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bush names negraponte as iraq ambassador

what brazen cheek! a former supporter of death squads in honduras
WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) named John Negroponte, the United States' top diplomat at the United Nations (news - web sites), as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq (news - web sites) on Monday and asserted that Iraq "will be free and democratic and peaceful."

At the United Nations, Negroponte, 64, was instrumental in winning unanimous approval of a Security Council resolution that demanded Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) comply with U.N. mandates to disarm.

While the resolution helped the Bush administration make its case for invading Iraq, the Security Council eventually refused to endorse the overthrow of Saddam, opting instead to extend U.N. weapons searches.

"John Negroponte is a man of enormous experience and skill" and "has done a really good job of speaking for the United States to the world about our intentions to spread freedom and peace," said Bush.

Regarding Negroponte's new post, the president said there is "no doubt in my mind he can handle it, no doubt in my mind he will do a very good job, and there's no doubt in my mind that Iraq will be free and democratic and peaceful."

In a statement issued at the United Nations, Negroponte said he expects his current assignment to have been a major help to his work in Baghdad because of the efforts of the Bush administration to work closely with other countries to further peace and stability in Iraq.

"I expect the focus of our efforts to be on supporting a free and stable Iraq, at peace with its neighbors. Collaboration with the international community, especially the United Nations, will be a very important part of this endeavor," Negroponte said in a statement.

"I believe my work with Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) and Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi since 2001, as well as with other colleagues at the United Nations, has been very useful preparation in this regard." Annan sent Brahimi to Iraq to help in the transfer of control from the United States to Iraqis.

Negroponte's selection was widely praised.

"I respect him as a professional and he's quite an experienced diplomat," said Russia's acting U.N. ambassador, Gennady Gatilov. "So I hope that this appointment will serve the interest of the Iraqi population."

Germany's U.N. ambassador, Gunter Pleuger, the current Security Council president, said, "I think he is certainly the right person for this very difficult and also dangerous job."

Algeria's U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Baali, the only Arab member of the Security Council, said Negroponte "has a great quality, which is to listen to other people, and I think that will help him a lot in his very, very difficult mission in Iraq." in Baghdad that will be temporarily housed in a palace that belonged to Saddam. When up and running, the embassy will be the largest in the world.

Negroponte would become ambassador in Baghdad when the United States hands over political power to an interim Iraqi government by a June 30 deadline. The current top U.S. official in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, is expected to leave the country once the political transition is completed.

Thousands of U.S. troops will remain in the country even after the political transition is complete.

As U.N. ambassador in New York, Negroponte also helped win approval of a resolution to expand the mandate of an international security force in Afghanistan (news - web sites) after the overthrow of the Taliban government.

Before that, he worked in private business.

Negroponte's nomination for the U.N. post was confirmed by the Senate in September 2001, but that confirmation didn't come easy.

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 funded and partly trained by the Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites).

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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HEADLINE ERROR: it's spelled N_e_g_r_o_p_o_n_t_e. 19.Apr.2004 19:44

(not "negraponte")

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Negroponte walks out of UN debate on Iraq

John Negroponte, the US ambassador, left the Security Council chamber while Mohammed al-Douri, his Iraqi counterpart, was winding up his speech condemning US aggression against Iraq. Would he do the same if confronted about his sponsorship of death squad Battalion 3-16 which terrorized the Nicaraguan countryside?

here's a picture of the guy 19.Apr.2004 21:26


here is a picture of negroponte. knowing this guy's resume, it is not surprising in the least that george w. bush is installing him in iraq. what a joke! bush should just be flat out prohibited from uttering the words iraq, freedom, and democracy in the same paragraph.

Negroponte as Imperial governor of Iraq? 20.Apr.2004 12:14

Archbishop Romero

Negroponte as Imperial Governor of Iraq? Cue Death Squads...

Negroponte, a torturer's friend 20.Apr.2004 12:31


An article:


I heard on BBC radio last night a commentator say this is really a victory for Colin Powell, in the sense that a "diplomat" from the UN is being picked as supreme commander, rather than a Pentagon person. That's bullshit though. As another commentator pointed out, Negroponte wouldn't even have been approved as UN ambassador if 9/11 hadn't happened--the democrats were delaying his approval for as long as possible, and it might not have gone through.

Negroponte's most recent judgment of error was claiming that the separatist group ETA was responsible for the terror attacks in Spain, and that there was no evidence to the contrary. The surprising thing about that was it was after an al-Qaeda linked group e-mailed a London paper claiming responsibility.

Strange, huh?

Bush rearranges deck chairs on the Titanic 05.Jan.2007 09:18

Carl Reynolds

Friday, Jan. 5, 2007
Why do we not hear the cliche' " rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" in reference to Bush's floundering "restructuring" of Iraq strategy? Rumsfeld is gone, but even though Negroponte is no longer intelligence Czar, he lingers as assistant to Rice at the State Dept. The numerous changes among the generals, replacing those who apparently don't love the "surge" plan, are more gestures to stop the listing of the ship of state. The month of post-election delay by Bush, while a couple of dozen soldiers and thousands of Iraqis die, has not gotten nearly enough questioning by the mainstream press corps. This appears to validate the opinions that our best chances for pertinant and accurate info is on the alternate media, the internet, etc.

 link to www.quixote-quest.org