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  •  What struck me as hilarious about the Nuland thing (2+ / 0-)
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    Was the lame jargon and mixed-metaphors coming from what I assume to be well-educated and worldly career diplomats, which comes off as so sophomoric that I actually felt embarrassed reading it, like I was eavesdropping on some teenagers (or salesmen) on a bus.


    Nuland: OK... one more wrinkle for you Geoff. [A click can be heard] I can't remember if I told you this, or if I only told Washington this, that when I talked to Jeff Feltman [United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs] this morning, he had a new name for the UN guy Robert Serry did I write you that this morning?

    Pyatt: Yeah I saw that.

    Nuland: OK. He's now gotten both Serry and [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-moon to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesday. So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and to have the UN help glue it and, you know, Fuck the EU.

    Pyatt: No, exactly. And I think we've got to do something to make it stick together because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude, that the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it. And again the fact that this is out there right now, I'm still trying to figure out in my mind why Yanukovych (garbled) that. In the meantime there's a Party of Regions faction meeting going on right now and I'm sure there's a lively argument going on in that group at this point. But anyway we could land jelly side up on this one if we move fast. So let me work on Klitschko and if you can just keep... we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing. The other issue is some kind of outreach to Yanukovych but we probably regroup on that tomorrow as we see how things start to fall into place.

    Nuland: So on that piece Geoff, when I wrote the note [US vice-president's national security adviser Jake] Sullivan's come back to me VFR [direct to me], saying you need [US Vice-President Joe] Biden and I said probably tomorrow for an atta-boy and to get the deets [details] to stick. So Biden's willing.

    Pyatt: OK. Great. Thanks.

    10-4 and 23 ski-do on that, got the superglue ready for those airborne torpedoes.

    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 09:58:23 AM PST

    •  I liked the nicknames they used. (2+ / 0-)
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      Yotts for Yatsenyuk. (Yotts is the guy.)
      Kleech for Klitschko.

      At one point Vickie and Geoff pass the responsibility for a difficult phone call back and forth like a hot potato. It's comical.

      Why does Geoff call for someone with an "international personality?" Isn't that the definition of his job as Ambassador?

      This is mediocrity in action.

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:31:44 AM PST

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      •  For a good time (2+ / 0-)
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        Read the entire transcript.

        BTW, Nuland is married to Robert Kagan.

        What do John McCain, Hilary Clinton and Barrack Obama have in common?

        No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

        by koNko on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:38:30 AM PST

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        •  Not sure. They have both been around and around (0+ / 0-)

          but it's a mystery what their talents are. Nuland was at the State Dept under Hilary if I remember correctly I want to say that she effed up her boss on Benghazi.

          There is no existence without doubt.

          by Mark Lippman on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:54:24 AM PST

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