Nasir on Amb Robert Ford’s Iraq past
There is a lot more there I suspect and either way, Ford’s past needs delving into, something which has not been seriously done in my mind by Western media….from the Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab al-Yawm by columnist Nicolas Nasir:
“To understand the “undiplomatic conduct” of the top United States diplomat in Damascus today, you must inevitably go back to his similar “diplomatic” role during his service in Iraq.
“…The most important incongruity, however, is embodied in the undiplomatic background of “Ambassador” Ford and it is the only reality that can explain his conduct that diverges from all familiar diplomatic norms. Previously he was the second-ranking man at the US embassy in Baghdad with the rank of “adviser for political affairs” at the peak of the Iraqi resistance against the US occupation between 2004 and 2005, and through his experience in establishing contact with leaders of the opposition, as well as leaders of the numerous religious sects and groups in the country. He contributed to outflanking the opposition from within by sparking the sectarian sedition that continued to escalate until it became a justification for increasing the number of US occupation troops under the pretext that they were needed for putting down disturbances under the leadership of the US ambassador at the time, John D. Negroponte, the veteran expert on “death squads” and quasi-mili! tary militias which were formed with the aim of wiping out leftist revolutions in Central America.
“A report published by the British newspaper The Sunday Times on 10 January 2005 under the headline: “US To Deploy El Salvador-Style Death Squads Against Extremists in Iraq,” revealed that Negroponte and his subordinate Robert Ford had supervised a Pentagon project named the “El Salvador Option in Iraq,” and that Henry Ensher, who was a deputy of Robert Ford at the time, and a young diplomat working under him named Jeffrey Beals played an important role in the team that was in charge of carrying out the project, “by talking to a number of Iraqis, some of whom were extremists” (The New Yorker, 26 March 2007). Consequently, in order to understand the “undiplomatic” conduct of the chief US diplomat in Damascus today, one must go back to his similar “diplomatic” role during his service in Iraq.”