Trump Puts Iran-Contra VILLAIN In Charge Of Iran Policy Reply

It’s interesting that the neocons are now waging a multi-front battle to regain the control they had during the Bush years: colonizing the Democrats and Never Trumpers, while embedding themselves in Trumpism at the same time, and simultaneously creating a Rainbow Right while continuing to pander to the evangelical and nativist right. Irving Kristol’s son William and long time Kristol family associate George Will are the de facto intellectual leaders of the neocon Never Trumpers who are colonizing the Democrats, with Norman Podhoretz and Midge Dector’s son-in-law Elliot Abrams running Trump’s Iran and Venezuela policies. The neocon-backed #WalkAway movement is being pushed by neocons like Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz, and neocon toadies like Dave Rubin and Charlie Kirk, while Dinesh S’zouza and the FAUX New types continue to work the evangelical and/or nativist angle.

Krystal Ball and Emily Jashinsky react to President Trump’s decision to name Elliott Abrams as the administration’s special representative to Iran. Abrams, who serves as the special representative to Venezuela, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 1991 as part of the Iran-Contra affair.

Trump Names Neocon Regime Changer as Iran Envoy Reply

The worst decision that Trump has made in his entire term so far. Elliot Abrams is the son-in-law of neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz.

By Daniel Larison

The American Conservative

The New York Timesreports on the resignation of Brian Hook, who will be replaced by none other than Elliott Abrams:

Mr. Hook will be succeeded by Elliott Abrams, a conservative foreign policy veteran and Iran hard-liner who is currently the State Department’s special representative for Venezuela.

As the administration’s special envoy, Hook had no success in gaining support from other governments for the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. His brief stint as a negotiator with our European allies yielded nothing, and when he was trying to negotiate with them Trump famously had no idea who he was. He mostly served as one of the administration’s leading propagandists.

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Elliott Abrams, prominent D.C. neocon, named special envoy for Venezuela Reply

Well, if we didn’t know what was up in Venezuela before. Podhoretz son-in-law back in the game. As a general rule, I think Trump has been better on Russia, China, the DPRK, Afghanistan and Syria than a conventional Republican or neoconservative would have been (all things considered). But he’s been just as bad on Israel/Palestine, Saudia Arabia/Yemen, and arguably just as bad on Iran (though it’s possible a neocon/George W. Bush-like president would have initiated a war with Iran by now). Trump has also been just as bad on Africa and Latin America. Trump is, once again, very similar to Nixon in his approach to foreign policy, i.e. willing to pursue detente with other nuclear powers and knowing a failed war when he sees one, but still an arch-imperialist/neo-colonialist bankster tool committed to upholding the hegemony of the Empire.

I wonder if Alexander Reid-Ross-Podhoretz-Kristol will come to the defense of Abrams as a bulwark against Russo-fascist influence in the Western hemisphere, and dismiss criticisms of Abrams as anti-Semitism. 🙂

Elliott Abrams

By Nahal Toosi

Politico.Com

Elliott Abrams, a controversial neoconservative figure who was entangled in the Iran-Contra affair, has been named as a Trump administration special envoy overseeing policy toward Venezuela, which has been rocked by a leadership crisis.

Abrams’ appointment, announced Friday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is something of a surprise — President Donald Trump nixed his 2017 bid to be deputy secretary of State after learning that Abrams had criticized him.

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