The dubious credentials of US ambassador to damascus, robert ford-Death Squads in Syria? http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-dubious-credentials-of-us-ambassador-to-damascus-robert-ford/
Since his arrival in Damascus in late Jan 2011, Ford played a central role in laying the groundwork as well as establishing contacts with opposition groups. A functioning US embassy in Damascus was seen as a precondition for carrying out a process of political destabilization leading to “regime change”. Ford is no ordinary diplomat. He was US representative in Jan 2004 to the Shi’ite city of Najaf in Iraq. Najaf was the stronghold of the Mahdi army. A few months later he was appointed “Number Two Man” (Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs) at the US embassy in Baghdad at the outset of Negroponte’s tenure as US Ambassador to Iraq (Jun 2004-Apr 2005).
Ford subsequently served under Negroponte’s successor Zalmay Khalilzad prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Algeria in 2006. Negroponte’s mandate as US ambassador to Iraq (together with Ford) was to coordinate out of the US embassy, the covert support to death squads and paramilitary groups in Iraq with a view to fomenting sectarian violence and weakening the resistance movement. Ford as “Number Two” (Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs) at the US Embassy played a central role in this endeavor.
To understand Robert Ford’s mandate in both Baghdad and subsequently in Damascus, it is important to reflect briefly on the history of US covert operations and the central role played by John Negroponte. Negroponte had served as US ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. As Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, he played a key role in supporting and supervising the Nicaraguan Contra mercenaries who were based in Honduras. The cross border Contra attacks into Nicaragua claimed some 50,000 civilian lives. During the same period, Negroponte was instrumental in setting up the Honduran military death squads, “operating with Washington support’s, [they] assassinated hundreds of opponents of the US-backed regime.”
[ALSO SEE....US AMBASSADOR FORD IS A ZIONIST NEOCON WICH PROMOTED ALGERIA TORTURE STATE http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2011/07/tens-of-thousands-protest-u.html