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National Intelligence / Director Nomination #780498

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 17, 2005
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(Seattle: Peter Jennings) President Bush's nomination of US Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte to be the first director of national intelligence to oversee all US intelligence operations noted.

(White House: John Cochran) Negroponte's selection after several others, including Texas A&M president Robert Gates, spurned White House overtures examined; details given of Negroponte's resume, including five ambassadorships. [BUSH - praises his service in Iraq; states he will control the money, have influence & give the intelligence briefings.] [NEGROPONTE - comments on the reform of the intelligence community for the 21st century.]

(Seattle: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The challenges of this job examined; details given about the budget bureaucracy. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says terrorists' determination to attack is unabated.] [9/11 commission member John LEHRMAN†- suggests Negroponte could save us from the next attack.] [9/11 commission member Timothy ROEMER†- calls Rumsfeld an in-fighter; notes cultural changes will make the job demanding.] [Georgetown's Robert GALLUCCI†- characterizes Negroponte as "notorious" for accomplishing a great deal.]

Jennings, Peter;
Cochran, John;
Raddatz, Martha

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