Elliott Abrams quotes

  • The intersection of religion and world politics has often been a bloody crossroads.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #World #Crossroads #Bloody

  • After 9/11, we did see Palestinian terrorism in the context of all terrorism.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Terrorism #Palestinian

  • I want to be the first guy to reverse a communist revolution.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Guy #Want #Firsts

  • Dubai must crack down on rampant smuggling, and the U.A.E. federal government has significantly stepped up pressure.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Government #Dubai #Cracks

  • Libya as a country is a relatively new concept. The period of Libya as a modern nation really starts after World War II.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Country #War #World

  • Elections matter, but how much they matter depends entirely on how free, open and fair they are.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Matter #Election

  • There are examples of fraternal dictatorships, or one, anyway: the passing of power from Fidel to Raul Castro.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Example #Passing #Dictatorship

  • Syria's population is 74% Sunni Muslim.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Population #Syria

  • There are no Muslim ghettos in the U.S.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Ghetto

  • Israel's flexibility is dependent on its sense of security.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Israel #Security #Flexibility

  • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Past #Middle East #Administration

  • The way for the Palestinians to get a state is to go ahead and build it.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Way #States #Palestinian

  • The anchors of the Arab consensus have long been Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and both are now weakened forces in Arab politics and diplomacy.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Egypt #Anchors #Long

  • Iran exports about 2.2 million barrels a day.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Iran #Barrels

  • Persecution of Christians is growing around the world, and Congress needs to pay more attention to it.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Christian #Needs #Attention

  • At the United Nations, a lynch mob for Israel is always just a moment away.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Israel #Moments #United Nations

  • On taking office in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama put Israeli settlements at the center of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Office #President #Middle East

  • I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I said I had no idea about.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Ideas #Said

  • There isn't any way for the people of Nicaragua to find out what's going on in Nicaragua.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #People #Nicaragua #Way

  • America was not founded to improve health care or housing; it was founded for freedom.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #America #Care #Health Care

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Mother #Teacher #Queens

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Rights #Goal #World

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Rights #Two #Support

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Talking #White #House

  • It’s unlikely to change – there’s nothing in King Salman’s past as governor of Riyadh for about forty years that suggests that he was particularly a reformer, not on the role of women, not on democratic development. There’s been a rumor in the last couple of days that he said to someone in an e-mail that he’s in favor of a constitutional monarchy, but I would be surprised if the level of repression started to go down … I think the kind of thing that we would view as significant reforms is unlikely.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Kings #Couple #Past

  • The Saudis and Emiratis blame all of this on Iran. I think they’d have to grant, that as has been said, that the Houthis are an internally generated movement in Yemen and the Saudis were supposed to be dealing with the Houthis, who started out in essence along their border. So one of the things that we’re seeing is a complete failure of Saudi policy toward Yemen over the past 10 years, but the Saudis totally believe that the reason the Houthis are able to succeed militarily is the amount of money, advice, and guns they are receiving from Iran.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Believe #Gun #Past

  • Oil policy, policy toward the United States, policy toward Iran, Bahrain, Yemen, very unlikely, I think, to see significant change. These policies were the policies that had a wide family consensus. The question I think would be if the king becomes sick, whether you have weak Saudi leadership in the Arab world and the Middle East rather than strong Saudi leadership, but I think the fundamental policies will continue, the ones we’re familiar with under King Abdullah.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Strong #Kings #Thinking

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Tyrants #United States #Needs

  • First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Two #People #First Impression

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Independent #Iran #Freedom Of Speech

  • 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.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Self #Allies #United States

  • Like all forms of collective security, multilateral sanctions require a unanimity rarely achieved in international politics.
    -- Elliott Abrams

    #Sanctions #Form #Collective Security

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