FAST FIVE: "No Difference Between John Bolton, Brian Hook Or Elliott Abrams": Iran FM

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This applies to Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump and their successors,” Mousavi added.

Indeed in perhaps one of the greatest symbols or representations of the contradictions and absurdity inherent in US foreign policy of the past few decades, and a supreme irony that can't be emphasized enough: the new US envoy to Iran who will oversee Pompeo's 'maximum pressure' campaign remains the most publicly visible face of the 1980's Iran-Contra affair.

Elliott Abrams has been named to the position after Brian Hook stepping down.

Most famously, or we should say infamously, Abrams pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 1991 following years of the Iran-Contra scandal engulfing the Reagan administration; however, he was also pardoned by outgoing president George H.W.

Some are noting this heightens the chances that Washington could get dragged into a war involving Israel and Iran.

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