John Negroponte, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and current National Director of Intelligence nominee, asked UN member states to reconsider providing
more help to the new government of Iraq, including the training of new Iraqi security forces. Stating that the January 30th Iraqi elections were a
turning point in Iraq's history, he urged member states "to take another look at what [they] can do to be helpful to Iraq at this critical time in
its political development."
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - John Negroponte, just nominated as the first U.S. intelligence chief, asked U.N. members on Friday to "take another look"
at what they could do to help Iraq, including training the military.
Negroponte, who was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for nearly three years before his current post as the top U.S. envoy in Iraq, paid a
courtesy call on Secretary-General Kofi Annan as well as ambassadors from key nations.
He was nominated by President Bush on Thursday as the new director of national intelligence to oversee 15 U.S. spy agencies after spending 10 months
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UN member states, especially those of Western Europe, should do more to help the fledgling democracy in Iraq. Despite differences with the U.S. over
the invasion that created the new Iraqi government, Iraq is now a free independent democratic state. If the French and Germans abandon Iraq now it
will be a great travesty and a stark contrast to their supposed love of democracy and human rights.
I agree with this policy. France and Germany should do something to help the new Iraq, even though, or perhaps, especially as, they didn't have the
decency to help liberate the Iraqis. Maybe France will be willing to consider business interests now that there's a little less lead in the air.
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