Negroponte Update, let me know if You all feel I should go into any more detail. Overall I think its pretty good for an amateur effort without real
ties into the media and research facilities.
John Dimitri Negroponte
-John D. Negroponte was born in London on July 21st, 1939.
-John is married to Diana Negroponte (Diana Mary Villiers 1976), and has five children: ---Marina, Alejandra, John, George, and Sophia.
-John graduated from Yale in 1960 with a BA
1960-1963- Hong Kong
1964-1968-Vietnam -"Mr. Vietnam" of the National Security Council
1968 1969- Member of the U.S. delegation to the Paris peace talks on Vietnam
1970-1973- Staff Member for the National Security Counsel
1973-1975-Ecuador- Counselor for Political Affairs in Quito, Ecuador
1975-1977-Greece- Consul General in Thessaloniki, Greece
1981-1985-Hondorus -Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Honduras
1985-1987- Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs
1989-Mexico-Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Mexico
1994-Phillipines-Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Philippines
1997--joined The McGraw-Hill Companies as Executive Vice-President, Global Markets
2001- September 18th, sworn in as United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President George Walker Bush
From 1960 to 1997, Negroponte was a member of the Career Foreign Service. Starting in 1960 and through 1963, Negroponte was stationed in Hong Kong
as a foreign representative, and then in 1964 went to Vietnam, where he became known as Mr. Vietnam of the National Security Council. Beginning in
1968, Negroponte became a member of the United States delegation to the Paris Peace talks on Vietnam, as one of Henry Kissingers aides. During the
period of 1970-1973, Negroponte was a staff member for the National Security Council, leaving for Ecuador in 1973, where he became a Counselor for
Political Affairs in Quito. In 1975 he became the Consul General in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Negroponte became the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary during his reign in Honduras, where he became infamous with his involvement in the
Iran Contra Scandal, and immortalized in the Baltimore Sun article stating that "hundreds of [Honduras'] citizens were kidnapped, tortured and
killed in the 1980s by a secret army unit trained and supported by the Central Intelligence Agency," curiously the same time he was Ambassador to
Honduras, but who are we to make connections
"The intelligence unit, known as Battalion 316, used shock and suffocation devices in interrogations.
Prisoners often were kept naked and, when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves. Human rights workers and officials including former
Honduran Congressman Efrain Diaz Arrivillaga pleaded with Negroponte and other U.S. officials to stop the abuses committed by the U.S. controlled
military but, Diaz told the Sun, "Their attitude was one of tolerance and silence. They needed Honduras to loan its territory more than they were
concerned about innocent people being killed."
"At the time the U.S. was engaged in a war in Nicaragua. Washington funded, organized and armed the Contras, as the surrogate force was dubbed, to
overthrow the democratically elected Sandinista government of Nicaragua. Honduras became the U.S. staging ground for the war. Military aid to Honduras
jumped from $ 3.9 million in 1980 to $ 77.4 million by 1984. In an interview with In These Times, Negroponte's predecessor as ambassador, Carter
appointee Jack Binns, tells a different story: "Negroponte would have had to be deliberately blind not to know about human rights violations. ... One
of the things a departing ambassador does is prepare a briefing book, and one of those issues we included [in our briefing book] was how to deal with
the escalation of human rights issues."
During the mid eighties, Negroponte could be located in El Salvador in 1985, and became the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Environmental
and Scientific Affairs during 1985-1987. In 1989, Negroponte was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, in Mexico, and in 1995, became the
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the Philippines.
In 1997, Negroponte joined The McGraw-Hill Companies as Executive Vice-President, Global Markets. (COULDNT FIND TOO MUCH INFORMATION HERE, LET ME
PROBE A LITTLE MORE LATER, UNLESS YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD)
On September 18th, 2001, Negroponte was sworn in as the United States Ambassador the United Nations, with George Walker Bush swearing him in.
Negroponte also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.
3/31/1999- Diana gave $1,000 George W. Bush as a Homemaker
3/31/1999- John gave $1,000 George W. Bush as an employee of McGraw Hill Companies
3/14/2000- Diana gave $500 to John McCain
9/30/2003- John gave $2,000 to George W. Bush as an Ambassador
9/30/2003- Diana gave $2,000 to George W. Bush as an employee of Fordham University
Some interesting Quotations
DIA Interview Diplomacy in the Information Age 1997
Q: Is it in our national interest to do so, that is to tax American citizens to help strengthen global civil society?
A: Negroponte: Well, I certainly think it's in our national interest.
War on Iraq
Negroponte said in a question-and-answer session that America was justified in going to war with Iraq without the U.N. resolution.
"(The resolution) did not say if we were to use force we have to go back for yet another resolution, it simply said that we would have to come back
to consult the Security Council,"
Negroponte said. "As far as we were concerned, there were more ways than one that Iraq continued to not be in compliance."
Negroponte said that although no weapons of mass destruction were ever found, Iraq had missiles that were prohibited.
"I don't have any doubt in my mind that we were justified for what we did," he said.
Negroponte said U.S. troops that are now in Afghanistan and Iraq are defending the U.S. Constitution as well as democracy all around the world.
"We believe that not only is the national security of the United States good for us, it's good for the world, because we think democracy, modeled on
our own constitution or not, is the best
guarantor of national security," Negroponte said.
July 12, 2002 "The American system of justice can be trusted to punish crimes, including war crimes or crimes against humanity, committed by an
American - and we pledge to do so. But we do not believe the International Criminal Court contains sufficient safeguards to protect our nationals, and
therefore we can never in good conscience permit Americans to become subject to its authority.
--October 1st, 2001- Yes, Resolution 1373 will impose on all of us the highest standards of vigilance, but vigilance is the price of freedom. And
freedom, the first value of the new millennium, is worth the price of vigilance and more.
---- You, too, have seen this disaster with your own eyes, and you know there is no way to prevent such a thing happening again unless we make
common cause. Justice demands that global terrorism be silenced so that the Millennium Declaration of the United Nations can be heard. Through shared
responsibility, the last of the Millennium Declaration's fundamental values, I am sure that goal will be achieved.
CTC (Counter-Terrorism Committee) Report
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