State ^ | 02/05/2017

Posted on 02/05/2017 10:12:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Wow. Talk about a blast from the past.

Tillerson expected to pick Elliot Abrams as Deputy at State. Former Reagan State Dept official experienced conservative knows the Dept

— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 4, 2017

And I can’t resist:

For the youngsters out there, Elliott Abrams began his diplomatic life as Ronald Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He achieved fame, however, for pleading guilty to some misdemeanor charges of lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra witch hunt. However he achieved immortality in the left’s Pantheon of boogeymen for his work killing commies in Central America.

He was on George W. Bush’s National Security Council because Bush knew there was no way in Hell his nomination was moving through a Senate controlled by Democrats.

Here is a sampling of more current commentary on him:

David Corn in Mother Jones:

One Abrams specialty was massacre denial. During a Nightline appearance in 1985, he was asked about reports that the US-funded Salvadoran military had slaughtered civilians at two sites the previous summer. Abrams maintained that no such events had occurred. And had the US Embassy and the State Department conducted an investigation? “My memory,” he said, “is that we did, but I don’t want to swear to it, because I’d have to go back and look at the cables.” But there had been no State Department inquiry; Abrams, in his lawyerly fashion, was being disingenuous. Three years earlier, when two American journalists reported that an elite, US-trained military unit had massacred hundreds of villagers in El Mozote, Abrams told Congress that the story was commie propaganda, as he fought for more US aid to El Salvador’s military. The massacre, as has since been confirmed, was real. And in 1993 after a UN truth commission, which examined 22,000 atrocities that occurred during the twelve-year civil war in El Salvador, attributed 85 percent of the abuses to the Reagan-assisted right-wing military and its death-squad allies, Abrams declared, “The Administration’s record on El Salvador is one of fabulous achievement.” Tell that to the survivors of El Mozote.

Eric Alterman in The Nation:

It may seem small in the saga of President Trump’s first two weeks, but according to The Washington Post, there’s a good chance he’ll appoint an actual war criminal to be the second-ranking US diplomat.

I don’t mean someone that we on the left like to call a “war criminal,” such as Henry Kissinger or Dick Cheney. These people might actually qualify, but the cases are at best arguable, and no one in authority has ever been asked to rule on them. Not so for Trump’s potential pick, the onetime neocon golden boy (and son-in-law to Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter) Elliott Abrams.

The course of Abrams’s failing-upward career reveals the moral rot at the heart of our political establishment.
Like Trump himself, Abrams has behaved so badly in so many different arenas, it actually works in his favor: No one can keep up. The Post piece—which notes that the Trump administration has decided not to appoint a deputy secretary of state for management, giving the sole remaining deputy an enormous amount of influence over both policy and management issues—observes that Abrams was forced to plead guilty to deliberately misleading Congress regarding his nefarious role in the Iran-contra scandal. (He was also disbarred in the District of Columbia.)

However, this is just the tip of a colossal iceberg. As a member of George W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, Abrams encouraged, according to credible reports, a (briefly successful) military coup against the democratically elected government of Venezuela in 2002, poisoning the US relationship with that government once it returned to power. He also worked to subvert the results of the 2006 elections in the Palestinian territories, a move that ended up strengthening the most radical elements of Hamas and undermining—perhaps forever—the possibility of a democratic peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

So, yes, Satan personified.

In a serious vein, I’ve always liked the guy. If you want a man in State who will be kicking ass and taking names every single day to move America’s foreign policy forward in meaningful ways, then you could do a helluva lot worse than Elliott Abrams. He is a foreign policy veteran, he doesn’t sit around and wait for things to die, he goes out and kills the sonsabitches. But he’s not going to get a great reception by some parts of the Trump coalition. He’s Jewish and…

Elliott Abrams?

ELLIOTT ABRAMS???

The original neocon nutcase?

Pepe just shot himself in a bathroom stall.https://t.co/tVks14b0nJ

— John Schindler (@20committee) February 4, 2017



TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: abrams; deputy; elliottabrams; first100days; sostillerson; statedepartment; tillerson; trump45; trumpstatedept
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1 posted on 02/05/2017 10:12:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Really bad choice. Tillerson better watch his back.
2 posted on 02/05/2017 10:15:38 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: SeekAndFind

Eh, I’m good with this.


3 posted on 02/05/2017 10:22:56 AM PST by Artemis Webb (Ted Kennedy burns in hell.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tillerson=>Texas oil=>Bush=>Neocon Bushbots


4 posted on 02/05/2017 10:23:18 AM PST by Regulator
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To: Just mythoughts

I agree. Abrams is a big time Globalist.


5 posted on 02/05/2017 10:24:56 AM PST by laplata ( Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: laplata

He lied about Newt, in 2012... I have absolutely no use for him.


6 posted on 02/05/2017 10:26:53 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 02/05/2017 10:38:31 AM PST by libh8er
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To: SeekAndFind
Abrams holds dual (US & Israeli) citizenship as do many neo-con Jews. These people have divided their allegiance. They have no business serving at any level of our government.

President Trump needs to keep all neo-con (dual citizenship) Jews out of his administration. Otherwise, they will have us fighting Israel's wars and executing Israel foreign policy.

We are not Israelis! Our allegiance is to the U.S. alone.

8 posted on 02/05/2017 10:46:32 AM PST by JesusIsLord
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To: Just mythoughts

I agree. This is probably the lack of judgment by Trump, letting neocon back to power from back door. I bet this guy was one of the never Trumpets.


9 posted on 02/05/2017 10:47:11 AM PST by Rebel2016
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To: SeekAndFind

So neither side likes him?

How did he get appointed?


10 posted on 02/05/2017 10:50:06 AM PST by joshua c (Cut the cord! Don't pay for the rope they hang you with.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d have John Bolton in there as much as Abrams.

That said, the original Red State article is quoting from the extreme left in Mojo and the Nation. Their points should be rebutted.

Is Ben Shapiro a dual-citizen of Israel too? He’s such a Neo-Con about the Iraq war to be on Trump’s case, honestly.


11 posted on 02/05/2017 10:52:50 AM PST by BeadCounter
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To: SeekAndFind

David Corn in Mother Jones

Eric Alterman in The Nation

When did these two leftist wackadoodles ever become good enough to quote about serious things?


12 posted on 02/05/2017 10:58:12 AM PST by donna ('God's standards, like it or not, are the basis for the laws that led to western civilization.)
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To: JesusIsLord

Agree 100%!


13 posted on 02/05/2017 11:00:48 AM PST by Godebert (CRUZ: Born in a foreign land to a foreign father.)
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To: Just mythoughts; Cap Huff

I’m good he will not put up with shit as Tillersons right hand man...watch the pearl clutching from the left and right....it will be EPIC.


14 posted on 02/05/2017 11:05:36 AM PST by Dog (..."I'm just a cook....")
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To: Cap Huff

Well we got pearl clutching here at FR...Trumps only been 2 weeks on the job and some weak kneed among us are abandoning ship. SHAME ON THEM.


15 posted on 02/05/2017 11:09:46 AM PST by Dog (..."I'm just a cook....")
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To: Regulator

That is the boiled-down truth.


16 posted on 02/05/2017 11:18:44 AM PST by bkopto
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To: joshua c

Trump’s son-in-law?


17 posted on 02/05/2017 11:21:17 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: SeekAndFind

If I were Tillerson, I would seek someone with Abrams experience at foggy bottom, instead of Abrams, and maybe even privately consulting Abrams on it. Then I’d “stay friends” with Abrams and talk to him face-to-face “off duty” as often as I wanted to.


18 posted on 02/05/2017 11:29:03 AM PST by Wuli
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To: SeekAndFind

Andrea Mitchell as a source?

I’ll wait until the President or SOS announces it.


19 posted on 02/05/2017 11:30:21 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: JesusIsLord
Abrams holds dual (US & Israeli) citizenship

Can you back that claim up without citing an anti-semitc web page?

20 posted on 02/05/2017 11:35:15 AM PST by Poison Pill
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