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Saturday, February 08, 2014


Washington Post reports today:

On Thursday, a video was posted on YouTube in which Victoria Nuland, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, disparagingly dismissed European Union efforts to mediate the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine by bluntly saying, “Fuck the E.U.” On Friday, Merkel, through press attache Christiane Wirtz, described the gaffe as “absolutely unacceptable,” and defended the efforts of Catherine Ashton, the E.U.’s foreign policy chief..... Nuland quickly apologized for the comments, with the United States pointing the finger Thursday at the Russians for recording and posting her private conversations with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt.

The main issue here should be the arrogant US interference in Ukrainian domestic affairs.  This video clearly reveals just how so-called US "diplomat" Nuland is picking winners and losers in the Ukraine.  That is not acceptable under any circumstances.

The Ukrainian people now fear a Syrian-style civil war in their country which is being fostered by US support for ultra right-wing forces that were historically allied to Nazi Germany.  The US wants to see a civil war on Russia's border as one more step toward breaking up the Russian Federation.  Talk about playing with dynamite.

You also hear Nuland talking about using the UN to give political cover to US devious operations in the Ukraine.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon obviously is a US puppet.  

Again from the Post:

“Victoria Nuland must step down after these remarks, otherwise there has to be a suspension of negotiations about the E.U.-U.S. free-trade agreement,” Jörg Leichtfried, leader of the Austrian Social Democratic delegation in the European Parliament, told the Austrian press agency APA, according to the daily Die Presse.

Experts say the image of the United States has suffered deeply, with the Nuland gaffe reinforcing perceptions of American heavy-handedness at a highly sensitive time. This week, for instance, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper published fresh allegations that the United States had wiretapped former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder. In response, Schröder gave an interview to the Bild newspaper in which he said, “The U.S. has no respect for a loyal ally and for the sovereignty of our country.”

Nuland’s nomination as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs in May last year clearly plays an important part in the Obama administration’s aggressive strategy toward Russia. She previously served as a deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and is married to the prominent “neoconservative” commentator and historian Robert Kagan. 


Blogger LJansen said...

Thanks, Bruce. I had not seen the WA Post article. Ms Nuland and her bosses have stepped in it.

2/9/14, 1:12 AM  

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