Negroponte brings the Iraqi Freedom
April 14, 2004 7:09 PM   Subscribe

"Iraq will be a free, independent country, and America and the Middle East will be safer because of it." and part of this process is appointing an Ambassador. The leading candidate for this job? US ambassador to the UN and former US ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte.
posted by RobbieFal (23 comments total)

 
That's crazy. I mean, that's like appointing Kissinger to head the 9/11 commission.

Oh right.
posted by skallas at 7:26 PM on April 14, 2004


Check, please.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:29 PM on April 14, 2004


Just when I think I can't be horrified anymore, my boy GWB comes through for me. Nice link RobbieFal.
posted by stevis at 7:39 PM on April 14, 2004


So, has anyone ever seen GW and Satan Prince of Darkness in the same room? Just askin' is all.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 7:47 PM on April 14, 2004


*sigh*
posted by dejah420 at 8:20 PM on April 14, 2004


You know, I really wanted to believe those rumors a week or so ago that the leading candidate was Paul Wolfowitz - there would be such a perfect little irony to tossing Wolfowitz into that cesspool and watching him go down...
posted by JollyWanker at 8:29 PM on April 14, 2004


Not quite sure why the administration would go with Negroponte, unless the "leak" was only to test the waters and pull a bait and switch. This move really looks bad if it comes to pass. Then again, who'd really want to be the first ambassador to Iraq?
posted by loquax at 8:37 PM on April 14, 2004


On the plus side, Negroponte is a fun name to say.

Part of me is wondering if the Bushies are doing this for their own kicks to see how long it can go before the press catches up with them. Like the Kissinger thing. It was about a week or two from when they announced Kissinger for the 9/11 commission before outcry prevented it, maybe they're just thowing the worst possible person at this again to see how long it takes before they have to retract it. That's the best explanation I can come up with.
posted by graventy at 9:30 PM on April 14, 2004


meanwhile under the cover of the smoke and haze of battle in iraq - george w. bush hands sharon, the neocons and the likudniks all they ever asked for in the palestinian territories.

how many terrorists have you created today mr. president?
posted by specialk420 at 10:06 PM on April 14, 2004


good post robbiefal. here's one vote for upping your contribution index.
posted by specialk420 at 10:18 PM on April 14, 2004


Holy shit this is funny.

Don't forget to pack a gun, Sr. Negroputa.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:03 PM on April 14, 2004


Great move! And just in time to follow Daniel Pipes' suggestion:

"I therefore counsel the occupying forces quickly to leave Iraqi cities and then, when feasible, to leave Iraq as a whole. They should seek out what I have been calling for since a year ago: a democratically minded Iraqi strongman, someone who will work with the coalition forces, provide decent government, and move eventually toward a more open political system."

Perfect! Now if only there were someone willing to be that strongman... Well, the INC just gave me some intelligence that says that every politician and leader in Iraq who isn't named Chalabi is a terrorist. Guess we'll have to go with him.

Maybe Chalabi-as-strongman will provide steady leadership in times of change.
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 11:38 PM on April 14, 2004


Here is some background on Negroponte and Honduras.

I am mildly curious about when GWB and supporters will start showing some outrage over the brutality and dictatorships and "mass graves" we helped create in Central America, given their supposed outrage over conditions [we helped create] in Saddam's Iraq.

Should be any day now on....the outrage thing.
posted by fold_and_mutilate at 12:22 AM on April 15, 2004


Wow, that's brilliant! Not only he was involved with traitors to the US and local torturers of the worst kind, but he also led the latest US's efforts at the UN to bring war to Iraq.

I'm with graventy
posted by magullo at 4:34 AM on April 15, 2004


Although, expect Bush to note that while mass graves and disappearances happened in Honduras while Negroponte was ambassador, the UN didn't experience a rise in such activities while he's been the US ambassador.

Or something
posted by RobbieFal at 4:34 AM on April 15, 2004


It was about a week or two from when they announced Kissinger for the 9/11 commission before outcry prevented it

It wasn't public outcry that stopped Kissinger's appointment, it was his unwillingness to divulge his criminality, and the myriad conflicts of interest he had in his business dealings. Until recently, the Bushies never let public opinion (or the facts, or the law) stop them from doing the wrong thing.
posted by jpoulos at 6:27 AM on April 15, 2004


"Iraq will be a free, independent country, and America and the Middle East will be safer because of it." - This is like a huge New-Age experiment in the power of massed belief to shape reality : if only enough Americans are so convinced, presto! - it will be so.

Well, there's credible research into the power of the human mind to influence physical matter at a distance, but there's a basic problem anyway :

As many Americans as there are, far more Muslims have been convinced that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq is an evil enterprise.

And the mental energies of the Muslim world may be inherently stronger due to Islam's prophibition on the consumption of alcohol.
posted by troutfishing at 6:40 AM on April 15, 2004


Prophibition : (n.) - A prophetic prohibition
posted by troutfishing at 6:42 AM on April 15, 2004


"No matter how cynical you get, you can never keep up."
-Lily Tomlin
posted by Ty Webb at 8:22 AM on April 15, 2004


As many Americans as there are, far more Muslims have been convinced that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq is an evil enterprise.

and we care...how?
posted by clavdivs at 8:28 AM on April 15, 2004


and we care...how?

Jesus, clav. Stop being so obtuse. Ask the families of the 9/11 victims if they care whether we're over there making more terrorists.
posted by jpoulos at 9:29 AM on April 15, 2004


For those of us not quite with the program yet, whassup with Negroponte? I thought he was some MIT professor with radical theories about social/technology dynamics or somesuch...
posted by five fresh fish at 9:21 PM on April 15, 2004


how do you confront the words
an evil enterprise
posted by clavdivs at 12:48 PM on April 16, 2004


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