- Created: Friday, 19 April 2019 10:34
- Written by Ria Aibhilín
The new US Special Envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, has an extensive history of promoting the destabilisation of progressive governments around the world. A strident anti-communist, Abrams has funded death squads across Latin America and supported regimes involved in atrocious violations of human rights. Ria Aibhilin reports.
Abrams started his political career in the Democratic Party, working on the McCarthyite Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 1975. After failing to be chosen for any of the top jobs in Jimmy Carter’s administration, in 1980 he switched sides and campaigned for Ronald Reagan. He soon rose through Republican ranks to become Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisation Affairs in 1981. Within a few months he had been promoted to oversee human rights and humanitarian affairs. He later joined both Bush administrations, helping the second to orchestrate the coup-attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002 and the Iraq war in 2003.