Negroponte not rough enough

January 4, 2007

NPR’s intelligence correspondent just said that John Negroponte’s problem as Director of National Intelligence was that he was “ever the diplomat,” and the job called for someone with “rougher edges.” I guess you could say it was his “diplomacy” which prompted Senator Dodd to say:

Based upon the Committee’s review of State Department and CIA documents, it would seem that Ambassador Negroponte knew far more about government perpetrated human rights abuses than he chose to share with the committee in 1989 or in Embassy contributions at the time to annual State Department Human Rights reports.

I seem to remember NPR saying that Robert Gates was the type of Secretary of Defense we need now, because he’s untainted.

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