Elliott Abrams short quotes

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

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

The intersection of religion and world politics has often been a bloody crossroads. ---->>>

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

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

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

I want to be the first guy to reverse a communist revolution. ---->>>

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

Obama isn't good off the cuff, especially when challenged; he is far better with a prepared speech. ---->>>

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

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

We need to understand that an open society and free speech and press... really are the best weapons against al Qaeda and extremism. ---->>>

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

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

A Palestinian state will never be created by terror. ---->>>

Does anyone believe that Kofi Annan scares Bashar Assad? ---->>>

During most of the Bush administration, human rights and democracy in Egypt were on the front burner. ---->>>

Honduras was the original 'banana republic,' and its poverty remains extreme. ---->>>

Pundits are used to analyzing the gap between what our ideals suggest and what our security interests require. ---->>>

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

America's relations with complex Middle Eastern states such as Egypt are often difficult. ---->>>

Every Israeli government since 1967, of left or right, has asserted that Jerusalem is Israel's capital and has allowed Israeli Jews to build there. ---->>>

Gadhafi's vicious regime has left Libya far worse than he found it on the day of his coup in 1969. ---->>>

Iran exports about 2.2 million barrels a day. ---->>>

Israel's flexibility is dependent on its sense of security. ---->>>

It is a natural goal of Iran to try and expel the Fifth Fleet from Bahrain. ---->>>

It's time to bury the unreal, failed 'realism' of those who have long thought that dictators brought stability. ---->>>

Never fight turf on turf. Fight it on the basis of ideas. ---->>>

Obama is like the kid brother whose only standard for judging his own achievements is the records his big brother set. ---->>>

One good way of measuring the mood in Israel is just how alert or relaxed the guards at every restaurant entrance appear to be. ---->>>

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

Pinochet took power in a 1973 military coup that the United States supported. ---->>>

Syria's population is 74% Sunni Muslim. ---->>>

The accession to power in Pyongyang of Kim Jong Un, son of Kim Jong Il and grandson of Kim Il Sung, is a unique achievement in world politics. ---->>>

The courage of the Syrian protesters is remarkable, for they face prison, torture, or death every time they lift a banner. ---->>>

The notion that public service requires men and women of good character now seems quaint. ---->>>

The Right is simply more pro-Israel than the Left. ---->>>

The Sandinistas are dedicated Communists, and if they are going to make a compromise with democracy, it's going to be under pressure. ---->>>

The U.A.E. is a firm ally of the United States and deserves better treatment than it received in the Dubai Ports World fiasco in 2006. ---->>>

There is no softer target in GOP primaries than the United Nations and foreign-aid spending. ---->>>

U.S.-Israel relations are often depicted as an extended honeymoon, but that's a false image. ---->>>

While all Alawites fear vengeance against their entire community should Assad fall, there are varying degrees of loyalty to the Assads. ---->>>

You are not practicing Judaism if you celebrate Christmas. ---->>>

Every Arab 'republic' has been a republic of fear, but only Saddam Hussein's Iraq surpassed the Assads' Syria in number of victims. ---->>>

For 22 years, Bandar bin Sultan was Saudi Arabia's influential, irrepressible ambassador in Washington. ---->>>

For many societies, the journey to modernity has been painful and costly. ---->>>

If Iran gets a nuclear weapon, its influence and that of Hamas and Hezbollah are strengthened. ---->>>

Immanuel Kant famously claimed that 'he who wills the ends wills the means,' but he never spent much time in Washington. ---->>>

Palestine, as Icelanders see it, includes the Western Wall of the Second Temple, Judaism's holiest site. ---->>>

Pessimism is rife in Israel. ---->>>

The Egyptian military and the government of Israel have long had a common interest in maintaining order and fighting terrorism in Sinai. ---->>>

The Iron Dome is great for the U.S. ---->>>

What Israel wants is peace with - and the acknowledgment of - all the Arab countries. ---->>>

The good Jew is ritually observant and resists assimilation, in some sense living apart, never fitting comfortably into American or any other society. ---->>>

History may someday record that the Arab awakening that began with the Arab revolt of 1916 against the Ottomans ended about a century later with a whimper. ---->>>

If a Jewish group sat down with a Christian conservative group, and there was a so-called Messianic Jew at the table, that would be the end of the meeting. ---->>>

I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I said I had no idea about. ---->>>

The debate over same sex 'marriage' has engaged the heartfelt feelings and convictions of millions of Americans. ---->>>

The real crime of Hosni Mubarak is that he ruled for 30 years and left behind an Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood is the single strongest player. ---->>>

The Sandinistas are a tough bunch of guys, with a fabulous amount of Soviet Bloc equipment and Soviet Bloc advisers. ---->>>

When the policy is controversial, you have to go out and defend it. ---->>>

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

As the Palestinian leadership never seems to pay any penalty for its words, America's seriousness about the peace process is in doubt. ---->>>

Enlightened despots are mythical creatures; real despots seem more interested in stealing money or installing their sons after them. ---->>>

In public, an admission of technological inadequacy would be too embarrassing. ---->>>

Is multilateralism nothing more than a dodge for simple inaction? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

There's always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. ---->>>

You can easily see why the experience of Jews would be helpful if you're looking to get action on religious persecution. ---->>>

American power remains today what it was in the Second World War and the Cold War: the greatest force for freedom in the world. ---->>>

Arab states continue to send the Palestinians gifts of extravagant rhetoric and countless Arab League resolutions - but not much cash. ---->>>

Barack Obama's military triumphs will come neither in long wars nor even short ones, but in a series of raids. ---->>>

Both Bibi and Obama realize that they are going to have to face the problem of Iran together. ---->>>

Cheney's memoir is not about 9/11, or solely about Bush's administration, but about his entire life and political career. ---->>>

China has concluded that trade trumps all. ---->>>

Evangelicals too often fall short in their actual teachings about Judaism. ---->>>

Fatah is a political party and movement, whose chairman is Mahmoud Abbas. ---->>>

Four years is a long time in politics. ---->>>

Huge numbers of embassy cables are labeled 'unclassified' or 'limited official use' and deal with mundane matters. ---->>>

I call on the Palestinian people to elect new leaders - leaders not compromised by terror. ---->>>

I just don't understand how Kerry or Obama or anybody else thought Assad was going to change. ---->>>

I personally would not talk to a Jew for Jesus. ---->>>

I think President Obama views Israel as a problem that needs to be solved. ---->>>

In the Bill Clinton years, the foreign leader who visited the White House most often was Yasser Arafat - 13 times. ---->>>

In the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo is the daughter of Diosdado Macapagal - but his term ended in 1965, and she was elected in 2001. Hardly a hand-off. ---->>>

It's not good for Israel to govern millions of Palestinians. ---->>>

Legislation for the Caribbean basin has led to more jobs in the Dominican Republic. ---->>>

Olmert made a proposal on the governing of Jerusalem that I do not believe his cabinet or the Knesset would have accepted. ---->>>

On June 19, 1981, a vigorously healthy Justice Potter Stewart resigned from the Supreme Court at the age of 66. ---->>>

People are entitled to believe the government is constantly lying to them, but it isn't. ---->>>

Reagan did not wait out the Soviets; he beat them. ---->>>

Sari Nusseibeh is a man without a country. ---->>>

Senator Kerry was fooled by Bashar al-Assad. ---->>>

Terrorism exploded after the Camp David talks broke down in 2000 because the Palestinians' leader at the time, Yasser Arafat, supported it. ---->>>

Terrorists that kill Americans don't get released. ---->>>

The Assad regime is quite reliant on oil exports. ---->>>

The best-armed and best-trained divisions of the Syrian army are Alawite. ---->>>

The devastation of the ancient Christian community in Iraq is well known. ---->>>

The failure to set standards for Palestinian conduct hurts the cause of peace. ---->>>

The Fayyad cabinet may well be the best the Palestinians ever get. But whatever its good qualities, there is no democracy. ---->>>

The Pope is not a political figure. ---->>>

The presence of jihadis in Syria should be no surprise. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The threat that Syria might transfer more advanced weapons to Hezbollah has existed for a long time. ---->>>

The truce brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas depends, above all, on the borders between Egypt, Gaza and Israel. ---->>>

The United States should encourage Israel to take further steps to improve the Palestinian economy. ---->>>

The United States should help strengthen nongovernmental humanitarian agencies working in Sudan so that they can handle an increased flow of aid. ---->>>

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

There are no Muslim ghettos in the U.S. ---->>>

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

Times change. Cable news and the Internet alone have transformed the way outreach to the American people can be accomplished. ---->>>

Tunisia is small - just ten million, no great natural resources. ---->>>

When freedom of the press is threatened, the United States should be leading efforts to protect it. ---->>>

Why are diplomatic cables secret at all? ---->>>

You can do a no-fly zone without ground forces. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The Assad regime has lost the consent of the governed, and it is difficult to see how a replacement Alawite regime would be able to regain this consent. ---->>>

Tunisian liberals say that the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is unengaged with their efforts to make sure the Tunisian model remains one of expanding freedom. ---->>>

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