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Monday, February 10, 2014

Women U.S. diplomats exemplify worst male aggression, arrogance, extremism

Dangerous to domestic, international relations
Editing and comment by 
Carolyn Bennett

Author and journalist Finian Cunningham asks, “What is it about America’s women diplomats?” And concludes that women diplomats “seem so hard and cloned — bereft of any humanity or intelligence. … [F]ar from displaying female independence, they are pathetic copies of the worst traits in American male politicians — aggressive, arrogant and completely arrant in their views.” Cunningham’s principal examples in his Sunday article are the clearly unqualified U.S. Department of State officials Victoria Nuland and Wendy Sherman.

Social worker turned senior officer at State

U.S. Department of State Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Ruth Sherman holds the third highest-ranking position in the U.S. Department of State. Her experiential credits include working as a social worker, director of EMILY’s list (acronym for “Early Money Is Like Yeast”,   a political action committee that helps elect pro-choice Democratic Party female candidates to office), director of the State of Maryland’s office of child welfare, and founding president of the Fannie Mae Foundation. The William Jefferson Clinton government employed her as Counselor of the United States Department of State and Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State and North Korea Policy Coordinator. Well beyond her qualifications, she was, under Clinton, “instrumental in negotiations related to North Korea’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.” She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociology and urban studies, and social work from Boston and Maryland universities.

Vicious appointee turned senior officer at State

U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Jane Nuland (original family name Nudelman), a Wikipedia article recalls,  has been “one of the key figures … accused by various sources of initiating a cover up of the 2012 Benghazi (Libya) attack.

After reading the first draft of the State Department talking points that stated that the incident was a coordinated terrorist attack, she [Nuland] sent a message writing that they ‘could be abused by members of Congress to beat the State Department for not paying attention to agency warnings so why would we want to seed the Hill.’

After [Nuland’s] memo, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice was given talking points that formed the basis of her statements on [media programs] This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Meet the Press, State of the Union with Candy Crowley, and Fox News Sunday.

More recently, Victoria Jane Nuland was exposed making an “obscene reference to the European Union.” In a January 28, 2014, telephone conversation with the United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, broadcast February 6, 2014, on YouTube her “obscene reference to the European Union” and her belittling of heads of state and the United Nations “caused a diplomatic scandal.”

Appointed by three administrations, Nuland was a Foreign Service Officer, chief of staff to the Clinton government’s deputy secretary of state, then deputy director for former Soviet Union affairs. She was the George W. Bush/Richard Cheney government’s principal deputy foreign policy adviser then U.S. ambassador to NATO; then the Barack Obama government’s special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, State Department spokesperson then Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Nuland holds a Brown University undergraduate degree.

“In her previous posting as a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department,” Cunningham continued, “Nuland had the demeanor of a robotic matron with a swivel eye. Now in her new role of covertly rallying anti-government protesters in Ukraine, Nuland has emerged to sound like a bubblegum-chewing Mafia doll.” As to Sherman, he wrote, she “is another flinty-eyed female specimen of the American political class, who, like Nuland, seems to have a block of ice for a heart and a frozen Popsicle for a brain.” These women “illustrate the cold-hearted logic at work in American robotic politics: it’s a system programmed for imperialism and war, and it doesn’t matter whether the officials are Democratic, Republican, male or female; they are all clones of a war criminal state.”

Perhaps such women officials — “in the goldfish-bowl environment of Washington politics…” where “the uniform monopoly of America’s political class is dictated by militarism (weapons manufacturers, oil companies and Zionist lobbyists) … — are to be even more feared,” Cunningham concludes. “The only way to ‘succeed’ in this cesspool is to be even more aggressive and imperialist than your peers.”

Ignorance, incompetence, vulnerability

Incompetence means, as the English put it, you are not “fit for purpose.” You are not up to the job to which someone has appointed you or voters have elected you. Ignorance is either a state of genuine unknowing, you cannot help yourself; or it is arrogantly willful, you know you don’t know and just do not care, qualifications don’t count with you and your class. In any case, ignorance and incompetence together with a character lacking in moral and human sensibility weaken person and position leaving both at the mercy of pernicious manipulative forces. In high level, influential positions — whether in government or in religious, NGO, non/not-for profit industries, or private corporations — they are terribly dangerous to their country and to the world. These women (I agree with Cunningham) — together with the whole of government in federal Washington — stand exposed before the world.

I am a feminist. I believe women are and must be different and that their difference is imperative to constructive change in domestic and international affairs. In their own right, women should hold positions in whatever area, whatever position they choose. I also believe women should be clearly qualified in every way to hold those positions so that they are not vulnerable to and dangerously at the mercy of nor put others at the mercy of entrenched pernicious forces.  

Sources and notes

“Washington's cloned female warmongers” by Finian Cunningham, February 9, 2014,

Finian Cunningham

East Africa-based author, journalist, columnist on international politics for Press TV and the Strategic Culture Foundation Finian Cunningham “is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring, based on eyewitness experience working in the Persian Gulf as an editor of a business magazine and subsequently as a freelance news correspondent.”  He was “deported from Bahrain in June 2011” where he had been reporting on “systematic human rights violations by regime forces.” Native of Belfast, Ireland and former editor and writer for news outlets such as The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent, Finian Cunningham has also credits as a musician.

Nuland and Sherman biographical notes from Wikipedia


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