Victoria Reveals a Few of Her Secrets
Victoria Reveals a Few of Her Secrets
April 11, 2014 • 8:30AM
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on European Affairs, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland revealed some of the Obama Administration’s plans for the months ahead in pushing forward its strategy of setting Eastern Europe ablaze and launching global war.
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Referring to Ukraine as “a frontline state in the struggle for freedom and all the principles the Transatlantic community holds dear,” she outlined the first three of the “four pillars” of U.S. policy on Ukraine (fellow witness Asst. Sec. of Defense Chollet Derek addressed the fourth):
“First, our bilateral and multilateral support for Ukraine; second, the costs we are imposing on Russia for its aggressive actions; third, our efforts to deescalate the crisis diplomatically; and fourth, our unwavering commitment to the security of our NATO Allies who also live on the frontlines of this crisis.”
Addressing the “first pillar,” Nuland said,
“First, we support the Ukrainian people and the transitional government in the courageous steps they are taking to restore economic health, democratic choice and internal stability and security to the country. The Rada has passed landmark anti-corruption measures, deficit reduction measures and taken very difficult steps to reform the energy sector. Many of these will be painful to the Ukrainian people, but they’re absolutely necessary, and they open the way to an IMF package of up to $18 billion in support. [Emphasis added—ed.] The United States’ own $1 billion loan guarantee will help implement these reforms and will cushion some of impact on the most vulnerable in Ukrainian society.”
After outlining the second and third pillars, Nuland projected plans for new efforts by the United States to spread its “democracy” campaign through Central and Eastern Europe:
“The Ukraine crisis highlights another deep and growing challenge in the Euro-Atlantic space. The Maidan protestors had many grievances. But one of the most galvanizing across Ukraine was the pervasive corruption that has infused every aspect of Ukraine’s society, its economy, and its politics for too long….
“We are also seeing a growing league of oligarchs and corrupt politicians who are working together, including across national lines, to protect and help each other maintain that influence, and to keep the cash flowing that feeds their preferred oligarchical system. Corruption of this kind doesn’t simply rot democracies from the inside, it also makes them vulnerable to corrupting influences from the outside of the country who seek undue economic or political influence over state policies and decision-making. In other words, in many parts of Europe, fighting corruption needs to be a higher national priority in order to protect and defend democracy and protect and defend state sovereignty. As we look to shore up security, prosperity, and the values that are so vital to our shared aspiration for a Europe whole, free, and at peace, therefore, fighting corruption must be a more central line of effort, and it will be for our Bureau going [Nuland’s State Dept. Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs—ed.] forward.”
What Nuland meant by the latter remark, is to be found in the prepared text of her speech, which she did not vocalize:
“Over the coming year, you will see our focus on this intensify in the work we do across the Balkans, and Central and Eastern Europe, in close collaboration with the with EU, to help these countries promote clean, accountable government, a lively and free civil society, and media independence and to help governments and citizens expose and root out corruption wherever it hides.”
Later, in answer to a question about bringing the nation of Georgia into NATO, Nuland gave an insight — for anyone paying attention — into the symbiosis of the EU association agreements, such as the one rejected by Ukraine which triggered the overthrow of its government, and organizing new entries to NATO:
“The Georgians are well aware that they do not have consensus in the alliance, and that they have work to do, to convince particularly our Western European allies, of their worthiness for the membership action plan. … One thing that happens very soon for Georgia, is it is on track to sign its association agreement with the European Union, which will deepen [she grinned] its relation with many of these same countries, so we’re hopeful that will have a positive impact on how they assess its worthiness from that.”
Similarly, in answering questions about Moldova, which has been widely targetted as “next,” she acknowledged that she and Sec. Kerry have visited Moldova several times in recent months.
“Our primary effort with Moldova has been to support their preparations for an association agreement signing with the European Union and the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement, because both of these will strengthen their trade and travel and links to Europe and give them more options than simply the Russian market.”
But she later stressed that she was upset that there was resistance to this plan.
Clearly this new effort of “springtime for Moldova” by Nuland and the State Department will ignore her earlier remarks about how an EU-friendly regime in Ukraine will now impose measures that “will be painful to the Ukrainian people, but they’re absolutely necessary.”