April 22, 2005


Negroponte Sworn in as First US National Intelligence Director (Deborah Tate, 21 April 2005, VOA News)

U.S. lawmakers, concerned about intelligence lapses prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and faulty intelligence about Iraq's weapons in the run-up to the U.S.-led war in that country, created the national director position as part of a broader intelligence reform initiative.

In his new post, Mr. Negroponte will coordinate the gathering and sharing of intelligence by the nation's 15 spy agencies. [...]

Some Democrats are concerned by Ambassador Negroponte's tenure in Honduras, from 1981 to 1985, when human rights groups say he turned a blind eye to human rights abuses.

"I find it especially troubling that the Ambassador's perception of the human rights situation in Honduras differs so dramatically from that expressed by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Inter-American Court, the Honduras Human Rights Commission, and others," said Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon (D), who voted against the nominee

All that attention on a cipher like John Bolton allowed a true Cold Warrior to slip by with a free pass.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2005 11:44 AM

Too bad the additional layers of bureaucracy from the "reform" will make his appointment irrelevant.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 22, 2005 12:04 PM

aog: why not wait until that happens; goss seems to be having a good measure of success cleaning out the cia stables, maybe negroponte will also do better than expected.

i love it when the msm and dems focus on the waving hand, while the real play is going on elsewhere. suckers.

Posted by: cjm at April 22, 2005 12:08 PM


Of course intelligence is irrelevant, but a nice capstone to the career of a great patriot and a thumb in the eye for Dodd, Harkin, Kerry, Kennedy and the rest who supported the Sandinistas.

Posted by: oj at April 22, 2005 12:10 PM

Ah. Political Jape. Gotta love it.

Posted by: John Resnick at April 22, 2005 1:55 PM

Mr. Judd;

A good point. I can see why if substance doesn't matter, you might as well go for style.


It is precisely the endless layering of additional middle managers that prevents even the best and most energetic from having any actual effect down where the work gets done (or not, as the case may be).

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 22, 2005 2:07 PM

Do we all have to start caling him "Mr." Judd now?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 23, 2005 11:05 AM