George Bush’s brain is apparently so small that he can only remember the names of a few dozen individuals. Don’t know how else you can explain why he keeps recycling the same few folks over and over again whenever a new position becomes open in his administration. Oh wait, yes I can, his insane demand for secrecy and loyalty.
So Bush has announced his nominee for the new National Intelligence Director position: John Negroponte. Before this, Negroponte was Bush’s ambassador to Iraq. And before that, he was Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations.
And before that, he was Regan’s ambassador to Honduras, whitewashing that nation’s hideous human rights record.
Actually, let’s do something about that faceless term “human rights”. In the 1980s, members of the Honduran government, police, or military could, upon a whim, kidnap, imprison, torture, and murder the citizens of Honduras. This treatment was usually reserved for “subversives” (i.e. people who thought that the government shouldn’t kidnap, imprison, torture and murder), but being a “suspected subversive” was enough. And “suspected subversive” just meant “hey you, get over here.”
Of course, Negroponte denies that this was going on (2001: “To this day, I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras.”), but I think that this article from the Baltimore Sun is damning evidence that these things happened, and that Negroponte most certainly knew about it.
And Negroponte wasn’t covering up for the Honduran government because they were pals. He did so because Honduras was aiding the US’ bloody proxy war in Nicaragua. In other words, Negroponte whitewashed the actions of one set of death squads to maintain the operations of another set of death squads. Does anyone fit the description of Ward Churchill’s “little technocrat Eichmanns” better than this guy?
So this guy is now in charge of all American intelligence. Lovely.
And how did the “opposition” party, the Democrats, react to this nomination? By making me vomit.
Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:
“He (Negroponte) brings to his job experience as a consumer of intelligence.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller:
“I think that Ambassador Negroponte is a very sound choice. Ambassador Negroponte has served bravely and with distinction in Iraq and at the United Nations during a time of turmoil and uncertainty. He brings a record of proven leadership and strong management.”
Rep. Jane Harman:
“John Negroponte is a smart choice for a very important job. He’s a seasoned and skilled diplomat, who has served with distinction at the United Nations and in Iraq — and he has the full confidence of the president.”
I have no snappy conclusion for this.
[title stolen from “SWR” over at Steve Gilliard’s blog]
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