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America still conducts witchhunts after all these years.
Freeman withdrew himself from consideration to the post yesterday after the well organized Israeli Lobby had conducted a successful firewood search to burn Freeman at the public smear stake.
First, a couple comments from 2 U.S. senators who happen to be Jewish....
Chuckie Schumer (D-NY)
“Charles Freeman was the wrong guy for this position. His statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration. I repeatedly urged the White House to reject him, and I am glad they did the right thing.”
Joementum Lieberman (Asshole-CT)
".... Freeman is "inclined to lean against Israel or too much in favor of China."
My own sense is that this controversy is not going to go away until you (Dennis Blair) or Ambassador Freeman find a way to resolve it," Lieberman said.
The two circumcised senators say that Charles Freeman is just "way over the top", and "inclined to lean against Israel". Here's a bit of Charles Freeman's "over the top" Israel bashing....
Tragically, despite all the advantages and opportunities Israel has had over the fifty-nine years of its existence, it has failed to achieve concord and reconciliation with anyone in its region, still less to gain their admiration or affection. Instead, with each decade, Israel's behavior has deviated farther from the humane ideals of its founders and the high ethical standards of the religion that most of its inhabitants profess. Israel and the Palestinians, in particular, are caught up in an endless cycle of reprisal and retaliation that guarantees the perpetuation of conflict in which levels of mutual atrocities continue to escalate. As a result, each generation of Israelis and Palestinians has accumulated new reasons to loathe the behavior of the other, and each generation of Arabs has detested Israel with more passion than its predecessor. This is not how peace is made. Here, too, a break with the past and a change in course are clearly in order. Link
Yep....that's some really "over the top", unbalanced stuff alright.
Steven Rosen, a former director of the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) due to stand trial this April for espionage for Israel, is the leader of the campaign against Freeman’s appointment. See here and here.
It's all about the NIE's (National Intelligence Estimates). Israeli interests don't want honest evaluations from American foreign policy experts about Iran, Syria, etc........instead, they want to control the content of those NIE's to favor Israel's interests.....
As NIC director, Freeman would oversee the production of National Intelligence Estimates, the consensus judgment of all 16 intelligence agencies—essentially the official analysis of the U.S. government on global realities.
“It’s clear that Freeman isn’t going to be influenced by the lobby,” Jim Lobe, the Washington bureau chief of Inter Press Service, remarked to me. “They don’t like people like that, especially when they’re in charge of products like the NIE. So this is a very important test for them.” Link
A test that America failed and the Israeli Lobby passed.
Josh Marshall on what's acceptable and unacceptable debate topics in the Village...
The real rub, the basis of the whole controversy, however, is that [Freeman] has been far more critical of Israeli policy than is generally allowed within acceptable debate in Washington. . .
The whole effort strikes me as little more than a thuggish effort to keep the already too-constricted terms of debate over the Middle East and Israel/Palestine locked down and largely one-sided. . . . But the gist is that campaigns like this are ugly and should be resisted. Not just on general principles, but because the country needs more diversity of viewpoints on this issue right now.
Chris Nelson, of the Nelson Report, warns of the danger to the Obama administration if they give in to the Israeli Lobby and dismiss Charles Freeman (too late now)......
“If Obama surrenders to the critics and orders [Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair] to rescind the Freeman appointment to chair the NIC, it is difficult to see how he can properly exercise leverage, when needed, in his conduct of policy in the Middle East. That, literally, is how the experts see the stakes of the fight now under way.”
President Obama caved to the Israeli Lobby, choosing the interests of big mouthed Jewish screechers over the interests of the U.S.
Is Israel a strategic partner with the U.S....or....is the U.S. simply Israel's servant?