The Corner

The Negroponte Choice

I remain a underwhelmed, but I have gotten more positive than negative feedback from intel vets I’ve heard from. But, like my first instinct aired in these parts, there’s not any ecstasy over the choice that I’ve detected from much of anyone. Maybe that’s too high a standard for any spot, I realize…

Here’s one:

John Negroponte is a smart, effective, honorable man. He’s probably the best man our State Department has produced in a century — and I mean that

as a great compliment to him. He’s terrific.

But he isn’t the kind of DNI I would have chosen…..

There’s definitely an underwhelming enthusiasm for the DNI spot, too, anyway. It’s an impossible job. Not expecting much from anyone. It had to be superman heavyweight to garner any real optimism on the right, I think.