Abrams at State: The Marriage of Trump and the Neocons?

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by Michael Flynn The growing anticipation that President Donald Trump will name Elliott Abrams deputy secretary of state under Rex Tillerson has observers from across the political landscape scratching their heads—and in some cases fuming. An opponent of Trump during the presidential race,… Continue Reading  

The Contradictions of Elliott Abrams

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by Jim Lobe Elliott Abrams was an enthusiastic cheerleader for the “Arab Spring,” but he also loves the kingdom that has done (and spent) the most to suppress it. It’s the kind of contradiction that has often afflicted neoconservatives like… Continue Reading  

The Uses of Torture

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by Peter Costantini “Enhanced interrogation”: the George W. Bush administration bureaucrats who coined the term had perfect pitch. The apparatchiks of Kafka’s Castle would have admired the grayness of the euphemism. But although it sounds like some new kind of… Continue Reading  

Speaking of Abrams, What Did He Know About Genocide in Guatemala?

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by Jim Lobe A Guatemalan court this afternoon found former President Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the indigenous Mayan Ixil population as a result of the counter-insurgency campaign he directed as president from… Continue Reading