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Insider Report: Why U.N. Ambassador Danforth Resigned

Sunday, 19 December 2004 12:00 AM

1. Why John Danforth Resigned

When U.N. ambassador John Danforth resigned earlier this month after less than six months on the job, we wondered what had happened.

Danforth, in his resignation to the president, claimed that he wanted spend more time with his wife and family.

"Forty-seven years ago, I married the girl of my dreams, and, at this point in my life, what is most important to me is to spend more time with her," Danforth wrote to Bush. "Because you know Sally, you know my reason for going home."

Still, the explanation didn't fit.

A Washington foreign policy insider tells NewsMax that Danforth took the U.N. job on the condition that he be considered as a top candidate to replace Colin Powell if and when Powell stepped down.

President Bush nominated Condi Rice to the top diplomatic job last month.

Danforth and his supporters felt betrayed. It was the second time Danforth felt let down by Bush. He was also Bush's top choice for the vice presidential slot in the 2000 election, but Bush opted for Dick Cheney instead.



2. Negroponte Touted as Condi's No. 2

NewsMax's Stew Stogel reports from the U.N. that sources close to the White House tell NewsMax that John D. Negroponte is a top prospect to be nominated as the next deputy secretary of state.

Well-known as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Iraq war, Negroponte is now serving as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

Negroponte is a veteran career Foreign Service officer and served from the Kennedy administration until his retirement in 1997. An old Cold Warrior who was a key player in Reagan's war on communism, he was called out of retirement by an old friend, Colin Powell, to take the U.N. position.

Powell and Negroponte both worked on national security under Ronald Reagan.

"Condi knows little about diplomacy, Iraq and the U.N.," explained one U.S. diplomat in New York.

"Iraq and the U.N. will be two of the most important issues in the second Bush administration. Who knows both better than Negroponte?" he asked.



3. Curious Christmas at the White House

A NewsMax editor had the privilege of going on a special after-hours Christmas tour of the White House, and although we enjoyed this year's seasonal music and the sea of cottony decorations and all the white and gold lights, we couldn't help regretting that there was hardly any reference to the birthday boy Himself.

There was one small Christian symbol amid the secular extravaganza, an old Nativity scene that somehow annually escapes the thought police. Probably it's left in as an antique curiosity.

On the White House's Web site, the four-paragraph Christmas greeting from the president and first lady contains not one mention of the word "Christmas," a federal holiday, though a photo caption daringly refers to "the National Christmas Tree."

You know that no president would mark, say, the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by refusing to say King's name.

Now that President Bush has secured his second term, we hope that he and first lady Laura Bush will include genuine Christmas themes for the next three years and surprise those who have forced a religion of secularism on America.



4. How to Enrage Dictator Castro

Now back to Christmas. Have you seen the happy news that the U.S. government's mission in Havana has turned dictator Fidel Castro into an unsuccessful Grinch wannabe?

The angry green-clad tyrant is trying to seize the Americans' Christmas decorations.

Wire services indicate, however, that these items are as secular as those at the White House: reindeer, candy canes, etc., though they do have a bonus: the number "75" in lights to honor the dissidents jailed during the year.

Why not push Castro over the edge, or possibly help him see the Light, by including a nativity scene? If any can still be found these days.



5. Greens' Worst Enemy: Mother Nature

While in D.C. we picked up Express, a free paper cranked out by the Washington Post, and found a fascinating but little-reported item. It fingers the worst polluter in the P.C.-crazed Evergreen State of Washington.

Can you guess what is the worst polluter in that Left Coast state? It's not Boeing. It's not a paper mill. It's not any one of those awful jobs-producing industries.

The culprit is Mount St. Helens, "pumping out 50 to 250 tons of sulfur dioxide gas a day since it began erupting in October," Express confides. "At peak, that's more than double the amount from all of the state's industries combined."

We expected that any day now the envirocrats will take the volcano to court.



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