Pompeo’s remarks on the departure of Brian Hooks says that “he has achieved historic results countering the Iranian regime.” Historic results does not mean successful, does it? Why else would they need Elliot Abrams to be the new Special Representative for Iran? Or the former Iran Rep has done such a historic job his replacement only needs to do the job at half time, as Abrams spend the other half exerting maximum pressure on Venezuela?
What the bananas is even happening?
State Department bench these days must be really thin, why else would these senior diplomats be doing two-three jobs at any given time? But perhaps it’s not State that has a thin bench but Pompeo’s in group that has a thin bench. And with folks bailing out these days (Akard, Hook, who else?), how soon before Foggy Bottom’s upper echelon starts looking like a ghost town?
Pardon me? Not soon enough? Well, okay, let’s keep our ears to the ground.
It’s that time of year when burrowing feds come into fashion. In 2016, Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were excited to ferret out political appointees who slip into career positions in the federal government. They must be just as excited now.
- Venezuela Special Envoy Elliot Abrams Gets a Protest, and a Grilling in Congress Feb 2019
- @SecPompeo Appoints Elliott Abrams, Iran-Contra Figure to “Help” Restore Democracy in Venezuela Jan 2019
Now Elliott Abrams will be special envoy on both Venezuela and Iran. The US has openly advocated regime change in the former, and pushes policies against the latter that critics argue amount to a regime change effort by another name.
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) August 6, 2020
Per Axios Elliott Abrams will now be special US representative for *both* Venezuela and Iran https://t.co/rG8eqI8lDO
— Luc Cohen (@cohenluc) August 6, 2020
Elliott Abrams, convicted of lying about Iran-Contra, named special representative for Iran https://t.co/HqpCmb1FMg
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 6, 2020