posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 07:57 PM
I'll admit I watched the confirmation hearings of John Dimitri Negroponte with skepticism, mainly from being yet another Yale alumnus (skull &
bones?), shady periods as aide to Kissinger, and his questionable service as ambassador to Honduras, having had close ties with Battalion 316 leader
General Gustavo Alverez Martinez, therefore providing covert support to the Contras that targetted Sandinistas in Nicaragua, and then his denial that
CIA-trained operatives had committed any such abuses. Precursors leading up to the breaking of the Iran-Contra mess.
However I was impressed with the other areas of his 40+ years of service as ambassador to Mexico, Philippines among many many others, his fluency in 5
languages, and his ability to pass eight thorough background checks, a feat most senators would fail. He also strikes me as more of a thinking man and
not that evasive, rather than a 'yes' man as we have in Porter Goss. I don't see him backing down from Rumsfeld when DOD/Intelligence budget
procurements get decided. So despite a few skeletons, he gets my thumbs up. One of the better choices by this administration IMO.
[edit on 21-4-2005 by Vajrayana]