Omar Nails Elliot Abrams to the Wall

Omar Nails Elliot Abrams to the Wall February 14, 2019

Newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar put Elliot Abrams, Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela and one of the most repulsive human beings on the planet, on the hot seat by asking him about his history of funding and defending brutal governments and militias in Central America that committed terrible atrocities.

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In particular, Omar questioned Abrams about whether he was still proud of dismissing accurate reports about the infamous El Mozote massacre that was carried out by American-trained troops in El Salvador in the 1980s.

“More than 800 civilians, including children as young as two years old, were brutally murdered,” Omar told him. “During that massacre, some of those troops bragged about raping a 12-year-old girl before they killed her. You later said that the U.S. policy in El Salvador was a ‘fabulous achievement.’ Do you still think so?”…

A visibly upset Abrams told Omar that it was a “fabulous achievement” that democracy came to El Salvador, but Omar wouldn’t let him dodge the question and he eventually had to admit that he didn’t think a mass killing conducted by American-trained forces was something to be proud of.

“I’m not going to respond to that question, I’m sorry,” he said. “I don’t think this entire line of questioning is meant to be real questions.”

Those are among the best questions I’ve ever heard a member of Congress ask a witness, ever. Abrams was one of the architects of Reagan’s program of support for brutal dictators throughout Latin America. She also asked him about helping cover up the human rights crimes of Gen. Rios Montt of Guatemala. Abrams supported death squads throughout the region, trained by American troops, and then covered up their atrocities. Abrams should be in prison.

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