Thursday, February 17, 2005

Looking Forward To the Senate Confirmation of Defense Secretary General Gustavo Alvarez Martinez 

New York Times:
President Bush nominated John D. Negroponte as the first director of national intelligence today, a post intended to take charge of American intelligence agencies at a crucial juncture as they try to recover from embarrassing missteps on Iraq and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

After a prolonged search in which several others turned down the job, Mr. Bush turned to Mr. Negroponte, a career foreign service officer who served in the president's first term as ambassador to the United Nations and to Iraq and whose decades of diplomatic experience have left him intimately familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of American intelligence agencies.

He was confirmed by the Senate for the earlier jobs by large margins, in 2001 and 2004, despite questions about his performance two decades ago as ambassador to Honduras, where critics said he had turned a blind eye to human rights abuses.

And that's it. You can stop reading there, because Jehl and Bumiller do not feel like elaborating. Instead, we hear the fascinating story of how Mr. Negroponte is universally beloved by all and very experienced and quite pleased, and oh, what a pleasant surprise this was. Ha ha ha, tra la la.

Choire Sicha, guest-Wonketting, has the best take.

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