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Despite having played key diplomatic roles during the Vietnam War, the
Iran-Contra scandal, the creation of NAFTA and the Anglo-American invasion of
Iraq, very little is known about John Negroponte, the man who will be the “de
facto governor-general of Iraq.”
John Dimitri Negroponte (above), U.S. ambassador
to the United Nations, will become ambassador to Iraq on June 30. Negroponte, a
controversial figure who has served 37 years in the foreign service, will
replace Presidential Envoy to Iraq L. Paul Bremer as the administration’s point
man in Baghdad.
“He’ll hold the title of ambassador, but he’s
really being appointed de facto governor-general of Iraq because the
U.S. is going to retain a lot of authority,” Ted Galen Carpenter of the
Washington-based Cato Institute said about Negroponte’s appointment.
Negroponte, who was hastily confirmed as U.S.
ambassador to the UN one week after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was recently
rushed through another confirmation process to become U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
On April 19, President George W. Bush nominated Negroponte to head the massive
U.S. mission in Baghdad with some 3,000 employees. On May 6 he was confirmed by
a vote of 95 to 3 in the Senate.
Colin Powell, secretary of state, is a member of
the controversial Council on Foreign Relations, as is Deputy Secretary of
Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Sen.
Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said there “is no better candidate to represent the
United States in Iraq than Ambassador Negroponte,” according to Voice of
“He understands the gravity of the situation and
its complexity,” Lugar said. “He does not have a doctrinaire point of view, but
clearly recognizes the political realities in Iraq, in this country, and in our
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) was among the three
voices in the Senate who opposed Negroponte because of the controversy
surrounding his actions in Honduras where he served as ambassador from 1981to
“Mr. Negroponte showed a callous disregard for
human rights abuses throughout his tenure as U.S. ambassador to Honduras,” said
In light of the damage done to its credibility in
the Middle East as a result of the torture and abuse of Iraqi detainees, Harkin
said the United States cannot afford to have an ambassador with a questionable
human rights record.
The Washington-based Council on Hemispheric
Affairs (COHA) has followed Negroponte’s record in Honduras and called him an
“arch authoritarian” with “profound moral derelictions” in a press release
issued during the recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation
“As a would-be harbinger of democracy to Iraq, it
would be little more than a cruel joke to pretend that [Negroponte] had a bone
of democratic rectitude to him,” COHA wrote.
“Our hostility and criticism is centered on his
record in Honduras,” Larry Birns, director of COHA, told American Free Press.
Negroponte is an “authoritarian personality,” Birns said, who “tenaciously
works for the administration of the day unburdened by any lasting principles.”
Asked about Negroponte’s flaws, Birns said: “He
lied and deceived Congress saying he knew nothing about the death squads.”
“The central fact to the Negroponte story is that
he misled Congress . . . about his complicity in helping to cover up his
knowledge and direct personal involvement in the training, equipping and
distracting attention from the heinous acts of Battalion 316, the Honduran
death squad, which at the time of Negroponte’s residence in Honduras was
responsible for the murder of almost 200 Honduran dissidents.”
In 1995, The Baltimore Sun published an
extensive investigation of U.S. activities in Honduras during the period
Negroponte served as ambassador. The paper’s investigation found that the CIA
and U.S. embassy knew of the abuses but continued to support Battalion 316 and
ensured the embassy’s annual human rights report did not reveal the truth.
Despite his “sordid human rights record,” Negroponte’s
appointment to serve as U.S. ambassador to the UN was hastily confirmed in the
immediate aftermath of the attacks of 9-11 without the “withering
cross-examination” he would have otherwise faced.
Negroponte played a key role in getting the
leaders of Mexico and Chile to fire their respective ambassadors to the UN
because they opposed Negroponte’s position on Iraq, according to COHA.
During the run-up to the Anglo-American invasion
of Iraq, Negroponte accused Iraq of violating UN resolutions by obtaining
weapons of mass destruction. Despite the fact that Negroponte conspired in an
illegal invasion, a crime under international law, and that no evidence of
banned weapons has been found in Iraq to validate Negroponte’s allegations,
Secretary General Kofi Annan said: “He’s an outstanding professional, a great
diplomat and a wonderful ambassador.”
Negroponte became “a great diplomat” in the same
way that Annan became a key globalist diplomat: through marriage. While Annan
is married to a Swedish woman from the wealthy and powerful Wallenberg family,
Negroponte is connected to Britain’s royal family and British intelligence
through his wife, Diana Villiers.
Negroponte was born in London in 1939, the son of
a Greek shipping magnate. His family moved to New York, and like many key
members of the Bush administration, Negroponte attended Yale University.
After graduating from Yale in 1960, Negroponte
joined the foreign service and became vice consul in Hong Kong from 1961 to
From 1964 to 1968, during the height of the war in
Vietnam, Negroponte was political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. He was
a member of the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam (1968-69)
and served on the National Security Council under Henry Kissinger as
officer-in-charge for Vietnam from 1971 to 1973.
NEGROPONTE’S BRITISH CONNECTION
Among the thousands of news articles written about
Negroponte, not one mentions his “blue-blooded” British wife. Like George W.
Bush, Mrs. Villiers is related to Britain’s royal family. Mrs. Villiers,
related to Queen Elizabeth, is the daughter of Lt. Col. Sir Charles Villiers
and his second wife, the Countess Marie Josť de la Barre d’Erquelinnes.
In 1985, Sir Charles Villiers, a high-ranking
British Special Operations Executive veteran, founded an elitist transatlantic
group known as the British American Project for the Successor Generation (BAP)
with Lewis van Dusen, former U.S. representative at NATO. Villiers, who died in
1992, had been an “old Etonian banker” and former chairman of the British Steel
Villiers arranged with Robert Smith, the head of
the Pew Memorial Trust, to fund the BAP. The School of Advanced International
Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University administers the U.S. side, while the
Rothschild-funded Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) at Chatham
House, London, manages the British side.
The RIIA is Britain’s sister organization to the
CFR. Both the CFR and RIIA were formally established in Paris on March 19,
1919, during the Paris Peace Conference. Edward Mandell House, advisor to
President Woodrow Wilson, hosted the meeting.
“The agenda is corporate, the ideology is
capitalist,” Tony Gosling, a British expert on the elite Bilderberg group, says
about BAP, which he calls “a CIA sponsored self selecting group who pretend to
‘define’ the transatlantic relationship.”
Like Bilderberg, BAP brings together 24 American
and 24 British delegates every year for four days of dinners, parties and
discussions. Delegates are nominated by existing fellows. Journalist John
Pilger, a critic of BAP, says the organization is a kind of right-wing “casual
Negroponte’s British wife carries on in her
father’s footsteps. Educated at the London School of Economics & Political
Science, she works as a trade lawyer in Washington, and serves on the board of
trustees of Freedom House, an organization headed by neo-conservative R. James
Woolsey, former director of central intelligence and a strong supporter of
As ambassador to Mexico from 1989 to 1993,
Negroponte shepherded the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to its