Elliott Abrams

Pressure Points

Abrams gives his take on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and democracy and human rights issues.

Reassuring, Not Challenging, Iran

by Elliott Abrams Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Since the signing of the nuclear deal with Islamic Republic of Iran, that government has treated the Obama administration with contempt. U.S. officials might have hoped Iran’s conduct would improve, but it has worsened. Iran sent more Revolutionary Guard troops to fight in Syria, for example; it conducted two ballistic missile tests in violation of a Security Council resolution; leaders continue to chant “Death to America;” and it has imprisoned more Americans. Read more »

Cuban Political Prisoners Measure the Impact of Obama’s Cuba Policy

by Elliott Abrams Saturday, December 19, 2015

This past week marked the anniversary of President Obama’s new Cuba policy.

That policy is failing to produce any human rights improvements in Cuba. So this week, 126 Cuban former political prisoners–who together have served 1,945 years in Castro’s prisons, wrote a letter to Mr. Obama about his policy. It was delivered to the White House by Ernesto Diaz Rodriguez, a former political prisoner and poet who spent more than 22 years in Cuba’s prisons. Read more »

Lebanon’s “Worthless” Government and the Fight Over the Presidency

by Elliott Abrams Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It is rare for the prime minister of any country to call its government “worthless,” but Prime Minister Tammam Salam of Lebanon just did. For 19 months Lebanon has been unable to elect a president, and its government is largely paralyzed. Even collecting the garbage has been a problem, leading to the creation of a protest group called “You Stink” whose name reflects what happens when refuse is left in the streets. Read more »

On Barring Muslims from Entering the United States

by Elliott Abrams Thursday, December 10, 2015

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” his campaign said.

I thought it would be useful to consider who would be barred from entry into the United States by this proposition. Here are some examples. Read more »

Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program Confirmed

by Elliott Abrams Friday, December 4, 2015

The nuclear deal with Iran requires that it tell the truth–the whole truth–about its previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon.

As Sen. Mark Kirk said this week,

senior Administration officials repeatedly told the American people that Iran should come clean on all nuclear weapons activities as part of any final deal: Read more »