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Posted on Jan 4, 2007

Bush’s former Iraq and U.N. ambassador, John Negroponte, currently the director of national intelligence, is expected to accept a tacit demotion in order to become Condoleezza Rice’s deputy at the State Department. As if shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic, the president continues to shift a cast of familiar characters he’s come to rely on to implement his failed policies.

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Mr. Negroponte will fill a critical job that has been vacant for months, and he is expected to play a leading role in shaping policy in Iraq. But his transfer is another blow to an intelligence community that has seen little continuity at the top since the departure of George J. Tenet in 2004 as director of central intelligence.

Mr. Negroponte had been brought to the intelligence job to help restore credibility and effectiveness to agencies whose reputations were badly damaged by failures related to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and mistaken prewar assessments of Iraq’s illicit weapons. He has maintained a low public profile but provides Mr. Bush with a briefing most mornings.

President Bush has hailed the establishment of the intelligence post as an essential step in helping prevent another terrorist attack. On paper, the director of national intelligence outranks the deputy secretary of state, raising questions about why the White House would seek—and why Mr. Negroponte would agree to—the shift.

The move, expected to be announced this week, comes as the president prepares to announce a new strategy for Iraq as sectarian violence worsens there and approval ratings sag at home.

The administration has had great difficulty filling the State Department position. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has asked several people who have turned down the post, according to senior State Department officials.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 6, 2007 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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The real deal is Condi Rice is,and always has been incompetent and in over her head as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. Just like the decider she works for. One wonders what has she done for Bush or to Bush to keep her job all of these years.As incompetent as she is,she is not as ruthless and inhumane as Bush and Cheney. That’s why Negroponte is being brought in. So Condi, keep doing whatever it is you are doing, not foreign policy which you know little about, but whatever it is you do to keep your job.

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By vet240, January 4, 2007 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment
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According to the description in Wikipedia of Negroponte, he is more CIA mole that Diplomat.
For your edification.

He (Negroponte) has been criticized because of his involvement in the covert funding of the Contras, and there are allegations that he was in involved in a cover-up of human rights abuses carried out by CIA-trained operatives in Honduras, where he was the U.S. chief of mission in the 1980s. It was in Honduras that Negroponte first worked with the former executive director of the CIA, Kyle “Dusty“ Foggo. According to The New York times, Negroponte carried out “the covert strategy of the Reagan administration to crush the Sandinistas government in Nicaragua.” As we all recall Republican Reagan was President during the 80’s and Daddy Bu$h was Reagans VP.

Bush has no skill or desire to obtain skill regarding International affairs. I imagine Daddy Bush suggested this move. Daddy still has friends in high dark places.

Baby George is going to need all the help he can get to improve his legacy.

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, January 4, 2007 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment
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Negroponte has been U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Iraqi Ambassador, and head of National Intelligence—-but even before that he was, U.S. ambassador to Honduras and in the 1980s helped Reagan in his war against the Sandinistas.

Negroponte was Reagan’s point man in Honduras, Negroponte new about and covered up grotesque human rights abuses.

During that time the CIA organized, trained, and financed an army unit called Battalion 316 whose specialty was torture; hundreds of Hondurans were kidnapped, tortured, and killed—shock and suffocation devices were used during interrogations. Prisoners often were kept naked and, when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves.

What a perfect choice for Rice’s deputy at the State Department, I’m surprised Bush didn’t appoint Kissinger-—why not “exhume” the entire “rogues gallery.”

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By ediva, January 4, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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what if…
the potus camp is readying itself to drop the governing pretenses, grab what they can and split for Paraguay. Frankenstein Cheney becomes the new Footballer with NeroPonzie as veep or SS.
Happy New Year.

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By SteveS, January 4, 2007 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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Here’s another possibility:  In anticipation of many subpoenas coming from a Democratic congress, Cheney decided it was time to concentrate full time on trying to lower the quail population.  Condi takes his job, Negroponte is in position to take hers. The Decider can still avail himself of the Prince of Darkness’s advice (orders), while a hatchet man leads State and Condi is in place to run in ‘08.  Stranger things have happened.

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By Quy Tran, January 4, 2007 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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He’s very proud of himself when finding the way “in” Condi Rice’s hip but how’s about to find the way “out” of its ?

They’re all the same calibers.

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By Quy Tran, January 4, 2007 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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When do we have GWB’s replacement ?

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By Heskith, January 4, 2007 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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Here’s my theory:

He’s not really being demoted.

Condi Rice is leaving (or being forced out), and he’s being moved into position to replace her as Secretary of State.

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By DennisD, January 4, 2007 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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Please let me know when the music stops, there are no more chairs left and these clowns are out of jobs for the good of the country.

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