Victoria Nuland (born 1961) is a career diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. She has held important positions in the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations. She is fluent in Russian. She is married to prominent neoconservative ideological theoritician Robert Kagan.
George W. Bush administration
Nuland was involved in crafting the bogus talking points in the cover up of the Benghazi massacre, although the extent of her involvement was not fully revealed to Congressional investigators. Questions did come up in May 2013 when Nuland was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, covering former Soviet satellite Republics and the Russian Federation. She was sworn in to fill the office in September 2013.
Arms smuggling to ISIS
Gen. Michael Flynn as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) oversaw an analysis in 2012 that foresaw the Obama administration's support for Syrian and foreign jihadis would create “a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria," the group that in June 2014 declared itself the Islamic State Caliphate.
The partially declassified report embarrassed the advocates for an escalation of the war in Syria and the ouster of secular President Bashar al-Assad. Flynn went further in a 2015 interview when he said the intelligence was “very clear” that the Obama administration made a “willful decision” to back the jihadists in league with Middle East allies, a choice that looked particularly stupid when Islamic State militants started beheading American hostages and capturing cities in Iraq.
Key neoconservatives, such as Victoria Nuland and Sen. John McCain, began pushing for the violent right-wing coup that in February 2014 ousted Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych and touched off the new Cold War with Russia.
Amid these heightened tensions, the mainstream media in the United States and Europe joined in the full-scale Russia/Putin-bashing, holding Russia at fault for everything. A new McCarthyism emerged, deeming anyone who dared disagree a “Moscow surrogate” or a “Russian propagandist.”
The ugliness penetrated into the 2016 presidential election campaign as Hillary Clinton took a belligerent line toward Russia while Donald Trump broke with the Republican establishment and called for improved ties between Washington and Moscow.
After Trump's victory the anti-Russian hysteria gained added strength as Democrats were so angry that liberal and progressive operatives saw a chance to build a movement and raise lots of money by pushing the Trump-Putin accusations.
This opportunism turned much of the liberal/progressive community into a new pro-Cold War constituency, willing to engage in a new breed of McCarthyism, by demanding investigations into any relations between Americans and Russians.
Nuland was fired by President Donald Trump on January 26, 2017.
- "Victoria Nuland to be State Department spokesman", Foreign Policy, May 16, 2011.