Merkel: US diplomat’s remark about EU “absolutely unacceptable”

posted at 9:21 am on February 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Angela Merkel doesn’t appear to be in a forgiving mood, even after US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland apologized for her remarks in a leaked telephone call that included, “F*** the EU.” Merkel, who spent the last few months outraged over surveillance of her own phone conversations by the NSA, expressed outrage over Nuland’s commentary, and insisted that the EU would remain at the forefront of efforts to defuse the Ukrainian crisis:

An angry US State Department pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging the diplomats’ phones.

“Certainly we think this is a new low in Russian tradecraft,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

But the irritation in Europe focused squarely on Washington rather than the Kremlin — a worrying signal for the US administration amid continuing fallout over its controversial phone and Internet surveillance work.

“The chancellor considers this statement absolutely unacceptable … and wants to emphasise again that (EU foreign policy chief Catherine) Ashton is doing an outstanding job,” a spokeswoman for Merkel said on Friday, referring to the video.

“The European Union will continue with its intensive efforts to calm the situation in Ukraine.”

There is some irony to this, of course. The phone audio leak was an obvious attempt by an interested party to drive a wedge between the EU and the US on Ukraine. What party would (a) “interested” and (b) has the resources to penetrate sensitive communications between two US State Department officials? Only a few intel agencies would have those capabilities — we hope — and among them would be the UK, Germany, and Russia. In this case, the cui bono answer would obviously be Russia, but Merkel seems a lot less interested in the outrage over listening in on conversations and pretty doggoned interested in what was said.

Of course, the Russians aren’t going to admit to anything, but I don’t think anyone is mystified by the origin of the phone tap:

This time U.S. officials suggest Russia was apparently listening in on a top U.S. diplomat, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, when she made some profane comments about her European Union colleagues’ slow response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Her comment about the E.U. was blunt and profane: “F*** the E.U.”

The Russians quickly posted the YouTube audio of her comments on Twitter just as she was arriving in Ukraine for meetings.

“The video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government. I think it says something about Russia’s role,” White House spokesman Jay Carney – a former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine and a Russia expert – said Thursday.

The only thing surprising about this is that the Russians blew their cover on such a minor kerfuffle. This release must have the State Department revamping its comms security to shake off any taps now, which means the Russians will have to penetrate it all over again. On the other hand, State doesn’t have a track record of keeping security cutting-edge either, so perhaps Moscow isn’t all that concerned.

Or, more likely, this is a warning to the West to stay out of Ukraine:

The tense Russian-American jockeying over the fate of Ukraine escalated on Thursday as a Kremlin official accused Washington of “crudely interfering” in the former Soviet republic, while the Obama administration blamed Moscow for spreading an intercepted private conversation between two American diplomats. …

An audiotape of the conversation appeared on the Internet and opened a window into American handling of the political crisis here, as the two diplomats candidly discussed the composition of a possible new government to replace the pro-Russian cabinet of Ukraine’s president, Viktor F. Yanukovych. It also turned the tables on the Obama administration, which has been under fire lately for spying on foreign leaders.

The developments on the eve of the Winter Olympics opening in Sochi, Russia, underscored the increasingly Cold War-style contest for influence here as East and West vie for the favor of a nation of 45 million with historic ties to Moscow but a deep yearning to join the rest of Europe. The tit for tat has been going on since November, when Mr. Yanukovych spurned a trade deal with Europe and accepted a $15 billion loan from Moscow. Months of street protests have threatened his government, and American officials are now trying to broker a settlement — an effort the Kremlin seems determined to block.

Overall, this proves once again that (a) nations spy on each other, and (b) Russia is not our friend.


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Just hit the reset button. No problem.

Chris of Rights on February 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

smart power™

Lost in Jersey on February 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The Obama administration continues to build up the world’s respect for the US.

socalcon on February 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

What party would (a) “interested” and (b) has the resources to penetrate sensitive communications between two US State Department officials?

Obozo leaked it himself. Apparently a wedge is King Putt’s favorite club.

Flange on February 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Geez, Putin took obama to school over Syria’s chemical weapons and the “BIG RED LINE”. Now this administration had a chance to stick it back to him over the Ukraine involvement and yet they have to apologize for a State lackey making a sophomoric comment and having NSA phone taping thrown right back in their face.

How can this not be the worst organized administration ever?

hawkdriver on February 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

What’s up with Obama’s “tough” stance on Ukraine? Is this all about some payback against Putin?

NotCoach on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

(b) Russia is not our friend.

Dare I say #1 Geopolitical Foe?

Critic2029 on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

The adults are in charge!

SAZMD on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

“F*** the EU.”

She must take after Joe Biteme…

Electrongod on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Smart Power, förvisso….

Swedish Patriot on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

What’s up with Obama’s “tough” stance on Ukraine? Is this all about some payback against Putin?

NotCoach on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Maybe. But he’s not handling it well. As a matter of fact, he looks like a weak, floundering azz-hat again.

hawkdriver on February 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Let’s not forget that this potty mouth was actually rewarded for her role in producing those bogus talking points Susan Rice used about Benghazi.

The CIA included this paragraph (completely true):

“The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that, since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.”

Nuland objected to it because it “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that?” The paragraph was entirely deleted.

In short, this is what happens when, instead of professionals, you end up with hacks who enjoy political patronage.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

After 5 yrs in office, still making Freshman mistakes..all you need to know…#perpetualineptness

hillsoftx on February 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Merkel’s faux outrage is outrageous.

The Oven on February 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Dare I say #1 Geopolitical Foe?

Critic2029 on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I think I would put China in that spot.

NotCoach on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

They told me if I voted for John McCain Sarah Palin, the rest of the world would hate us and they were right!

Occams Stubble on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Obama’s foreign policy operation is less professional than most of the acts on the old Gong Show.

ConstantineXI on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

There’s not one scintilla of evidence that the recording was made by Russians. We know who has been exposed as listening to diplomats’ communications.

corona79 on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Merkel’s faux outrage is outrageous.

The Oven on February 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I dunno. If someone said “F**k the US” over our effort to help in a situation such as this, I’d think that would warrant some level of displeasure.

You disagree?

hawkdriver on February 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

After apologizing, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland got on the phone with Secretary of State Kerry and reportedly said ” *beep* Russia and *beep* that *beeping* *Beep* Merkel, and *beep* the EU twice over! It’s further reported that Kerry told Nuland she “beep’d* up and had a message from the Vice President saying “this is big *beeping* deal John.

Officials had no additional comments but did say “It was not clear if the conversation took place on a secured line. Thats *beeping* smart power.”

WisRich on February 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

F**k them all; Russia, the EU, and Dog Eater.

Bishop on February 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Time for President Choom to win another Nobel Peace Prize.

RoadRunner on February 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I wonder, did this Russian spying ping the NSA system and they missed it, or were they just not paying attention, being too busy and all with spying on Americans?

Dusty on February 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

The talking heads on France24 were all a twitter about John Kerry’s remarks about the French businessmen’s trip to Tehran too.

J_Crater on February 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

President Barack Obama said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a “tough guy” schtick he uses to appeal to his native countrymen while on the world’s stage.

And what 0b00ba says publicly is as idiotic as what some of his people say privately. Remember when US presidents had some tough guy schtick to toss around? Those were the days.

At least Nuland didn’t know she was being recorded. Most people talk differently in private than they do in public, but some people have no filter.

Akzed on February 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The United States Federal Government is incapable of securing its’ phone conversations …

But we the people are supposed to put every aspect of our personal lives on the Obamacare website … and believe that information is secure …

r27cj on February 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Shouldn’t someone at that level in the State Department know that no phone call is “private” enough to use that kind of crude, incendiary language? Traditionally, the currency of diplomats has been discretion and subtlety. Stupidity and amateurism seem to be endemic in this administration.

SacredFire on February 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

An angry US State Department pointed the finger at Russia for allegedly bugging the diplomats’ phones.

..heh?

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Dare I say #1 Geopolitical Foe?

Critic2029 on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I think I would put China in that spot.

NotCoach on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

China and the US are still to interdepended economically for China to really rock the boat. A Cold/Hot/Trade War between us would be equally damaging. Russia is free to do as it pleases these days.

Critic2029 on February 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Shouldn’t someone at that level in the State Department know that no phone call is “private” enough to use that kind of crude, incendiary language? Traditionally, the currency of diplomats has been discretion and subtlety. Stupidity and amateurism seem to be endemic in this administration.
SacredFire on February 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Shouldn’t we have people in the State Department who act professionally?

ConstantineXI on February 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Never liked Victoria Nuland.

BigGator5 on February 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Obama knew (via the NSA) Merkel would make that comment before she publicly said it….

albill on February 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“… White House spokesman Jay Carney – a former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine and a Russia expert – said Thursday.

Well, that explains Carney’s Pravda-Izvestia personality.

Dusty on February 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Amateur hour years.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on February 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

From Yesterdays State Briefing;
(not the whole transcripty)

Daily Press Briefing – February 6, 2014
Feb. 6, 2014: U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson Jen Psaki in Washington, DC.

VIDEO:(42:56)

http://video.state.gov/en/video/3162267122001
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Jen Psaki
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
February 6, 2014
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TRANSCRIPT:

1:43 p.m. EST
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QUESTION: Do you think, does the U.S. Government believe, that Russia was behind this bugging and release? And if you are not willing to go that far, are you concerned at all that officials in the Russian Government seem to be wanting to point – to draw attention to this?

MS. PSAKI: Well, certainly we think this is a new low in Russian tradecraft in terms of publicizing, posting. I don’t have any other independent details about the origin of the YouTube video. You’re right. This has clearly happened overnight and is relatively new. But this is something they’ve been actively promoting, posting on, tweeting about, and certainly that we feel that represents a new low.

QUESTION: But do you think that –

QUESTION: Well, what do you mean – can I follow up, please?

MS. PSAKI: Yeah, sure.

QUESTION: What do you mean by this is a new low in Russian tradecraft? Tradecraft is a word typically that refers almost exclusively to espionage activities. Are you saying that you regard this as an act of Russian espionage, that this conversation was recorded and broadcast?

MS. PSAKI: Well, certainly, if it was recorded and broadcast, that that would be that – that it would be violating a private conversation.

QUESTION: But you said this is a new low in Russian tradecraft.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: That means you think that the Russians, in fact, recorded and made available this broadcast.

MS. PSAKI: Well, as I just stated, I don’t have any independent or new information on that, but obviously, they promoted this and were the first to tweet about it, so that’s what I was noting.

QUESTION: So that’s your suspicion, that you didn’t – I mean, you said this is a new low in Russian tradecraft. That implies that you believe it is their responsibility.

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think I was pretty clear in answering Matt’s question that I don’t have any independent information on the origin of the YouTube video, but obviously, they were the first ones to post on Twitter about it, which is an indication. But again, I don’t know – I don’t have any independent –

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: So when you’re –

QUESTION: And then – wait, sorry, can I keep going?

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: Because they’re – look, the Russians have repeatedly accused the United States Government of interfering in Ukraine’s politics.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: The U.S. Government has, to some degree, made reciprocal claims about Russia. Does not the fact that U.S. diplomats purportedly are discussing who should and should not be in a Ukrainian government hint at some possibility of U.S. interference here?

MS. PSAKI: Absolutely not. There – it should be no surprise that U.S. officials talk about issues around the world. Of course we do. That’s what you do, that’s what diplomats do, and discuss especially issues where we’ve been closely engaged. The Secretary met with the opposition this weekend. He stopped by a meeting with the foreign minister. It’s up to the people of Ukraine, including officials from both sides, to determine the path forward. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are discussions about events on the ground.

QUESTION: This was more than discussions, though. This was two top U.S. officials that are on the ground discussing a plan that they have to broker a future government, and bringing officials from the UN to kind of seal the deal. This is more than the U.S. trying to make suggestions. This is the U.S. midwifing the process.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Elise, you’re talking about a private diplomatic conversation. Those happen all the time. Of course as part of private diplomatic conversations, there are discussions about what involvement the UN can have, what involvement or engagement should happen on the ground. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Of course, these things are being discussed. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s up to the people on the ground, it is up to the people of Ukraine to determine what the path forward is.

QUESTION: But you’re clearly trying to influence what they decide. I mean, one of the quotes is – and this is attributed to Ambassador Pyatt: “I think you reaching out to him” – Klitschko –“helps with the personality management among the three, and it gives you also a chance to move fast and all this stuff and put us behind it before they all sit down.” And he explains why he doesn’t like it. That’s not – that’s not oh, let them figure this out. That’s gee, let’s try to do this so that he won’t decide he doesn’t like this plan.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Arshad, it’s not a secret that we’re engaged with what’s happening on the ground. I mean, the Secretary met with the opposition this weekend. He also met with the foreign minister. As part of those discussions, you engage with what’s happening, what the recommendations are. They’re going to choose to do it or they’re not. But that’s, of course, what you discuss in any meeting or conversation regardless.

QUESTION: I want to go back to –

QUESTION: But the bottom line here –

QUESTION: He does actually –

QUESTION: — is that you do have an opinion about what certain people should – what role certain people should – what role you think is best for certain people to play, correct? I mean, you do have – that is an opinion of the United States. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to foist that or force it on the people of Ukraine, but you do have an opinion, correct?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, I would caution everybody –

QUESTION: Is that correct?

MS. PSAKI: One moment. We’re talking about a couple of minutes from a recorded call.

QUESTION: Right.

MS. PSAKI: That doesn’t reflect every conversation that’s happened –

QUESTION: No.

MS. PSAKI: — every debate that’s happened, every internal conversation that’s happened.

QUESTION: No, you’re right.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: You’re absolutely right. But you do have – here is a case where an official – two officials are talking about a preference for what one opposition or several opposition leaders should do, whether they should be in or stay out of the government; is that not correct? So you do have an opinion about what you think would be best.

MS. PSAKI: Well –

QUESTION: And I’m not sure that that’s so –

MS. PSAKI: I’m not –

QUESTION: — that’s bad –

MS. PSAKI: We have opinions about a range of issues.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. PSAKI: That shouldn’t be a surprise.

QUESTION: So here’s my – so I would just then – so when you get a question –

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: — about whether you think it would be good or bad for Politician X or Y in Country X or Y to run for office, for any office, I don’t think that it is honest for you to say no, we don’t have an opinion and that’s completely up to the people of Country X.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, there’s a –

QUESTION: And I specifically mean in this case I’m talking about Egypt.

MS. PSAKI: Sure. Well, let me just –

QUESTION: Because you do have an opinion.

MS. PSAKI: — make one comment here. There is a difference between private discussions that happen in the interagency process, in the building, and what we convey publicly as a U.S. Government. And we have a responsibility to convey what our position is. Of course, you’re discussing a range of options on a range of issues.

QUESTION: But if –

MS. PSAKI: That’s what you do as –

QUESTION: But I’m sorry –

MS. PSAKI: — as a diplomat.

QUESTION: If you’re saying privately behind the scenes that you’re cooking up a deal, and then you’re saying publicly that this is up for Ukrainians to decide, those are two totally different things. I understand that diplomatic discussions are sensitive and you don’t want everything to come out, but those are two totally different – totally different positions.
(More…………)
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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/02/221422.htm

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

How arrogant is our foreign policy going to become? While I am not FP expert, I am having difficulty understanding how the White House can stake out a position that is opposite of our allies in the region. What is our interest in the Ukraine? How is it furthered by embarrassing the EU and our allies? In the end, we are the ones embarrassed by this, apparently due to arrogance.

airupthere on February 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

“… White House spokesman Jay Carney – a former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine and a Russia expert – said Thursday.

Well, that explains Carney’s Pravda-Izvestia personality.

Dusty on February 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I did not know that. Explains a lot indeed. But par for the course in the type of people In which Barry has surrounded himself. See: Van Jones, Anita Dunn, well, everyone around him.

Brat on February 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

China and the US are still to interdepended economically for China to really rock the boat. A Cold/Hot/Trade War between us would be equally damaging. Russia is free to do as it pleases these days.

Critic2029 on February 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

The fear of internal collapse/revolution/regime overthrow caused by a bad economy is the only thing restraining China.

Shouldn’t Obama worry about the same thing?

ConstantineXI on February 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I have yet to hear the press call for her resignation, since we know if this was the Bush Adminis….aw, forget it.

goflyers on February 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Speaking of Germany:

NSA bugged the phone of former German Chancellor Schroeder from at least 2002, German newspaper reports – @Reuters
read more on reuters.com
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Wed Feb 5, 2014 5:55am EST
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/05/us-germany-usa-spying-idUSBREA140BL20140205?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Most TV anchors and reporters learn early on that every mic is a hot mic. Let’s now add this axiom: every phone is a tapped phone. Especially if you’re talking to the ambassador to the freaking Ukraine! Think Putin might be interested in that convo?

KKinFLA on February 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

“… White House spokesman Jay Carney – a former Moscow bureau chief for Time Magazine and a Russia expert – said Thursday.

So the threshold for being an “expert” is having lived in a foreign country? Explains why so many of these new ambassadors are political hacks with no understanding of the nations they are headed to.

The real question is if all the cool kids including Jay Carney and Jen Psaki go to Costco and buy those hipster glasses in bulk or if they just wear them to be unique and different- just like everybody else.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Must be a nice feeling to be halfway around the world in Sochi while your President is in a pissing match with your host. Now the athletes have both kinds of bugs to worry about in their hotel rooms.

LincolnTf on February 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Which hat are we in this Spy vs Spy caper,black or white?
http://www.leedberg.com/mad/spies/spies.html

docflash on February 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Well, even a blind hog finds an occasional acorn…..

HBowmanMD on February 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

This is just the latest example of the ham-headed idjits at State and the ham fisted ways of the Kremlin;and just another sign of the smell of rotting ham wafting from the White House.

vnvet on February 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Dare I say #1 Geopolitical Foe?

Critic2029 on February 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I think I would put China in that spot.

NotCoach on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

China does not have the nuclear weapons capability to wipe the US off the face of the earth. Russia does. That fact should count alot in the ratings.

KW64 on February 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Overdrive!

It bugs me that the EU didn’t see right through this, roll their eyes at the childish language, and shrug it off. The fact that they took the bait says a lot for where we stand with them.

Pixels on February 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Just hit the reset button. No problem.

Chris of Rights on February 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Unfortunately the liberals only have an overcharge button.

gwelf on February 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The real irony is that this is the only sensible thing that anyone in this Administration has ever said about the EU.

Tom Servo on February 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Based on the reporting from Sochi, Notable absentees from tonight’s opening ceremonies include Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande. Wouldn’t that be a fun bunch for Putin to be shooting selfies with as the Russians laud Stalin and Lenin?

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

So, the rest of the world is luvin’ us more now. Right?

Tsar of Earth on February 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

The significance of this event is not the event itself but its place in a long line of events that paint a bleak picture of this administration. Mistakes happen all the time, but at the highest level of government one would expect that the occurrences would be few.

This administration, however, sets a record foe being inept that leaves many pining for President Carter. We elected a master campaigner, never considering that the campaign was a means to the end of having someone who could thoughtfully and efficiently administer our government. Instead, we (and at some level we had to know this)got a man with no administrative experience or expertise and (surprise) turned out to enjoy and concentrate on campaigning rather than doing the job of President.

We also got a President who doesn’t multi-task; he wants to redistribute wealth and this take precedence over everything else: Benghazi, Egypt, Syria, IRS performance, etc. Oh sure, he gives a speech and limited lip service to these things, but then ignores them. When his personnel do not follow up on even trying to keep the promises that Mr. Obama makes, he doesn’t even chastise them, much less fire them. Who on earth would expect performance in such a permissive atmosphere? It is like having a professor who is a sur “A” in college; fake it and run to the bank with your grade before anyone asks embarrassing questions.

However, given his desire to change our country to European style governance and living standards, I have to give thanks for his ineptitude. Imagine the trouble we would be in if he had the ability and work ethic of Lyndon Johnson. That would put me in an early grave.

TKPedersen42 on February 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Has recently promoted Nuland been fired as yet?

Amazingoly on February 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Obama’s foreign policy operation is less professional than most of the acts on the old Gong Show.

ConstantineXI on February 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Finally! We are now converging on a fitting analogymetaphorsimile or whatever it is.

Nice work there.

Tsar of Earth on February 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Reagan won the Cold War and 30 years later, King Putt snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

I weep for our once-great country.

Maddie on February 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM

So, the rest of the world is luvin’ us more now. Right?

Tsar of Earth on February 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Yup! Now, moving on to getting the oceans lowered. We are just flying through our To-Do list, are we not?

Maddie on February 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Lest anyone overlook, Victoria Nuland is that vicious apologist for Hillary and Benghazi. This is her our reward.

pat on February 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Well, for me anyway, that’s the first thing Nuland ever said I agree with.

Who exactly is the EU anyway? A bunch of largely failed countries largely subsidized by Germany and whose monetary policies have destroyed their economies?

Marcus Traianus on February 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

A Democrat I can agree with? After the Dems run her out of town, maybe she should move to England and join UKIP.

besser tot als rot on February 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yeah, I’m really sure nobody in the EU ever said anything like this about the U.S.

Socratease on February 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

MeanWhile,…….back at Team Democrat AgendaRus:

NSA surveillance programs leaked
3m
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2 secret courts that authorize US spying operations like the NSA’s add 2 judges with Democratic ties – @Reuters
read more on reuters.com
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U.S. spy courts add two judges with Democratic ties

By David Ingram
WASHINGTON Fri Feb 7, 2014 11:36am EST
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/07/us-usa-security-court-idUSBREA1618N20140207

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Lord have mercy, the “diplomacy” of the Obama Administration is terrible. Under Obama, it hurts to be an ally of the USA, but it certainly helps to be an enemy! If this is what “smart power” looks like, bring back the Bush years

Dr.B on February 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Heck, bring back the Cater administration’s diplomacy! It has been an endless amateur hour at Foggy Bottom

Dr.B on February 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

How to win friends and influence people, obama style.

KMC1 on February 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

It must be very liberating for Victoria Nuland to be able to express her real feelings, instead of being the mouthpiece for a corrupt Secretary of State.

But how does one go about recovering one’s integrity after it has been sacrificed on the altar of career advancement?

Kritikal on February 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Great … just read this after eating lunch and saw the screen cap of Andrea Mitchell … going home sick now .. Thanks Ed

rlhjax on February 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

This Obama group, only likes despot countries residing at the United Nations and can’t they can’t stand the members of the EU
This woman said what she meant and meant what she said.

I am all in with Merkel! In addition, I am glad someone is listening to these Arse Holes!

Delsa on February 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Not a very diplomatic choice of words from one of our diplomats. The fact that these rank amateurs are in charge of regaining the respect we supposedly lost during the last administration is frightening. The world respected, feared and were lead by the United States when Mr. Bush was POTUS. Since the Dog Eater took the reins?? Not so much.

bimmcorp on February 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

What I want to know is if Nuland had that eyebrow raised when she said what she said. Somehow, that would have made what she said slightly more awesome.

dinahmoehumm on February 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Why the European Union Must Be Abolished

1. The EU Promotes Crime and Instability
2. The EU Weakens Europe’s Cultural Defenses
3. The EU Promotes a Bloated Bureaucracy
4. Excessive Regulation and Centralization is bad for Freedom and for Prosperity
5. The Lack of a Real Separation of Powers in the EU Invites Abuse of Power
6. The Lack of Transparency Leaves the EU Vulnerable to Hostile Infiltration
7. The EU Leads to Less Freedom of Speech
8. The EU Fails to Consult its Citizens and Insults Them When Doing So
9. The EU Undermines Political Legitimacy and Connections between Rulers and the Ruled
10. The EU Spreads a Culture of Lies and Corruption

Much more at the link.

Akzed on February 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Couple of observations:

First, diplomacy generally excludes profanity, because that means the speaker has lost control. Incompetence.

Second, this is the wages of the administration’s arrogance about their right to spy on anyone at all (including Angela, you and me). Now that the administration has been spied upon, they have nowhere to go, morally or politically.

Wikileaks might as well unload their complete archive of US diplomatic correspondence, because it is probably full of this infantile gibberish and hypocritical posturing. These are not serious people, conducting a foreign policy to protect the nation.

virgo on February 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM