Thursday, May 23, 2013

Congratulations to Victoria Nuland!

When PJ Crowley stepped aside as State Department spokesperson two years ago, Victoria Nuland assumed that post.  As such,  her words frequently occupied these pages.  Toria, as she is called, was the DOS officer who expressed her department's concerns and advice regarding the talking points issued after the 9/11/12 attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya.  She was also the person who painstakingly informed the press on a daily basis of progress of the ARB investigation and the department's cooperation with Congress and agencies  in the days, weeks, and months following those attacks.

Toria is a career Foreign Service officer.  As such, she has worked under a variety of administrations.  While serving as DOS spokesperson, she demonstrated a singular loyalty to Hillary Clinton, the kind we might expect to see from staff Hillary brought to DOS from the Senate.  Especially toward the end of  Hillary's tenure, when she was ill and working from home, Toria was the guard dog against intrusiveness from the press on personal issues of health.

So it is with a great deal of pleasure that we see Toria receive this nomination today.  She has served well all of her professional life and well deserves ascension to this post. 
Good luck in your confirmation, Toria!  We are pulling for you!

Obama nominates Nuland for assistant secretary of state

President Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria Nuland, a State Department official involved in the editing of the administration's talking points on Benghazi, to be the next assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

Nuland, a career foreign service officer who was until recently State's top spokesperson, had long been expected to be nominated the post to replace Philip Gordon, who Obama picked to serve as Middle East coordinator for the National Security Council.

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Obama picks Victoria Nuland for assistant state secretary, Douglas Lute for NATO

OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/Reuters - Former U.S. ambassador to NATO Victoria Nuland visits Skopje, Macedonia, in this April 9, 2008 file photo.

President Obama said Thursday that he plans to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary of state for Europe and retired Gen. Douglas E. Lute as ambassador to NATO.

Nuland, the former State Department spokeswoman, has been accused by Republicans of helping mislead Congress and the public about last year’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.