Biden nominated an EXTREME OPPONENT of human rights to a powerful position on diplomacy commission

Joe Biden has a long history of VIGOROUS SUPPORT FOR WAR.  He has carried that into his presidential administration.  He has appointed MANY EXTREME WAR-HAWKS to powerful positions in his administration.

One of the worst is Elliott Abrams, who has committed HORRIBLE WAR CRIMES for George W. Bush and other administrations.  Elliott Abrams is a NOTORIOUS ENEMY of human rights and democracy in other nations.

 

SEE THIS:  ‘Totally Indefensible’: Biden Nominates Death Squad Backer Elliott Abrams to Diplomacy Panel.  “Elliott Abrams, enemy of human rights, apologist for mass murder, should have no place within spitting distance of any Democratic administration in any capacity.”  https://www.commondreams.org/news/biden-elliott-abrams-diplomacy

 

SEE THE ARTICLE POSTED HERE:  Human Rights Defenders Slam Nomination of Elliott Abrams to Diplomacy Panel.  Biden nominated Abrams, who has defended death squads and interventions, to serve on a bipartisan diplomacy commission.  https://truthout.org/articles/human-rights-defenders-slam-nomination-of-elliot-abrams-to-diplomacy-panel/?utm_source=Truthout&utm_campaign=a5d9da171b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_3_20_2023_13_41_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbb541a1db-a5d9da171b-652572905&mc_cid=a5d9da171b

 

On October 31, 2023, World Beyond War (www.worldbeyondwar.org) posted this:

In the history of U.S. foreign policy, few names evoke visceral reactions of distrust and horror like Elliott Abrams.

We wish this were just some spooky story, but Abrams’ career as a war criminal spans decades. Here’s merely a snapshot:

  • Abrams was involved in Iran-Contra — and later pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress over the scandal;
  • In the 1980s he supported, defended, and championed repressive regimes, like the genocidal Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt;
  • He downplayed reports of a horrifying massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador;
  • As Trump’s special envoy to Iran and Venezuela, he called to pile on sanctions, recklessly disregarding humanitarian concerns on the ground; and
  • Just last month, Abrams called for another Muslim travel ban in The Wall Street Journal.

Despite this notorious track record, President Biden made the perplexing decision to nominate Elliott Abrams to join the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy earlier this year. 

The thought of Abrams occupying this post is disgraceful. U.S. diplomacy to prevent atrocities and de-escalate conflict has a pivotal role to play — particularly as violence escalates in the Middle East. Now more than ever, we need to hear from people committed to values like human rights, justice, and accountability. Glen, Elliott Abrams simply isn’t up to the task.

Earlier this summer, thousands of activists spoke out against this horrible choice, but President Biden hasn’t budged. That’s why, with the Senate on deck to vote on his nomination soon, we’ve got to take this demand to the U.S. Capitol.

Elliott Abrams isn’t just any public servant, and this isn’t just any nomination. Putting a war criminal like Abrams in a leadership role in diplomacy is a slap in the face to ethical governance, human rights, and justice. Tell the Senate: Reject Elliott Abrams’ nomination immediately.

ACT NOW

Elliott Abrams hasn’t merely dabbled in U.S. politics and foreign relations — he’s left a trail of deception and scandal in his wake. Despite ample opportunity to learn from past failures and advocate for just and fair policies, time and time again, he’s made controversial, corrupt decisions that cast shadows over the integrity of U.S. foreign policy. 

His repeated willingness to manipulate, mislead, and misrepresent for personal and political gain reveals confrontational, not diplomatic, inclinations.

But this fight is about more than Abrams’ dark past — it’s about OUR future.

Abrams’ legacy tarnishes any professed U.S. commitment to human rights and global diplomacy. If we allow someone with such a tainted track record to represent us — in any capacity — we are betraying our values and setting a dangerous precedent for the future.

Staying silent sends a signal that someone who disregards ethics, undermines the rule of law, and compromises national security will be able to fail up into government — and that’s why it’s time to speak out now.

Surely, there is someone without Abrams’ track record of human rights abuses President Biden can nominate. The Senate should resoundingly refuse to confirm Elliott Abrams to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Let’s come together and ensure that a person with such a compromised past has no place dictating our shared future. Join us to make sure the Senate gets one message loud and clear: Reject President Biden’s nomination of Elliott Abrams!

Thank you for working for peace,

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org