April 19, 2004


Bush names Negroponte ambassador to Iraq: U.S. diplomat to U.N. would assume post after June 30 handover (The Associated Press, April  19, 2004)

President Bush on Monday named John Negroponte, the United States’ top diplomat at the United Nations, as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. [...]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar, R-Ind., supports the nomination and said he will work with Secretary of State Colin Powell to provide a prompt public hearing for Negroponte.

If confirmed by the Senate, Negroponte would head a U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that will be temporarily housed in a palace that belonged to Saddam. When up and running, the embassy will be the largest in the world. [...]

Negroponte’s nomination for the U.N. post was confirmed by the Senate in September 2001, but that confirmation didn’t come easy.

It was delayed a half-year mostly because of criticism of his record as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. In Honduras, Negroponte played a prominent role in assisting the Contras in Nicaragua in their war with the left-wing Sandinista government, which was aligned with Cuba and the Soviet Union.

For weeks before his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Negroponte was questioned by staff members on whether he had acquiesced to human rights abuses by a Honduran death squad funded and partly trained by the Central Intelligence Agency.

This is a direct slap at John Kerry and the rest of the pro-Sandinista Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2004 4:10 PM
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