February 18, 2005

THEY'LL NEVER RECOVER FROM THE SANDANISTAS, HUH?

Negroponte Selected As Intelligence Chief (KATHERINE SHRADER, 2/17/05, Associated Press)

Critics suspected he played a key role in carrying out the Reagan administration's covert strategy to crush the left-wing Sandinista government in Nicaragua - an element of the Iran-Contra scandal. [...]

Said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California: ``As one who has disagreed with Ambassador Negroponte for over 20 years ... I am pleased that he is now in a position that doesn't have anything to do with policy.''


Imagine having your party led by someone who doesn't think control of the intelligence services gives you influence over policy? Have Democrats been out of power so long they forget how it works?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

I am still waiting for somebody to explain Iran-Contra Scam.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 18, 2005 2:40 AM

The Boland Amendment?

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford, Ct. at February 18, 2005 7:02 AM

It's funny that she thinks his influence over policy was immense and pernicious as Ambassador to Honduras, but insignificant as National Intelligence Director and advisor to the President.

One might infer that she doesn't much care about national security, but cared a great deal for the Sandanistas.

Or perhaps it's just putting lipstick on a pig for the Democratic laity.

Posted by: pj at February 18, 2005 8:10 AM

"slam dunk"

Posted by: Palmcroft at February 18, 2005 8:29 AM

" Imagine having your party led by someone who doesn't think control of the intelligence services gives you influence over policy?"

My understanding of the political situation is that Negroponte's new position is largely ceremonial, since the authority of the Intelligence Director was gutted out of the relevant bill by the Defense Dept. As an advisor to the President one might presume he will wield some small degree of influence, but the position itself is useless.

"It's funny that she thinks his influence over policy was immense and pernicious as Ambassador to Honduras..."

He was the point man for Reagan Administration policy there, and nothing more. As such, when the right-wing death squads slaughtered hundreds of civilians, including more than a hundred children, it was his job to help cover it up. And that's why "the Left" has its dander up over him. As for whether the long-term benefits of supporting right-wing death squads outweigh their crimes, your mileage obviously varies. I believe OJ had a good term for this sort of thing yesterday - "moral nullity."

Posted by: M. Bulger at February 18, 2005 9:18 AM

The Democrats can't get it up to oppose Negroponte, a man who had the temerity to organize the resistance to Communist Sandinista tyranny, and they expect to fight the President on judgeships?

Viagra won't help them.

Posted by: Bart at February 18, 2005 9:19 AM

The Democrats can't get it up to oppose Negroponte, a man who had the temerity to organize the resistance to Communist Sandinista tyranny, and they expect to fight the President on judgeships?

Viagra won't help them.

Posted by: Bart at February 18, 2005 9:19 AM

When Pelosi made this statement, she looked like she was wearing a death mask. Do the Democrats really want someone on TV who is auditioning for "Sunset Boulevard"?

Negroponte's position will be, as noted by Fred, Juan, and Charles on FOX last night, both unnecessary and very important. He will be the trend-setter in the office.

Posted by: ratbert at February 18, 2005 10:00 AM

M:

I know your side regrets it, but we won in Honduras too.

Posted by: oj at February 18, 2005 12:28 PM

Democrats have been out of their minds so long that they've forgotten what minds are for.

Negroponte will again be in the forefront of defeating left-wing death squads.

Posted by: Noel at February 19, 2005 12:05 AM

M: That's the spin we've been seeing, but it's completely wrong. Negroponte is going to take over the President's daily intelligence briefings from CIA. In Washington, daily meetings with the President is power.

Posted by: David Cohen at February 19, 2005 9:17 AM

"My" side? Once upon a time, perhaps, but I do recognize which "side" won, and that in the long term it's good that they did.

On the other hand, it's interesting to see how fungible the "Culture of Life" really is. Dead children can be a good thing, so long as the right side killed them.

Is it not possible to support the right wing and, at some point, recognize their considerable crimes at the same time?

Posted by: M. Bulger at February 21, 2005 9:20 AM

M:

Yes, the end can always justify the means. The end of abortion is just dead children.

Posted by: oj at February 21, 2005 9:28 AM
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