Confirmed: Elliott Abrams’s Defense of Mass Murder Was Based on Lies

by | Feb 1, 2020

In The Nation, Eric Alterman reminds us of Elliot Abrams’s lying on behalf of Salvadoran death squads in the Reagan years.

This was 20 years before the W. Bush administration’s “El Salvador Option” in Iraq, using the Badr Corps to hunt and kill Sunnis, which backfired, leading to Abrams’s “Redirection” policy to start tilting back toward al Qaeda.

Later he thankfully botched a coup in Venezuela.

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Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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