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Victoria Nuland's Father Passes Away

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's father has passed away. A look at his obituary throws some light on her background. Victoria was caught choosing Ukraine's soon-to-be leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as a top man for the anticipated new government in a recorded phone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Yatsenyuk was quickly named prime minister. He, like Victoria, is Jewish.

Victoria is a member of a powerful family that has been prominent in politics for many years. Her husband Robert Kagan (a Jew), is a powerful man in Washington, a CFR member and a co-founder with top Jewish power broker William Kristol of the Project for the New American Century, whose core members, such as Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, and John Bolton, all Jews, worked to promote regime change and military action in the Clinton and younger Bush administrations.

The PNAC's January 16, 1998 letter to President Clinton, urging him to remove Saddam Hussein from power, and the large numbers of the PNAC appointed to the George W. Bush administration, are evidence that PNAC members were instrumental before 9/11 in the decision to invade Iraq.

The PNAC came to an end in 2006, while Bush was still President.

Her brother-in-law, Frederick Kagan, Robert's younger brother, is credited with being one of the architects of the Iraq War surge plan. Frederick's wife is Kimberly Kagan, who heads the Institute for the Study of War and is influential in government military circles.

Victoria Nuland's father-in-law is Donald Kagan, a recently retired Yale professor of history. Donald was born into a Lithuanian Jewish family that immigrated to the U.S. when he was two. He has been active in promoting the world views of his sons Robert and Frederick.


The New York Times

Sherwin B. Nuland, Author of ‘How We Die,’ Is Dead at 83

By Denise Gellenmarch

March 4, 2014

Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, a surgeon and author who drew on more than 35 years in medicine and a childhood buffeted by illness in writing “How We Die,” an award-winning book that sought to dispel the notion of death with dignity and fueled a national conversation about end-of-life decisions, died on Monday at his home in Hamden, Conn. He was 83.

The cause was prostate cancer, his daughter Amelia Nuland said.

To Dr. Nuland, death was messy and frequently humiliating, and he believed that seeking the good death was pointless and an exercise in self-deception. He maintained that only an uncommon few, through a lucky confluence of circumstances, reached life’s end before the destructiveness of dying eroded their humanity.

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