There isn't any way for the people of Nicaragua to find out what's going on in Nicaragua.— Elliott Abrams
The most profound Elliott Abrams quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Like all forms of collective security, multilateral sanctions require a unanimity rarely achieved in international politics.
Honduras was the original 'banana republic,' and its poverty remains extreme.
In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections. There is no freedom of religion - not even for Shiites, who are forced by Irans theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules.
When freedom of the press is threatened, the United States should be leading efforts to protect it.
While Argentina, Brazil, and Chile - what in textbooks used to be called the ABC countries - seem settled into democratic politics and free market economics, the Andean countries are in disarray.
Iran exports about 2.2 million barrels a day.
First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes.
At the United Nations, a lynch mob for Israel is always just a moment away.
Obamas foreign policy is strangely self-centered, focused on himself and the United States rather than on the conduct and needs of the nations the United States allies with, engages with, or must confront.
While all Alawites fear vengeance against their entire community should Assad fall, there are varying degrees of loyalty to the Assads.
Al Qaeda's message that violence, terrorism and extremism are the only answer for Arabs seeking dignity and hope is being rejected each day in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and throughout the Arab lands.
Today's status symbol is the Palm Pilot;
tomorrow's is not having one, because you have a whole staff keeping track of you. It's like a winter coat in Washington: The ultimate status symbol isn't cashmere, it's no coat at all on the snowiest day of the year - because that means you have a car and driver waiting for you, so why do you need a coat?
The ransoming of captives has been practiced by Jews for many centuries and has been regarded as a greater obligation than charity for the poor.
America was not founded to improve health care or housing; it was founded for freedom.
There are no Muslim ghettos in the U.S.
The way for the Palestinians to get a state is to go ahead and build it.
Libya as a country is a relatively new concept.
The period of Libya as a modern nation really starts after World War II.
What does 'politicizing intelligence' mean? Using intel, or more often, partial intel, to produce an effect in line with White House policies rather than giving a full picture of a particular situation.
During most of the Bush administration, human rights and democracy in Egypt were on the front burner.
The intersection of religion and world politics has often been a bloody crossroads.
When you work in the White House you talk to the White House staff all day, so you're talking to the guy who handles the congressional liaison and the guy who's handling domestic politics and the guy who's handling the American economy and so forth.
For the entire first term, Obama and his people blamed Bush for everything - which is another way of saying they felt Bush and the Bush years were the inescapable reference point for everything they were themselves doing.
There are examples of fraternal dictatorships, or one, anyway: the passing of power from Fidel to Raul Castro.
The anchors of the Arab consensus have long been Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and both are now weakened forces in Arab politics and diplomacy.
As the Palestinian leadership never seems to pay any penalty for its words, America's seriousness about the peace process is in doubt.
Two presidents pursued human rights policies that were serious and effective, Reagan and George W. Bush. They understood that American support for human rights activists is a moral imperative for us and also makes the world safer for us.
The Obama administration has vastly expanded the use of armed drones and concentrated a great deal of diplomatic effort on building and maintaining alliances that share information about terrorists, provide access to get near them, and then strike against them.
The ultimate goal is to change Syria's behaviour on a variety of issues - on its interference in Lebanese internal affairs, on its support for Palestinian terrorist groups that oppose the Palestinian Authority, on, most importantly, acting as a land bridge between Iran and Hezbollah, where Hezbollah gets all its arms.
Pessimism is rife in Israel.
The story of the Jews in the Bible is replete with incidents of their ingratitude to God for His gifts to them: incidents that just as repeatedly merit and receive punishment.
Pundits are used to analyzing the gap between what our ideals suggest and what our security interests require.
The United States should help strengthen nongovernmental humanitarian agencies working in Sudan so that they can handle an increased flow of aid.
The Obama administration rarely demonstrated the ability to shift gears and change policy in its first year. Even in the face of historic events such as the continuing demonstrations against Iran's regime, it stuck devotedly to prior plans.
The question was never whether the United States, E.
U., NATO, Arab League, U.N. Security Council, and African Union could together using economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and military attacks to bring Qaddafi down. The question was always how much time, how much blood, and what damage to NATO.
Israel's flexibility is dependent on its sense of security.
Reformist kings can save their dynasties now by helping their countries move smoothly into democracy, or they will end their years in exile like the Russian aristocrats of a century earlier.
I grew up in Queens, in New York City, in a middle class Jewish family.
My mother was a public school teacher, my father was a lawyer. They were Democrats - kind of middle-of-the-road democrats.
Dubai must crack down on rampant smuggling, and the U.
A.E. federal government has significantly stepped up pressure.
Elections matter, but how much they matter depends entirely on how free, open and fair they are.
Syria's population is 74% Sunni Muslim.
Mass killing has very clearly not been eliminated, nor has the 'international community' developed a response that will avert it or bring it to a quick end.
Moammar Gaddafi, who has called himself the 'Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,' should go down in history with the Emperor Bokassa and Idi Amin as a grotesque reminder of why people have the right to change their government.
On taking office in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama put Israeli settlements at the center of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
After 9/11, we did see Palestinian terrorism in the context of all terrorism.
There is no way around the contradictions and dangers inherent in Israel's decision to free over 1,000 prisoners in order to liberate Gilad Shalit.
It seems clear to me that the Obama Administration has no human rights policy.
That is, while in some inchoate sense they would like respect for human rights to grow around the world, as all Americans would, they have no actual policy to achieve that goal - and they subordinate it to all their other policy goals.
Persecution of Christians is growing around the world, and Congress needs to pay more attention to it.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration.
A great nation like the United States has many and varied interests, and we need both to do business with tyrants and to engage constantly in multilateral diplomacy.