February 17, 2005


Bush names Negroponte as intelligence chief (Terence Hunt, February 17, 2005, Associated Press)

President Bush on Thursday named John Negroponte, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and currently the administration's top representative in Iraq, to be America's first national intelligence director. [...]

Bush named Lt. Gen. Mike Hayden, who has served as director of the National Security Agency since March 1999, as Negroponte's deputy. He is the longest serving director of the secretive codebreaking agency and has pushed for changes, such as asking longtime agency veterans to retire and increasing reliance on technology contractors.

Discussing the authority that Negroponte will have, Bush said that ``people who control the money, people who have access to the president generally have a lot of influence. And that's why John Negroponte is going to have a lot of influence. He will set the budgets.'' [...]

Negroponte's confirmation to the United Nations post 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, he played a prominent role in assisting the Contras in Nicaragua in their war with the left-wing Sandinista government.

Only for the Left would one's role in aiding a successful insurgency against a communist regime and helping thereby to win the Cold War be considered disqualifying.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2005 4:11 PM

Could the Democrats be on the cusp of hurling their patented, all-powerful "Wedge-issue Boomerang" TM?

Posted by: Luciferous at February 17, 2005 4:26 PM

Bush should really drive them nuts and appoint Otto Reich as UN Ambassador.

Posted by: ratbert at February 17, 2005 4:27 PM

Tom Harkin likes leftwing tyrants. If he could he'd take the job himself.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at February 17, 2005 4:29 PM


I was thinking basically the same thing this morning: They oughta give Otto Reich a major post just so I can head over to The Sewer (i.e. DemocRAT Underground) and watch the fun...

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 17, 2005 5:02 PM

If the Democrats challenge Bush on the grounds that Negroponte helped get rid of the Sandinista Communists in Nicaragua, then Howard Dean is not the appropriate figure to head the DNC.

They should sign up Wile E Coyote.

Posted by: Bart at February 18, 2005 10:14 AM
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