NEGROPONTE RECEIVES INDICATIONS OF STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
National Intelligence Director-designate, Ambassador John Negroponte pledged to reform the Intelligence Community
even as senior Democrats urged Negroponte to assert his authority over the IC
as quickly as possible.
Leftists and human rights activists had opposed Negroponte's nomination due to his role during the Reagan administration implementing anti-communist U.S. policy in Central America that centered upon defeating Communist insurgencies in El Salvador and Honduras and overthrowing the pro-Soviet, Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. Negroponte proved to be an able field operative as well as a policy hardliner in Honduras
, well to the right of his fellow State Department colleagues.
Democrats appear to be disinclined to pursue these avenues of inquiry, perhaps in the hopes that Negroponte has the credibility in the IC and the ruthlessness to ram through Intelligence reforms over the objections of Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon bureaucracy.