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Thursday, October 27, 2005

One of my favorite aspects of "Star Wars" was the terminology, in particular a phrase that applies so perfectly to politics & PR Spin these days it's hard to believe "Jedi Mind Trick" hasn't ALWAYS been in the lexicon

It's a tactic President Jr's Administration has become glaringly & jarringly adept at,insisting that, despite signs of complete negative reality to the contrary, such as an increasingly bleak outcome of US efforts in Iraq, "These aren't the droids you're looking for, move along."

Unfortunately, so much of the mass media responded to such blather & bs with a hearty "These aren't the droids we're looking for, move along."

That phrase so adroitly describes efforts that would otherwise still be tagged with the boring "Hypocrite" & "Hypocriticial" monikers that it's the best word turn in describing the NEW Mission of US Intelligence gathering agencies, namely ensuring the growth of "Democracies" in other countries occupies the same US self-interest as reducing & countering terrorism & disrupting the sale/transfer of WsMD to rogue regimes, groups & individuals

Now, that's a wonderful mission, pushing for the spread of political freedoms unrestrained by any thoughts of personal safety for one's own life or the lives of their families, friends & colloeagues, as putting the lives of others around the world on the same level we put ourselves here in the US could, if done seriously & sufficiently, very well do more to undercut historic grudges against past US actions than almost any other policies besides full & sincere apologies for past wrongs & outrages, such as overthrowing the democratically elected Mossadegh & replacing him with the 1953 installation of Shah Reza Pahlavi to the Peacock Throne in Iran

But "these aren't the droids you're looking for, move along," as it's Jedi Mind Trickster John Negroponte in charge of actually implementing this policy of spreading "Democracy" to undercut popular anti US rage around the globe

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Negroponte Unveils Intelligence Strategy
Director Highlights Fostering Growth of Foreign Democracies as a Top U.S. Goal

Negroponte said the strategic mission to "bolster the growth of democracy and sustain peaceful democratic states" is aimed at providing policymakers with information to alert them as to how countries are progressing toward democracy, allowing them to understand the "success or failure to achieve good governance.".....The publication also lays out 10 goals, termed "enterprise objectives," that Negroponte hopes to accomplish as a result of the restructuring and transformation of the agencies that has begun since he took over as President Bush's chief intelligence adviser six months ago. These include many steps recommended by the Sept. 11 commission and the president's intelligence commission such as sharing of intelligence between agencies and creation of uniform security practices.

As it turns out, Jedi Mind Practitioner Negroponte knows all about sharing information & intelligence between agencies & security organizations as shown by his stint as US Ambassador to Honduras during the 1980's

The previous U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Jack Binns, who was appointed by President Jimmy Carter, made numerous complaints about human rights abuses by the Honduran military and claimed he fully briefed Negroponte on the situation before leaving the post. When the Reagan administration came to power, Binns was replaced by Negroponte, who has consistently denied having knowledge of any wrongdoing. Later, the Honduras Commission on Human Rights accused Negroponte himself of human rights violations......Substantial evidence subsequently emerged to support the contention that Negroponte was aware that serious violations of human rights were carried out by the Honduran government, with the support of the CIA, if perhaps not with its direct approval......Among other evidence, Dodd cited a cable sent by Negroponte in 1985 that made it clear that Negroponte was aware of the threat of "future human rights abuses" by "secret operating cells" left over by General Alvarez after his deposition in 1984......In April 2005, as the Senate confirmation hearings for the National Intelligence post took place, hundreds of documents were released by the State Department in response to a FOIA request by the Washington Post. The documents, cables that Negroponte sent to Washington while serving as ambassador to Honduras, indicated that he played a more active role than previously known in managing the US covert war against the Sandinistas.

So Negroponte's going to push for more "Democracy" as he has in the past, with all its attendant thrills & spills experienced by those perhaps not so grateful for his version of it?

"These aren't the droids you're looking for, move along, move along."


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