Monday, April 19, 2004

White House appoints "Death Squad" Negroponte to head Iraq,

MSNBC reports Bush nominates Negroponte to head Iraq mission after Bremer.

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Negroponte’s nomination for the U.N. post was confirmed by the Senate in September 2001, but that confirmation did not come easily.

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 that was funded and partly trained by the CIA.

Negroponte testified that he did not believe the abuses were part of a deliberate Honduran government policy. “To this day,” he said, “I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras.”

“He’s a diplomat’s diplomat,” said Bernard Aronson, the State Department’s top Latin America official in the first Bush administration, when Negroponte was ambassador to Mexico.

“He’s trusted, I think, by the administration. He’s certainly very close to the secretary of state, and he’s unflappable,” Aronson said in a recent interview.

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Okay, I admit it - the guys in the White House really are as dumb as the liberals think the White House is.

I was going to admit that I was wrong about Fallujah and Najaf on the great news (MSNNC) that a breakthrough agreement (Lounsbury) had been reached and General Meyers verbally indicated that the US policy had changed from 'kill or capture' on Sadr to 'containment' (in Najaf).

However any Admin clueless enough see Negroponte appointed (Needlenose)- and I have to admit that I thought it was a kind of baseless rumor but apparently it was a genuine leak - is going to be dumb enough to go back and screw up Najaf and Fallujah. Hence, I have nothing to apologize for because they really and truly do not "get it" despite the revolt in the ranks of the generals and civilian foreign policy apparatus.

Does the Administration truly believe that the Iraqis will accept a pogrom to reinstate the ruling methods of Saddam at his most goriest? (BOP)

So we really are screwed.

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