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Good evening. It's Monday, August 14. Welcome to a new episode of System Update, our live nightly show that airs every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern, exclusively here on Rumble, the free speech alternative to YouTube.
Tonight: we are constantly told that voting is how we control our government and keep it accountable, that the two political parties are so radically different that they simply cannot agree on anything anymore, that the days of bipartisanship are, therefore, sadly over, and that the abuses and excesses of the War on Terror have been fully acknowledged, processed and integrated into the decision-making matrix of our political system. There are many ways to show that each of these propositions is flagrantly false, but one need not explore all of those. And that's because we have to look at just one person who is the living, breathing embodiment of everything that is rotted, deceitful and destructive not in one of the two political parties, but in the bipartisan DC ruling class. Her name is Victoria Nuland. She was just promoted by President Biden to the position of Deputy Secretary of State, the second highest ranking position in the State Department behind Secretary of State Antony Blinken, whose place she is highly likely to assume if Biden is re-elected – or, for that matter, if most – though not all – of the Republican candidates are elected president.
Nuland is in the news this week because she made an extremely embarrassing trip to the country of Niger, where she demanded that the prior president, whom the U.S. was able to control, be reinstated by the military junta that just removed him in a coup. And she threatened all sorts of reprisals for failure to obey. Nuland pretended publicly that the U.S.'s motive in demanding a change of government there is that it stands opposed to coups. The United States simply does not accept the overturning of the democratic order. That argument was literally laughed at in Niger's capital, where they unflinchingly rejected Nuland’s demands to visit with the U.S. puppet who is now under house arrest. In most of the world, Nuland’s attempt to feign anger over coups or attacks on democracy is simply laughed at, after all, this is the same Victoria Nuland that got caught on a recorded telephone call in 2014 plotting to install a pro-U.S. leader as the next president of Ukraine, once the one who was in power – the democratically elected one the U.S. disliked – was removed from power one year before his term expired under the Constitution: all is the result of U.S. supported protest movements that drove that elected president from power in Ukraine. Indeed, Nuland was seen in the square outside of the presidential palace in Kyiv, handing out food, drinks and other refreshments to the anti-government forces that had gathered to demand the removal of the elected president. I imagine if the Russian foreign minister or the Chinese foreign minister came to the United States and joined Occupy Wall Street or Tea Party protests in 2010 to cheer on the angry crowd, promised them support and tell them their cause was just. That's exactly what Nuland did in Ukraine.
Her flamboyant family trip to Niger – to save that country's democracy – happened in the same week that a U.S. State Department cable emerged proving that the State Department officials were threatening the Pakistani military with punishments if it did not immediately remove the country's elected prime minister, Imran Khan. The U.S. at the time was furious that Khan had announced Pakistan's neutrality in the war in Ukraine and wanted him gone from power, a power to which he had been democratically elected. Within weeks of that meeting with the State Department, Khan was indeed removed from power, and now he's been charged and convicted on dubious corruption charges and has been imprisoned. Despite being the country's most popular politician, or rather exactly because of that fact, he is now banned from running for political office for the next several years.
When Victoria Nuland clinches around on the international stage, feigning anger over coups and attacks on democracy, it is purely for domestic consumption, other than employees of American corporate media and its captive audience, nobody believes this when U.S. officials say it, least of all when it comes from someone with Victoria Nuland history. But like it or not, Nuland is a very influential power figure in Washington. She becomes seemingly more powerful every year, and that means she deserves a lot more attention and journalistic scrutiny than she has received. So, we're going to devote tonight's show to doing exactly that, asking who is Victoria Nuland.
How does someone go from a high-level political position in the Clinton administration in the 1990s running Russian policy, to becoming Dick Cheney's top adviser in guiding him to advocate for and implement the invasion of Iraq, to working on Russia for the Obama administration, under Hillary Clinton, and then, running Ukraine under John Kerry to once again running Ukraine under Joe Biden? Note that you can vote for whichever political party you want, and Victoria Nuland will still be in power. The only time she was out of power was when Donald Trump was president. And how is it possible that someone who is a neocon extremist, someone who was not only steadfastly devoted to policies that proved to be so destructive, advocating endless wars and regime change as a way to ostensibly spread democracy, is also an integral part of one of the most radical and influential neocon families in the United States and yet, she maintains such popularity in Washington well after neoconservatism was supposedly permanently discredited, disgraced and discarded?
The answers are found in Victoria Nuland, not because she's unique, but because she's so common in Washington. Just as Jeffrey Goldberg's media career trajectory is so representative of corporate media, the more he lies and spreads conspiracy theories that serve the agenda of the U.S. security state, the more he is rewarded and promoted. So too is Nuland's ideology and career trajectory, highly revealing of what is really valued in Washington. In light of her new promotion and her likely future, one asking “Who is Victoria Nuland?” is urgent and informative in and of itself. Asking that question also reveals to us what Washington really is.
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