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April 27, 2004
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Double-Speak Alert. Code Orange
Hearings start on Bush’s choice for U.S. ambassador to Iraq
And then notice the ratcheting down of expectations that follows.
“Let’s remember this is going to be a transitional government, by definition limited in its time frame and the phrase ’caretaker government’ has been used,” John D. Negroponte told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as his confirmation hearings opened. “The implication of that term is that it’s created for a limited period of time and with a particular focus,” Negroponte said, adding that the focus will be organizing electionsFunny how we're hearing this only two months before such a move. Beats two days I guess. This is followed by understatement:
“It is visualized that the Iraqi forces will come under the command of (U.S.-led) multinational forces,” Negroponte said. “If political leadership should favor some particular strategy,” but the U.S. military decides that another strategy is better, “these are the kind of questions that (all sides) will have to deal with,” Negroponte said.Then of course, there's this: “It’s certainly going to be a lot more sovereignty than they have right now."
And this: “I want to make clear that a vital U.N. role does not come at the expense of the United States influence or interests,” Negroponte told the committee.
So that's OK then. As long as Iraqi interests are secondary, this independence thing makes perfect sense.
And somebody tell me the AP should not have included this information in the report. Some of that SCLM-bias? or just cold, hard facts:
Questions about Negroponte’s role in assisting the Nicaragua Contras, which Congress had forbidden, in their war with the socialist Sandinista government in the 1980s, had delayed his U.N. appointment by half a year in 2001. And the subject came up again Tuesday.