President Barack Obama announced Thursday his nomination of State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland as the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, a substantial promotion. If her name sounds familiar, it should. She was the person primarily responsible for sanitizing the infamous Benghazi talking points of all traces of al-Qaida or al-Qaida-linked organizations.
Also missing were such terms as Muslim extremist, jihad or Islamic militant, and the conclusion that it was a planned assault was replaced with the fairytale centered on a YouTube video that no one had bothered seeing.
She will be replacing Philip Gordon, who the president chose to serve as Middle East coordinator for the National Security Council, according to Politico.
Because of her role in scrubbing the talking points, her nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, is expected to get some push-back from the GOP. Those points were later promoted by U.S, Amb. to the United Nations Susan Rice on her round of five Sunday talk shows less than a week after the Sept. 11 attack on our foreign mission in Benghazi, Libya.
That attack resulted in the murder of four Americans, including that of Amb. Christopher Stevens.
Politico’s Jennifer Epstein noted:
Jen Psaki, who was the Obama campaign’s traveling press secretary in 2012 and who’s seen as a top contender to take the podium at the White House, has replaced Nuland as the top State spokesperson. After a few months of preparation, she conducted her first on-camera press briefing last week.
Again, the person who scrubbed the Benghazi talking points to the point of non-recognition is being promoted.
In related news, the name of Ambassador Susan Rice, the person who promoted the non-factually based talking points on five different Sunday talk shows, is currently being mentioned as the person to become the president’s next National Security Advisor.
On the other hand, Greg Hicks, the career foreign service officer who proved in sworn testimony that the talking points were a complete work of fiction was demoted.
Do we see a pattern here?
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