Top U.S. Diplomat Caught On Tape In Profane Plot
The leak of a pirated U.S. diplomatic phone call involving plots to install new leaders in the Ukraine created an extraordinary embarrassment for the United States and illustrated the dangers of pervasive surveillance.
The call involved U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Victoria Nuland, left, one of the country's most prominent diplomats for years. She is connected to the bipartisan neo-con / neo-liberal movement that her Kagan family helps lead along with such powerful media conduits as the Washington Post.
Nuland can be heard saying "F__ the E.U." on the call to U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, right, as they ponder moves to pressure the Ukraine's pro-Russia government and the European Union in hopes of new, Western-aligned leadership for the Ukraine.
Nuland and Pyatt dismissed the prospects for dissident leader Vitali Klitschko, a former world champion heavyweight boxer, to assume a top post in the government.
“I don’t think it’s necessary,” Nuland said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.” Pyatt agreed.
Also, they briefly mention United Nations Secretary-Generation Ban Ki-moon, with the seeming implication he is a willing ally if not functionary in their plans to reorient the Ukraine's leadership.
"State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged that the recording was authentic and said Nuland had apologized to E.U. officials. But U.S. officials were also quick to point the finger at Russia, which has bristled at U.S. involvement in Ukraine," the Washington Post reported. "The recording surfaced on YouTube on Thursday, just as Nuland arrived in Ukraine for talks. It was also widely viewed on a Russian-language Web site, where it appeared online along with a photo montage of Nuland, Pyatt, and opposition figures. The Russian caption reads, 'Puppets of the Maidan,' the colloquial name for Kiev’s Independence Square."
My new book Presidential Puppetry: Obama Romney and Their Masters devotes significant attention to the bipartisan role of the Nuland and the Kagan family in diplomatic affairs, especially in fostering wars and anti-Russian efforts in the Mideast and the former Soviet republics.
Nuland's husband is Robert Kagan, a think tank scholar, Washington Post columnist and one of the most prominent early advocates (beginning in the mid-1990s) of a United States war against Iraq. The Bush administration launched that war in 2003.
Nuland served during that Bush administration at the State Department. After President Obama's election she continued as the main spokeswoman for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This week's controversy in the Ukraine arose after President Viktor Yanukovych last fall left a trade partnership with the European Union.
He said the country would join a Russian economic alliance instead. "That offer came with a $15 billion loan that U.S. and European officials came close to calling a bribe," the Post has reported.Nuland, in the phone call, offers to arrange for Vice President Biden, right, to pressure Yanukovych to compromises.
For many years, Donald Kagan has been an eminent professor of history at Yale. His sons, Robert and Frederick, earned their undergraduate degrees at Yale before obtaining advanced degrees, serving conservative government officials, authoring books, and working at quasi-academic “think tanks.” Frederick, a former professor of military history at West Point, is credited with devising the “surge” (i.e., escalation of the war) in Iraq. Robert, a Bilderberg attendee, is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and writes a foreign affairs column for the Washington Post as a part-time contributor.
Neither of the younger Kagans nor Nuland list military service on their biographies despite their frequent advocacy of war around the world. This fits an increasingly common pattern of thought leaders who, backed by the financial power of the military-security complex, create innovative rationales for more government military and security spending. They claim to be independent analysts. One favorite argument is that the president may authorize preventive wars or choose sides in civil wars if he finds a sufficient humanitarian basis for concern, as in Bosnia, Libya, and Syria.
Clearly, the Iraq and Afghanistan policies were humanitarian tragedies and policy follies on a historic scale. By rights, the Kagan family should end its claims of expertise and undertake selfless community service, such as helping disabled veterans at hospitals many hours a week. Instead, both Romney and Obama, to different degrees, welcomed them and their “expertise” to counsel in asserting U.S. power in the Mideast and Central Asia.
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