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Philip M. Giraldi: “Victoria Nuland Alert”

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Written by Philip M. Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

The foreign interventionists really hate Russia

It is difficult to find anything good to say about Donald Trump, but the reality is that he has not started any new wars, though he has come dangerously close in the cases of Venezuela and Iran and there would be considerable incentive in the next four months to begin something to bolster his “strong president” credentials and to serve as a distraction from coronavirus and black lives matter.

Be that as it may, Trump will have to run hard to catch up to the record set by his three predecessors Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bush was an out-and-out neoconservative, or at least someone who was easily led, including in his administration Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Michael Ledeen, Reuel Gerecht, Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Eliot Abrams, Dan Senor and Scooter Libby. He also had the misfortune of having to endure Vice President Dick Cheney, who thought he was actually the man in charge. All were hawks who believed that the United States had the right to do whatever it considered necessary to enhance its own security, to include invading other countries, which led to Afghanistan and Iraq, where the U.S. still has forces stationed nearly twenty years later.

Clinton and Obama were so-called liberal interventionists who sought to export something called democracy to other countries in an attempt to make them more like Peoria. Clinton bombed Afghanistan and Sudan as a diversion when the press somehow caught wind of his arrangement with Monica Lewinsky and Obama, aided by Mrs. Clinton, chose to destroy Libya. Obama was also the first president to set up a regular Tuesday morning session to review a list of American citizens who would benefit from being killed by drone.

So the difference between neocons and liberal interventionists is one of style rather than substance. And, by either yardstick all-in-all, Trump looks pretty good, but there has nevertheless been a resurgence of neocon-think in his administration. The America the exceptional mindset is best exemplified currently by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who personifies the belief that the United States is empowered by God to play only by its own rules when dealing with other nations. That would include following the advice that has been attributed to leading neocon Michael Ledeen, “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.

One of the first families within the neocon/liberal interventionist firmament is the Kagans, Robert and Frederick. Frederick is a Senior Fellow at the neocon American Enterprise Institute and his wife Kimberly heads the bizarrely named Institute for the Study of War. Victoria Nuland, wife of Robert, is currently the Senior Counselor at the Albright Stonebridge Group and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. That means that Victoria aligns primarily as a liberal interventionist, as does her husband, who is also at Brookings. She is regarded as a protégé of Hillary Clinton and currently works with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who once declared that killing 500,000 Iraqi children using sanctions was “worth it.” Nuland also has significant neocon connections through her having been a member of the staff assembled by Dick Cheney.

Nuland, many will recall, was the driving force behind efforts to destabilize the Ukrainian government of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2013-2014. Yanukovych, an admittedly corrupt autocrat, nevertheless became Prime Minister after a free election. Nuland, who was the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, provided open support to the Maidan Square demonstrators opposed to Yanukovych’s government, to include media friendly appearances passing out cookies on the square to encourage the protesters.

Nuland openly sought regime change for Ukraine by brazenly supportinggovernment opponents in spite of the fact that Washington and Kiev had ostensibly friendly relations. It is hard to imagine that any U.S. administration would tolerate a similar attempt by a foreign nation to interfere in U.S. domestic politics, particularly if it were backed by a $5 billion budget, but Washington has long believed in a global double standard for evaluating its own behavior.

Nuland is most famous for her foul language when referring to the potential European role in managing the unrest that she and the National Endowment for Democracy had helped create in Ukraine. For Nuland, the replacement of the government in Kiev was only the prelude to a sharp break and escalating conflict with the real enemy, Moscow, over Russia’s attempts to protect its own interests in Ukraine, most particularly in Crimea.

And make no mistake about Nuland’s broader intention at that time to expand the conflict and directly confront Russia. In Senate testimony she cited how the administration was “providing support to other frontline states like Moldova and Georgia.” Her use of the word “frontline” is suggestive.

Victoria Nuland was playing with fire. Russia, as the only nation with the military capability to destroy the U.S., was and is not a sideshow like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or the Taliban’s Afghanistan. Backing Moscow into a corner with no way out by using threats and sanctions is not good policy. Washington has many excellent reasons to maintain a stable relationship with Moscow, including counter-terrorism efforts, and little to gain from moving in the opposite direction. Russia is not about to reconstitute the Warsaw Pact and there is no compelling reason to return to a Cold War footing by either arming Ukraine or permitting it to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Victoria Nuland has just written a long article for July/August issue of Foreign Affairsmagazine on the proper way for the United States manage what she sees as the Russian “threat.” It is entitled “How a Confident America Should Deal With Russia.” Foreign Affairs, it should be observed, is an establishment house organ produced by the Council on Foreign Relations which provides a comfortable perch for both neocons and liberal interventionists.

Nuland’s view is that the United States lost confidence in its own “ability to change the game” against Vladimir Putin, who has been able to play “a weak hand well because the United States and its allies have let him, allowing Russia to violate arms control treaties, international law, the sovereignty of its neighbors, and the integrity of elections in the United States and Europe… Washington and its allies have forgotten the statecraft that won the Cold War and continued to yield results for many years after. That strategy required consistent U.S. leadership at the presidential level, unity with democratic allies and partners, and a shared resolve to deter and roll back dangerous behavior by the Kremlin. It also included incentives for Moscow to cooperate and, at times, direct appeals to the Russian people about the benefits of a better relationship. Yet that approach has fallen into disuse, even as Russia’s threat to the liberal world has grown.”

What Nuland writes would make perfect sense if one were to share her perception of Russia as a rogue state threatening the “liberal world.” She sees Russian rearmament under Putin as a threat even though it was dwarfed by the spending of NATO and the U.S. She shares her fear that Putin might seek “…reestablishing a Russian sphere of influence in eastern Europe and from vetoing the security arrangements of his neighbors. Here, a chasm soon opened between liberal democracies and the still very Soviet man leading Russia, especially on the subject of NATO enlargement. No matter how hard Washington and its allies tried to persuade Moscow that NATO was a purely defensive alliance that posed no threat to Russia, it continued to serve Putin’s agenda to see Europe in zero-sum terms.”

Nuland’s view of NATO enlargement is so wide of the mark that it borders on being a fantasy. Of course, Russia would consider a military alliance on its doorstep to be a threat, particularly as a U.S. Administration had provided assurances that expansion would not take place. She goes on to suggest utter nonsense, that Putin’s great fear over the NATO expansion derives from his having “…always understood that a belt of increasingly democratic, prosperous states around Russia would pose a direct challenge to his leadership model and risk re-infecting his own people with democratic aspirations.”

Nuland goes on and on in a similar vein, but her central theme is that Russia must be confronted to deter Vladimir Putin, a man that she clearly hates and depicts as if he were a comic book version of evil. Some of her analysis is ridiculous, as “Russian troops regularly test the few U.S. forces left in Syria to try to gain access to the country’s oil fields and smuggling routes. If these U.S. troops left, nothing would prevent Moscow and Tehran from financing their operations with Syrian oil or smuggled drugs and weapons.”

Like most zealots, Nuland is notably lacking in any sense of self-criticism. She conspired to overthrow a legitimately elected democratic government in Ukraine because it was considered too friendly to Russia. She accuses the Kremlin of having “seized” Crimea, but fails to see the heavy footprint of the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq and as a regional enabler of Israeli and Saudi war crimes. One wonders if she is aware that Russia, which she sees as expansionistic, has only one overseas military base while the United States has more than a thousand.

Nuland clearly chooses not to notice the White House’s threats against countries that do not toe the American line, most recently Iran and Venezuela, but increasingly also China on top of perennial enemy Russia. None of those nations threaten the United States and all the kinetic activity and warnings are forthcoming from a gentleman named Mike Pompeo, speaking from Washington, not from “undemocratic” leaders in the Kremlin, Tehran, Caracas or Beijing.

Victoria Nuland recommends that “The challenge for the United States in 2021 will be to lead the democracies of the world in crafting a more effective approach to Russia—one that builds on their strengths and puts stress on Putin where he is vulnerable, including among his own citizens.” Interestingly, that might be regarded as seeking to interfere in the workings of a foreign government, reminiscent of the phony case made against Russia in 2016. And it is precisely what Nuland did in fact do in Ukraine.

Nuland has a lot more to say in her article and those who are interested in the current state of interventionism in Washington should not ignore her. Confronting Russia as some kind of ideological enemy is a never-ending process that leaves both sides poorer and less free. It is appropriate for Moscow to have an interest in what goes on right on top of its border while the United States five thousand miles away and possessing both a vastly larger economy and armed forces can, one would think, relax a bit and unload the burden of being the world’s self-appointed policeman.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is https://councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org.

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occupybacon

Ahhh the cookies that defeated the midget

Lone Ranger

That defeated the U.S. Empire…long term ;)

occupybacon

I already miss the Empire. Can I have it back?

Lone Ranger

I dont think so.

occupybacon

Please please mr Ranger, let the Empire back

Lone Ranger

Its not up to me :)

occupybacon

I will miss America so much, I don’t know if I can live witout its greenies. What currency shall we use now?

Lone Ranger

Silver and gold.

occupybacon

But Russia purchased all of it, nothing is left for me.

Lone Ranger

Oy gevalt…

occupybacon

I think I can cope with the greens from my murican company, thank for the moral support anyway.

verner

frenzied mind in melt down mood it seems, been obvious since the regime change operation in ukraine!

Brother Ma

An evil and masculinized woman hating the world and people just like her coreligionist Ayn Rand did.

Joao Alfaiate

Confronting Russia is an idea which should be considered as soon as the USG regains control of Minneapolis and Seattle.

Lone Ranger

Confront your aunts saggy tits, adolf…

Joao Alfaiate

I’m guessing you don’t do irony.

Lone Ranger

You dont know how many trolls post similar crap here, and they are dead serious about it.
Sorry for the friendly fire.

Joao Alfaiate

Let’s go after the bad guys, of which there are plenty!

Lone Ranger

Amen.

Lone Ranger

Nulland can choke on her LSD laced kosher cookies.
Fuckin witch.
Only difference between demonrats and redbloodlickans is that demonrats use proxies while redbloodlickans send Americants to die for banksters and the military industrial complex.
Thankfully the U.S. Empire is coming to and end now.

verner

madeleine albright and victoria nuland, both severely jewish, from the same pod of rank and unadulterated evilness. the disjointed states of A have a way to allow vicious jews to make a career in government and spread the true and rancid evilness of the jews far and wide. truly appalling.

Cromwell

The only language those Imperialist bastards understand are body bags going home by the shed load.

rightiswrong rightiswrong

What is it about US State officials, and obesity?

Albright, Nuland and Pompeo are walking adverts, for WeightWatchers. Being fat and obese must be clear signs of a vicious personality, not the jovial fat type at all.

If Nuland lost 20 kilos or so, she might actually encourage her loony husband to start looking at her as a woman, rather than designing plans for world subjugation, they might actually do what other normal couples do.
The last time Pompeo seen his toes must have been during basic training ffs.

Lone Ranger

GMO donuts and waffels…for breakfast…

rightiswrong rightiswrong

Every five minutes or so LR, pigs eat all day, and never get that fat. lol

CHUCKMAN

A good article about an extremely dangerous person, Victoria Nuland.

One of the great influences over American Neocon attitudes towards Russia, and Nuland is a Neocon’s Neocon, is the set of relationships between Russia, the US, and Israel.

Israel and its American Neocon supporters implicitly regard Russia as an impediment to Israel.

For them a strong, swaggering Israel in the Middle East is best assured by a highly aggressive US military posture. Full-spectrum dominance et all.

While Russia maintains excellent relations with Israel, Russia absolutely must respond to an aggressive US, and that is where the conflict between Russia and Israel and its Neocon supporters enters.

The perfect recent example of the conflict is in Syria. The horrible war in Syria is not of course a civil war as the West’s press insists on describing it.

No, the war in Syria is the result of deliberately introduced mercenaries recruited from many lands. They have a facade of being jihadists, but it is only a facade. They are paid and supplied by Western interests, including Saudi Arabia in that category. Unlike some real jihadists might do, they never attack Israeli interests or territory and they never attack the corrupt Saudi Princes that genuine jihadists would despise.

No, they attack only those Israel regards as enemies. Very odd jihadists indeed.

Their task is, and always has been, to topple the stable government of Syria, a project dear to the hearts of Israel’s right-wing government and its American Neocon fan club. The Syrian War is a kind of unconventional, hybrid warfare involving many different dark tactics, including the odd set-up scenario with poison gas to be blamed on the national government so that America is provided an excuse to bomb the crap out of the country.

When Putin decided to help his ally, Syria, in its struggle, he made an instant enemy of the Israeli and allied Neocon interests at work in Syria.

As Putin and Assad largely proved successful in the fight against the mercenaries and reclaimed Syria’s territory, those interests have come up with dirty plan after dirty plan to prevent the full recovery of Syria, the last being Trump’s laughable claim about liking to steal oil in Syria, the idea there being to occupy an important resource and prevent Assad from fully recovering his territory and using its resources in the country’s postwar recovery.

Putin’ air forces could in theory attack and drive out the relatively small American forces involved, but that would mean war with America, and Putin is a very sensible statesman.

So, there is a kind of stalemate. People like Victoria Nuland would undoubtedly like to see that situation turned back to something more actively aggressive.

She, of course, also cannot be happy over the stability of Iran under Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure,” a campaign artificially induced by American Neocons, not because they genuinely fear Iran creating nuclear weapons – and, indeed, Iran has never had a program to create them all experts agree – but because Iran is the natural hegemon in the region by virtue of its size, a situation even further enhanced by the outcome of America’s disastrous Iraq War, again a war deliberately instigated by Israel and its Neocon allies in Washington.

Iran’s impressive domestically-created missile defenses, well demonstrated for their precision and accuracy, have effectively created something of a stalemate there also. America and Israel cannot now attack Iran without paying quite a price, a remarkable achievement given the terrible sanctions under which they work. Iran is also an ally for Russia.

Nuland making new noises about how the US should deal with Russia only adds new dangers to an uncertain world plagued by disease and economic crisis.

Noel Ignatiev H8s white people

Great post. I would add that if jewish neocohens like nuland are loyal to jews/israel, she and like minded jews have no business being in Europe or the Anglosphere. They are pushing damaging policies for the west.

The US and Europe should have good, mutually beneficial relations with Islamic countries. These neocohens are constantly thwarting this possibility.

If you haven’t already read this book, I highly recommend it:

https://www.amazon.com/They-Dare-Speak-Out-Institutions/dp/155652482X

Swift Laggard II

All I see here is someone being objectified into a caricature for hate purposes the same way Hillary has been for many years. It’s implausible that Nuland is exceptionally or even especially powerful. She is just a cog in a big machine that is DC and just implements decisions made by the cabal in power. I have never seen such a fascination with any male figures except maybe for Kissinger and in his case he was indeed powerful. this is hogwash

El Mashi

She is a neocon/Zionist, and seeks revenge for Putin defending Syrian sovereignty and its people.

peter mcloughlin

I agree that “backing Moscow into a corner with no way out” is a dangerous strategy. This is not the Cold War: in the Cold War the United States and USSR were able to keep peace, a balance of power, an equilibrium where neither side’s vital interests were threatened. Russia had a buffer zone: not today. America was at the height of its global economic power: today it is being overtaken by China. In the Cold War the big powers avoided nuclear Armageddon – though at times appeared to come close – because they were able to. The misguided thinking today is: “we got through the Cold War we can get this”. This is not a re-run of 1945-1991: it is the lead-in to the holocaust that period skilfully avoided.
https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

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