Bush Nominates Negroponte for Director of National Intelligence
President Bush on Thursday nominated John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as the nation’s first director of national intelligence. “The director’s responsibility is straightforward and demanding,” Bush said in his announcement. “John will make sure those whose duty it is to defend America have the information we need to make the right decisions.”
Negroponte, 65, has been the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq since June. He was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004.
Bush also announced that he had chosen Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, director of the National Security Agency, as Negroponte’s deputy.
I’ll wait until I read more about why Negroponte was chosen before forming a firm opinion. At first blush, though, this strikes me as a very odd choice. Negroponte has no background in intelligence or managing a huge bureaucracy of which I’m aware.