PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCES NOMINATION OF JOHN NEGROPONTE AS DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
As aired on Fox News Channel, President George W. Bush made an announcement of his nomination of former Ambassador John Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence and Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden as Negroponte's Deputy Assistant.
After Bush's short announcement and Negroponte's statement, Bush took questions---which one might have expected to be about this appointment. However, most of the questions were about Syria's and Iran's announcement of their alliance. Of course we already knew that Syria and Iran have long been allied in support for and export of terrorism and they both have been fueling terrorism in an effort to defeat democracy in Irac. And we already knew that the two countries have been working together in Syria's and Hezbollah's occupation of Lebanon to provide a front there against Israel.
President Bush reaffirmed the United States' support of Israel stating emphatically, "We will support Israel."
Bush also fielded questions about Social Security and firmly stated that he is looking forward to traveling a lot as he takes his message to the American people and hopes the press likes traveling, too.
The major questions raised about the new National Intelligence Director were about who would be controlling the budgets and how Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld might object to the NID controlling the military intel budget. Bush said that the NID would be controlling budgets and that the NID would not be a member of his Cabinet.
Bush also addressed the question of his upcoming trip to Europe and what he would be communicating to the Europeans by stressing the necessity of a strong United States-Europe alliance to confront terrorism and provide for mutual security needs. He also included other important areas to be addressed, i. e. the environment, hunger and disease. He stressed the importance of the conference Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the subject of democracy's advancement, particularly in the Middle East. Bush added, "I would like to see an advance in free and democratic states." On the subject of the Irac election, he referred to its success as "A remarkable achievement in the march of history."
A pre-appointment article giving more background on John Negroponte is excerpted below with link to entire article:
Feb 17, 10:02 AM EST
"Bush Nominates Negroponte As Intel Chief"
By Katherine Shrader, AP Press Writer
"WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday named John Negroponte as America's first national intelligence director, congressional sources said Thursday. It's a sudden job change for Negroponte, a career diplomat. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has been serving as U.S. ambassador in Baghdad since June....
Negroponte has also been ambassador to the Philippines, Mexico and Honduras.... nypost