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Obama Gives State Dept. Talking Points Editor a Promotion

by Keith Koffler on May 24, 2013, 9:48 am

The  State Department spokeswoman who played a pivotal role in deleting portions of the Benghazi talking points has been tapped by President Obama for a plum new post, bagging a nomination to become assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

NulandNuland is a career foreign service officer who had held many high-level positions, including under George W. Bush. But her nomination to handle the European portfolio will likely be seen by Republicans as an example of the president flipping the bird their way.

Senate confirmation in the current environment would seem unlikely, at best.

During the process of whittling the original CIA talking points down, a reference to participation in the Benghazi attack by al Qaeda-linked elements was deleted. Nuland had expressed “serious concerns” about mentioning the terrorists. And she also asserted that including references to previous attacks against foreigners in Benghazi “could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.”

Nuland was particularly aggressive, pursuing the matter until the concerns of her superiors were satisfied.

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Tom May 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

This feels like,
“If you keep your mouth shut we will give you a nice cozy little job.”

borntobepolitical May 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Frankly, they are all in this together so they are not necessarily rewarded, they are just there. The job was available so she got it.

She did not have to be coerced into obfuscation. The way the system is set up, the only way they leave is to die.

Rthuba May 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

This is the definition of that yes….

Trochilus May 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

But she did not actually keep her mouth shut about several very important things.

In the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack, she dissembled publicly during press briefings on a number of occasions and on important matters. And privately, there is an undeniable record of her actively and vigorously seeking to cover up the facts regarding the terrorist attack, particularly as has now been revealed by the redacted email exchanges.

What she did keep quiet about was who — what person (or persons) — at the State Department was pressing through her for repeated amendments to the “talking points” in a way that ultimately resulted in a patently false story being told to the American people.

zalukas May 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

You still believe Government”information”?
Got to walk “multicultural” areas to get a clue.

Get out of “Lexus” and shake hands with underprivileged.
Make sure your Insurance is up to snuff..
Jus..sayin………

Bucky May 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

there’s some talking points if i ever heard some…
like you have to hang around with the irresponsible
to better “understand” the world…
tell you what, you go read the Constitution
and comprehend what that wonderful document
means to all of mankind, then we can talk…

Clearhead May 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

@ “BUCKY” — I agree with you completely concerning our Constitution. It’s such a shame that such a small number of people give it more than a second thought.

P.Barman May 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

If she is the candidate for the job and is awarded then I will say she is too stupid to deserve it and there is very low requirement for State Department Jobs. Why did she do what she did. She was the weakest link in the department and cost the lives of American lives. She will in this or after life pay for the death of 4 Americans. And will go places if Clinton get the win in Election of 2016.

LiberalsEataDik May 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

You just can’t make this shit up!

Crewmax42 May 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

I agree 100%.

GWShrub May 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hee Hee. Exactly!!

LiberalsEataDik May 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

what a surprise!

A. Levy May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

It’s kind of like being in the mob. You make “a hit” or you take the heat and protect the boss, you get a promotion. In this Marxist administration, if you lie and cover the Muslim in the Oval Office, they’ll find a good spot for you. Then, they can all sit around and laugh at the public. And since ’09, the people of this country richly deserve to be laughed at.

Bonnie May 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

After we off Sadam Hussein, a Muslim, low info voters elect Barrack Hussein, a Muslim. How stupid can we be?
Anything for Obama phones!

snoop May 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

True dat!

james taylor May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

Obama’s theme song should be ” Dirty deeds done dirt cheap” !!!!!

MaxAR15 May 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

Actually, the theme song should be Welcome Back Kotter

GWShrub May 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

Check out this potential theme song, from the 1955 Platters.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/6Zy297Xgr8Q

Jill Farrell May 24, 2013 at 10:01 am

Please consider adding Corruption Chronicles blog to your blogroll http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/

Best wish for continued success!

Jill
JW

madakemp May 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

The best way to keep someone’s mouth shut is to bribe them with a “well-placed” job…a la Jon Brennan.

Bombastic May 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

The President is a liar. And I feel disenfranchised as hell by my Government.

At this point even if Obama somehow dies in office, I really could f’n care less about it.

Treason is as treason does.

HighInformationVoter May 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Personally I don’t care when or how it happens. I just want to live long enough to piss on his grave.

snoop May 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Sounds good.

snoop May 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Always wanted to do that on Pelosi’s.

ZigBee May 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

It’s a whole sub-category of my bucket list.

Ed P May 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

Here’s a talking point; the State took control of the media. There’s an illegal war taking place. Unelected officials have elected themselves president and taken control of the media. Do you believe that this is merely a coincidence;

ObamaOsama
Biden (Bi)n La(den)

About as coincidental as Obama catching Osama 3 days after releasing his birth certificate. Did you know Obama shares a birthday and a Nobel Peace Prize with Yasser Arafat the founder of modern day terrorism? No one is exactly sure where Yasser was born either. Must be another coincidence…

The cover up and illegal war began with the 2008 election. Sarah Palin was planted to LOSE. Don’t take my word for it. See the proof and decide for yourself. Search Sarah Palin’s dirty little secret for the BIGGEST cover up in history.

Eagle0432 May 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

There is a black helicopter over your trailer interfering with your tin foil hat reception. I am no Obama supporter but you need help!

Star May 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

Bigger stretch than Gumby.

Guillermo Grande May 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

Bigger stretch than Gumby…Love it. (you won’t get credit later.) Seriously, I wonder if the lefties plant some of these posts to make us all look like tin foil origami fools. I hold nothing against Sarah and a can’t stand Oboutme, but the same post over and over…good greif…

John Patrick Ryan May 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

With the single, unapolegetic exception of the now well-proven inauthentic BC that Obama trotted out, I would agree.

Geoff Caldwell May 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

It’s not just “flipping the bird” at Republicans it’s arrogance at it’s worst.

A long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs has a better chance of exiting the room w/o injury than Nuland does of getting confirmed. (In light of his actions this past week though, it is possible John McCain could round up a few rino’s and let the President have his way but I don’t think he’s gone quite that senile just yet.

In the end it’s just another Susan Rice media stunt. Put the poor woman out there as the heroin and then paint the Repulican’s as mysogynists and hate mongers to rally the base and influence the low information crowd for 2014.

It’s despicable, it’s disgusting, but it IS Barack Hussein Obama.

Ed P May 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

Obama is merely ACTING as our president. There was a Coup. When the government stages a Coup it takes control of the media. Obama is cooperating with authorities and forced by self elected officials to sign NDAA into law. The focus of this bill was not for the illegal detention of civilians without due process, this was a diversion. NDAA was created for our government to “legalize” using PSYOPS and propaganda against the American public to cover up the truth about the Coup, the military police state, and the real story on Obama. These unelected officials are using the media, who was in on the 2008 election, along with online commenting now for an illegal war and domestic spying operation. This war began with the introduction of Sarah Palin in the 2008 election. Sarah was planted as McCain’s running mate with no intention of winning. They THREW the election. Don’t take my word for it. See the proof and decide for yourself. Search Sarah Palin’s dirty little secret and learn what our government is desperately trying to keep a lid on.

Robin H May 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Clean up! Aisle 3!

John Patrick Ryan May 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

LOL!

HighInformationVoter May 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Seriously Ed? Still trolling the web with this crap? Ed’s dirty little secret is that lump growing cold in your adult diaper.

Trochilus May 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Good point. I was a little reluctant to say it without more proof. But it certainly appears to be the case that she is being deliberately nominated for this post, knowing that her nomination will draw considerable attention and opposition, which will in turn give the Administration another opportunity to bray openly about the continuing “war on women.”

It also tailors nicely with their frequently employed “distraction” strategy — “Hey look … a squirrel! When they’re really getting hammered badly on one issue [the IRS abuses], they open up a less damaging front on a less toxic (for them) issue in order to draw attention away from the damage being inflicted elsewhere. The irony is that some people believe that the reason they deliberately leaked the IRS story, was in order to take the heat off Benghazi. If that was the case, they may have now concluded that the IRS story backfired on them and got completely out of hand. They may have believed that it could be more easily be contained. What they do know, however, is that public attention tends to be characterized by a primary focus — usually on one issue.

Mann D. Lifeboats May 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I agree.

And that, IMO, indicates how very dangerous the mendacious Marxist megalomaniac and his thugocracy is now.

I put nothing — NOTHING — past them to distract.

Actually, I’m surprised that we haven’t seen and heard gunfire and the droppings of bombings and their explosions — domestically and/or internationally.

We should all be very vigilant now.

Ron May 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

What’s her name? You reference her last name without first giving her first name.
“Veteran White House reporter” ? Really?

pianogirl88 May 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

Victoria…easy enough to find out.

John Patrick Ryan May 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

Or, according to former-Ambassador John Bolton, more familiarly referred to as “Tory.”

Danceswithtruth May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

Victoria.

Relying on others to spoon feed information? Really?

Those who have been paying attention all along don’t need her first name, we already know it.

Joe from Albany May 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I knew her name, but still noted the error.

It’s copywriting 101, and it was fair that it was pointed out.

I suspect the author would agree.

Robin H May 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

This is a blog, not an official news report. He can call her anything he’d like to here.

John Patrick Ryan May 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

Exactly so.

Stephen A. May 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

Ron, your concern is 100% legitimate. Someone with reporting credentials should know better, and I made the same comment before I saw yours. To be fair though, even editors at major papers need editors themselves, and before coffee in the morning, some people just don’t function on all cylinders.

Trochilus May 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

Ron, the folks who regularly comment here are pretty knowledgeable, especially when it comes to exposing eager volunteer political operatives like Nuland, who well earned her notoriety stripes by repeatedly attempting to mislead the American public in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi disaster. Apparently, though, you haven’t kept up, and without that base of knowledge, you’ll really going to have trouble playing.

By the way, one of the things Nuland is now “famous” for was intentionally refusing to identify in writing (in emails) exactly who she was speaking on behalf of during the obfuscatory talking points debate that she drove, either by first or last name.

We know that was quite clearly a bid to politically protect Hillary Clinton’s name from being personally drawn into the cover-up scandal, the one which Nuland was actively promoting by repeatedly objecting to clarity in telling the American people the truth about that terrorist attack!

“My building’s leadership” … indeed!

Mark Fisher May 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

This demonstrates how Obama rewards those who obfuscate and lie. She’ll fit right in with the EU crowd so it’s actually an inspired appointment.

Friedrich May 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

Typical BS from ‘president’ Obozo, doing the opposite of what should be done. I wonder if he’ll try to keep doing that from prison?

LWJR May 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

The Obama govt is showing all the signs of Fascism. Chicago MACHINE govt.

Eagle0432 May 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

So just lie through your teeth and get a promotion! Is this a great country or what? (Sarcasm)

Dad May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

Career communist

Jamesb May 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

Ah, the Mafia doctrine of “Omerta.” The criminal “Code of Silence” is strong and predictable amongst these leftist Democrats.

And leftists/socialists – please – stop with the “Bush appointed,” and “Bush promoted” them. These people are, as was pointed out in this story – CAREER State Dept. flacks.
Same at the IRS – they LIVE for BIGGER, MORE POWERFUL government. Obama is their “lord and savior.”

Guillermo Grande May 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

Agreed!
This promotion is entrenching in the kind of “leadership” the left desires. You can’t fire these people and that should be a wake up call. I don’t recall exactly which article(s) or when (probably Best of the Web), but the IRS scandal could quite possibly have been a direct result of what the IRS considered an exestienial threat to that organziation. The TEA party is clearly the party of smaller government and therefore a threat to government workers and the unions that support them.
The situation is actually better if these scandals emminate from the White House because the remedy is the next election. For if the scandals are not lead by the White House, then it means the mass body of government is now acting in it’s own self interest against a percieved threat to preservation. In other words, “Skynet” has become self aware. An otherwise innocous promotion like this is how it comes to be.
Too much reading and too little synthesis to give proper attribution.

DeathbyLiberals May 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

quid pro quo, clarice, quid pro quo

Star May 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

This guy seems determined to put The Peter Principle into action.

Mann D. Lifeboats May 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

Determined? Thanks for the laugh.

Susan May 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

It’s the Peter Principle in action. Since I’ve started paying attention to what’s going on in the cesspool of DC, it has become clear that the bureaucracy really is non-partisan. Makes no difference whether a Democrat or Republican appoints the bureaucrat to their position of power in the leviathan – they are all statists, whose loyalty lies with the centralized government and not with America as founded.

Mwmichaelse May 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

Does thus position require locating where wearing of prison stripes or orange jumpsuits or in the case of being in Arizona with Sheriff Joe, pink underwear is rewuired? These are the only fitting places this hack should be allowed to go. As for Barry’s one-upmanship, not happening. Actually he will look even more supid than he already does by launching yet another ship to nowhere. The Republicans will rub his nose in it. Barry, it’s got’cha time. Better let Eric know, too,

Chesty Puller's Ghost May 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

I’d like to smack that cocked eyebrow right off of her smarmy face….

Big Mac May 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Is it just me, or do I see Nurse Ratched saying: “You know Billy, what worries me is how your mother is going to take this.”?

Trochilus May 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

At the confirmation hearings, some Republican Senator should open up the questioning by simply asking, “Who Is ‘My Building’?”

ounceoflogic May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

At the height of the most scandalous period in modern history, the o’bama administration, believing that it is above the law, makes absolutely no effort to disguise its corrupt, un-American and/or illegal behavior. “What’re you gonna do about it?” is the new motto. Chicago-style.

Barrack O. May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

You know what? Let’s just burn this second term down.

csd May 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

She wasn’t already promoted ?

gracepmc May 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

I think Nuland has worked under 3 Presidents. At one time she was a fp adviser to Cheney. She’s married to Robert Kagan. When I went to look up a fact about Nuland I found this old article, from the left, asking why Clinton would appoint Nuland , given her background. It’s very interesting.

http://whirledview.typepad.com/whirledview/2011/05/the-strange-appointment-of-victoria-nuland-as-states-spokesperson.html

Nuland — the consummate careerist — cruise control amoral.

The Arbiter May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

This POS likes to stick his thumb in the public’s eye as if to say, “See, you got nothing on me!”. He promotes the slitch from the I.R.S . to Obamacare and now this. The tree of liberty needs water.

George Layman May 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

Well , did he have a choice? Can’t throw her under the bus, she knows too much and may squeal like a pig! Must keep her happy !

Anne Lieberman May 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

Is this Obama or Kerry? The administration’s “senior advisors” can’t be as politically tone deaf as this suggests, can they? The only other possibility is mind-boggling arrogance.

srdem65 May 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

MrObama might not be doing the lady any favors, depending on how her confirmation hearings go.
In effect, she has to answer questions on her input to the Benghazi talking points without having to be placed under subpoena.

Julie Brueckheimer May 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

A devious throwing under the bus? Maybe. By extension it would take attention away from Obama’s role, or lack thereof, in Benghazi and put it squarely on Hillary Clinton and the State Department.

Mann D. Lifeboats May 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

“The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest of men are exalted.”
—- Holy Bible, Psalm 12:8

“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.”
—- General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

Crewmax42 May 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

Seems like Obammer is admitting he was behind the deception.

Stephen A. May 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

“Nuland” on first mention? She needs a first name at least.

Sadie May 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

She doesn’t need a first name anymore than the character, Newman (mailman) from Seinfeld did.

Trochilus May 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Heh! NULAND! (bares teeth)

Justus May 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

That’s how Obama promotes his cabinet! They do the dirty work for him and it’s a promotion and a raise. The Chicago Way!

bill smith May 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

The President is either grossly incompetent chief executive, or he is a mafia godfather type thug, I think he is the latter. Our country will be torn apart for the next three years as he and his administration defends all the scandals it has created. The American public will be drawn into the Obama cult of corruption and all the back and forth of its defense. Resign now Mr. President and spare the country!!

bojosatchmo May 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

Obama: Keep up the good work Nuland. Plead the Fifth if you need to just remember no statement before the plea.

Tony May 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

Nuland get promoted for lying. Seems to be a pattern in the Obama administration. No knowledge of any situation and you are on the fast track to the top.

When will Lois Lerner be promoted to ICE or DHS. Just a matter of time.

sickofthecoverups May 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, Mr. obama?

noseitall May 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

Promoted to keep her loyal and not spill the beans to Congress.

Chris Edens May 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

So the American people are once again left wondering where the accountability is and why this administration seems to be able to get away with doing anything it wants, including killing Americans.

I guess we are supposed to get back to watching TV.

Only in today’s America can these political hacks get away with this. Our nations history shows that people have been much more angry for much less. The people of this country are going to pay for their complacency and already are.

csinnm May 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

sounds like she’s got enough time to retire w/full benefits if she doesn’t get confirmed and she can go quietly into the good night, if you catch my drift.

noseitall May 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

Obama is always hiding behind women and race. Hillary, Susan Rice, Lerner, Nuland, Jarrett, etc. He knows men will eventually stand up to him, but “his women” idolize him and will do or say anything. What a baby.

Capt Phil May 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

Truth is the most serious casualty in this administrations’ search for publicly acceptable ‘talking points’. No longer can we believe what ‘spokes spinners’ say… we have to distill what the gobbledigoock really means over time as facts are ferreted out and remarks are held to be boldfaced lies. I am disgusted that these folks are rewarded for lying and reach ever higher positions in an administration for being less than truthful. Tell a bigger lie… get a bigger job!

Patricia May 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

Every day Obama gets up and gives a big FU to the country.

Jamesb May 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yep, exactly – he sticks his greasy thumb right in our eye. I’m expecting him to hold a two word presser to remind us by saying – “I won.” ……and we lost our country.

JustAGuy May 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

Obama wants to make sure that all of the Administration personnel keeps their lies straight.

…can’t have one person telling the truth while another lies. Or more likely, one person tells lie A and another person tells lie B.

Francis May 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

So in other words. You did a great job covering up for me on Bengazi, Nuland. Here is a little something for your troubles.

Why this is how Chicago works.

ross May 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

Its the Chicago way and this promotion has the same dynamics of Lois Lerner’s. You reward loyal underlings and punish your enemies.

ConcernedOne May 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

It’s just keeps getting deeper. Paid leaves and early retirement for liars and crooks and promotions for any who stand with the Criminal In Chief. Miller, Nuland, Ingram, Lerner, Holder.

And then we have Barry wanting to release terrorists from Gitmo now, tells us that Muslims are fundamental to the American Family – yes, fundamental in committing Jihad on infidels. Fundamental on infiltrating US Gov’t to further their agenda of Sharia and silence Christians and Jews. Ah, too much to point out.

It seems Impeachment would be too kind at this point.

Nan231 May 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Just saw this today, it seems fitting. “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” Keyser Soeze