4.29.2006

A Cool Head in the Hotbed?

I don't trust John Negroponte. Period. There's alotta blood on this cat's hands, especially Central American blood. He led the militarization of Honduras and helped fund the Contras. He's intimately familiar with rightist death squads, and probably has never met a dictator he didn't like. He relieved Paul "Hot Foot" Bremer as US Ambassador in Baghdad, then was appointed to the position of Director of National Intelligence, or Uber-Spook. He's a cold-blooded and nasty man.

So I really don't know what I make of the position he's taking in the "Let's Nuke Iran" parade. Consortium News reports, in Robert Parry's "Target: Negroponte & Iran":
In a replay of the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction charade, neoconservative supporters of George W. Bush are pushing the U.S. intelligence community to take a more alarmist view about Iran’s nuclear program – only this time, the nation’s top spy John Negroponte is resisting the pressure unlike former CIA chief George Tenet . . .

In effect, the Director of National Intelligence was splashing cold water on the fevered assessment of Iran’s nuclear progress favored by the neoconservatives. Some Bush supporters are now complaining that Negroponte has shown disloyalty to the President by siding with intelligence analysts who reject the direst predictions on Iran . . .

While some observers expected Negroponte to stay a yes-man for Bush as Director of National Intelligence, others who knew Negroponte suspected that he was too smart and too proud to follow the path of Tenet, who is widely disdained inside the intelligence community for letting the analytic product be thoroughly politicized and corrupted.

Having demonstrated a measure of independence on Iran, Negroponte also is under attack for allegedly creating a bloated bureaucracy around his new office, which was established to address shortcomings exposed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks as well as the Iraq WMD intelligence failures . . .
Scary. Is there any possibility that John is just, well, you know, trying to do his job?? Stay tuned. And beware Greeks bearing gifts.

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