From Iran-Contra to Iraq


Salon Staff
April 19, 2004 11:38PM (UTC)

You may remember John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and now the president's choice for U.S. ambassador to Iraq, for his role in Iran Contra, one of many figures from that affair from way back when who've found safe haven in the Bush administration.

From the AP: "Negroponte's nomination for the U.N. post was confirmed by the Senate in September 2001, but that confirmation didn't come easy. It was delayed a half-year mostly because of criticism of his record as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. In Honduras, Negroponte played a prominent role in assisting the Contras in Nicaragua in their war with the left-wing Sandinista government, which was aligned with Cuba and the Soviet Union."

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"For weeks before his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Negroponte was questioned by staff members on whether he had acquiesced to human rights abuses by a Honduran death squad funded and partly trained by the Central Intelligence Agency. Negroponte testified that he did not believe the abuses were part of a deliberate Honduran government policy. 'To this day,' he said, 'I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras.'"

Matthew Yglesias has more on Tapped.


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