U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Victoria Nuland talks to Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski, unseen, in Macedonia's capital Skopje, Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Gruevski last week failed to receive an invitation to join NATO because of a name dispute with neighbor Greece. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
Obama promotes Benghazi talking points editor to assistant secretary of state
10:24 AM 05/24/2013
Senior Online Editor
The woman responsible for completely removing references to terrorism from the Benghazi talking points has been nominated by President Obama to become an assistant secretary of state.
Victoria Nuland — the State Department spokeswoman who famously altered the talking points regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 attack — will become assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs if the nomination clears the Senate.
It’s a toxic nomination for the president to put forward, particularly as congressional Republicans hammer the administration for failures in readiness and response to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Nuland is a central character in those criticisms, having expressed “serious concerns” about any mention of terrorism.
Four Americans died in the terror attack, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.