14 thoughts on “Matt Lee Takes It to State Department’s Nuland Again – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Matt Lee certainly raises hackles when he asks his questions, but I’ll point out that Nuland is correct when she says that he often sails very close to pomelic.

    But I have to admit, Lee makes a very good point i.e. the USA is busy punishing UNESCO (who are only following their statute) yet refuses to punish either the Palestinians nor the Israelis for ignoring American “suggestions”.

    And, let’s face it, if neither side is paying the slightest attention to what the Americans are saying then why, exactly, is the USA still pretending that it has a role to play here?

    Both of them have given up on Obama, so he may as well stand aside and **let** the UN have a crack at this problem.

    But at the moment he is doing neither i.e. he is contributing nothing substantive, yet he is also preventing anyone else from filling that void.

      1. Excuse me for being massively unimpressed by a report in an Israeli paper that is sourced from a report in a British paper which itself does not source *any* of its information from *any* American source.

        The USA is a free and open society, so if the Congress has blocked $200million then that reporter from The Independent would be able to find *someone* in authority in America who is willing to say “Yeah, ya’ got that right buddy, $200million”.

        Either he couldn’t, or he didn’t even try, but either way he didn’t get it from the horse’s mouth.

        Until he does then I, for one, don’t believe a word of it.

  2. Poor woman.

    I can appreciate how many peace-minded Americans can be frustrated by the embarrassing performance of the Obama administration when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    I am more inclined to simply see it as an indication of the collapse of the United States from a relevant world power into a latter-day Ottoman Sick Man.

    What you have in the United States, is a massive, sluggish, inefficient and corrupt machine lurching from one bad policy to the next while wheeling out people like Ms Nuland to engage in futile acts of turd polishing while behind the scenes, everyone knows that there is NO US policy beyond what Israel – a tiny belligerent Asian state – formulates.

    It’s a humiliating end for a formerly great power, but as a non-American, I welcome the ruin of America’s international standing and I hope Bibi finishes the job.

    For those of us who are not American or Israeli, the best that we can do is attempt to manage the collapse of the United States and to survive the disasters that may result from US policy being made in Israel rather that Washington.

    I think of it as a controlled demolition.

    I know that would be sad for good men like Richard, but I really think it’s over. You just have to be thinking how to survive the fallout.

    1. I tend to agree with that analysis, though it doesn’t yet seem to have dawned on our valiant leaders that the empire is cracking. I’m one of the lucky ones who can choose any one of two dozen or more countries in which to live, and I’m certainly examining my options.

      1. I could not believe how this AP guy was laying it down! This is the same AP that brings us insipid and often biased reports from the whole world. And here’s a reporter doing what they should all be doing — demonstrating that the US hasn’t a clue, has no policy just brown-nosing legislators, and does whatever makes Jews feel good, in particular about Israel. It is horrendous and stupid and this is an objective, unbiased statement.

        1. I think it’s ok to celebrate this one small interaction. On the other hand the US has not lifted a finger for the prisoners of the two boat “flotilla” to Gaza. The IDF news says this is about security but the boats were (1) carrying letters and (2) were in international waters. So, it’s piracy on the high seas in order to stop Palestinians from, I’m guessing, getting possession of lethal letters which they can throw (launch?) across at Israeli settlements. The US/Israel blockade aims at destroying the Palestinian nation altogether and that is why these boats are stopped and held by Israel, to demonstrate to Gazans that there is no hope whatever, ala Jabotinsky.

    2. The fact that there are no politicians of moral substance and vision is just additional proof of this demise. Just yesterday I was complaining about the absence of character in top “leaders” and I actually began to say some nice things about Richard Nixon! Can you imagine? Tricky as he was, I still sensed more substance to him than anyone on the stage currently though I did not vote for him, of course. But, that’s how bad it is.

  3. RE: “If UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinian State, U.S. May Be Forced to Defund Entire UN System” ~ R.S.


    …Johnny wants a plane
    Johnny wants to suck on a Coke
    Johnny wants a woman
    Johnny wants to think of a joke
    Uh-uh-uh uh, uh, uh-uh uh-uh-uh
    Johnny’s in America
    Uh-uh-uh uh, uh, uh-uh uh-uh-uh…

    I’m afraid of Americans
    I’m afraid of the world
    I’m afraid I can’t help it
    I’m afraid I can’t
    I’m afraid of Americans
    God is an American
    God is an American
    ~ David Bowie, 1997

    David Bowie (feat Nine Inch Nails): I’m Afraid Of Americans (VIDEO, 04:24) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slKNd22GGaQ

  4. The look of pure, unadulterated hatred on Nuland’s face as Matt Lee asks his first question….is this woman supposed to be a diplomat?

    1. Did you also note her smarmy comment when beginning her press conference that they like it when the press room is empty for a briefing? This woman hates her job & hates the press covering her boss.

  5. yes shes clearly pissed right from the start. no doubt she picked up contempt for the media from her old boss dick cheney.

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