Keep Your Eyes on John Negroponte

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Memo To: Sen. Jay Rockefeller [D WV], Senate Intelligence
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: Don’t Trust Him

we watched the Senate Foreign Relations Committee run through its
interview with John Bolton, President Bush’s totally unqualified
nominee to be UN Ambassador, a man who is only capable of causing
trouble. It does look like the Republican Senators will abrogate
their responsibility to give advise and consent in what the Constitution
believed would be an honest effort on the part of the Legislative

Today, I watched the Senate Intelligence Committee go through the
motions of interviewing John Negroponte, who President Bush has
nominated to be the first real “intelligence czar.”
I gather from the hearings that you think Negroponte is not a bad
choice for the position and will vote for his confirmation. But
I think you will be making a mistake. Negroponte appears to be a
man separate and apart from the Perle Cabal that orchestrated the
war with Iraq via his neo-con control of Vice President Cheney.
But Negroponte could never have climbed up the bureaucratic ranks
at the State Department to become U.N. Ambassador, then U.S. Ambassador
to Baghdad, and now the fellow into whose eyes and ears will flow
all the deep, dark secrets of the massive intelligence network in
the U.S. government. The power that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
had in his day was trivial compared to the power Negroponte will
have to guide him in the direction that the Perle Cabal desires.
Mr. Bush will be putty in his hands.

Now there have been Democrats raising questions about Negroponte’s
behavior as Ambassador to Honduras when the Cold War was still raging.

a memo I wrote
to Senator Biden recently, I suggested the Senate
forget whatever he did in the Reagan years when we were still wrapping
up the Cold War. There have also been questions raised about his
effectiveness as Ambassador to Baghdad, as the situation in Iraq
got progressively worse — as he worked with the interim government
to win the minds and hearts of the occupied Iraqis by destroying
the city of Fallujah.

Senator, I hope you don’t think it was Negroponte’s
decision to bomb the bejesus out of the town to “teach Iraqis
a lesson” in how they should be occupied. Of course not. He
took his orders from the Cabal in Washington, with Paul Wolfowitz
telling him “bombs away,” after checking with Richard
Perle, the mastermind in the Cabal. Negroponte then rang up interim
Prime Minister Allawi and gave him his orders. Everyone in Iraq
knows what happened, which is why Allawi didn’t get any votes
in the elections and will soon be out of business. Okay, okay. There
was a little blood spilled in Fallujah. But I would forgive Negroponte
even for that. There was no intelligence failure. Perle wanted blood
to be spilled, and he had the backing of the President, Vice President,
Defense Secretary, down the line.

My gripe about Negroponte, which nobody seems to have brought up,
is that he was our Ambassador to the United Nations during those
many months when the U.N. was passing UNSCR #1441 and then executing
it successfully. That is, the Security Council empowered Hans Blix,
UNMOVIC’s director, to send inspectors into Iraq and look
into every nook and cranny for chemical and biological weapons of
mass destruction. It also empowered Mohammed al-Baradei, director
of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to look into every nook
and cranny and interrogate all of Saddam’s scientists he could
lay his hands on to see if there was any trace of a reconstituted
nuclear weapons program. Negroponte was right there from one day
to the next, learning everything the other suspicious members of
the Security Council were learning. He could see with his own eyes
and ears everything the French, the Russians, the Germans, the Chinese
could see, far more than I could see by watching as much as was
made available on television.

In other words, if he couldn’t see that UNMOVIC and the IAEA
had successfully completed their jobs, that there were no WMD, and
Iraq was no threat to anyone, then he was a true member of the Perle
conspiracy to go to war for reasons having nothing to do with WMD
and Saddam Hussein’s threats to the region. The only other
alternative is that where everyone else could see that Saddam had
done everything asked of him, Negroponte was too dense to understand
what was going on. Either way, I urge you Senator Rockefeller, as
the ranking Democrat at Senate Intelligence, to keep an eye on him
from your position in the Intelligence Committee. Senator Pat Roberts,
chairman of the Committee, will of course do no such thing, as he
has already abrogated his Constitutional responsibilities by rolling
over and playing dead for the Executive Branch. He has promised
you for two years that he will have hearings to find out how the
Intelligence Community was manipulated to produce this god-awful
war, but of course will never be able to do so. It would look too
ugly. At least don’t hold your breath. If Senate Democrats
roll over and play dead, maybe we will all wind up in that position
sooner than we ever expected.

14, 2005

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