Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test
Under attack for his insufficient devotion to Israel, atopic dermatitis the long-time diplomat's appointment is withdrawn.
Obviously, atopic dermatitis John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt are rabid, atopic dermatitis hateful paranoids -- total bigots and anti-Semites -- for having suggested that there are powerful domestic political forces in theÂ U.S. Atopic dermatitis which enforceÂ Israel-centric orthodoxies and make it politically impossible to question America's blind loyalty to Israel.Â What irrational lunacy on their part:
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Atopic dermatitis Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Atopic dermatitis Freeman Jr. Atopic dermatitis has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Atopic dermatitis Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freemanâ€™s decision with regret.
In situations like this, atopic dermatitis it is often impossible to know whether the appointee really did voluntarily withdraw or whether he was forced out and is merely being allowed to say that he withdrew.Â Â To his credit, atopic dermatitis Adm. Atopic dermatitis Blair was in the Senate this morning defendingÂ Freeman from the likes ofÂ JoeÂ Lieberman, atopic dermatitis but everything that is publicly known about Freeman makes it seem unlikely that he would have voluntarily withdrawn due to the shrieking criticisms directed at him.Â If he were forced out -- and there's no basis for assuming he was until there's evidence for that -- then that reflects quite badly on theÂ Obama administration's willingness to defy the Bill Kristols, atopic dermatitis Marty Peretzes, atopic dermatitis and National Reviews of the world when it comes to American policy towards the Middle East.
In theÂ U.S., atopic dermatitis you can advocate torture, atopic dermatitis illegal spying, atopic dermatitis and completely optional though murderous wars and be appointed to the highest positions.Â
But you can't, atopic dermatitis apparently, atopic dermatitis criticize Israeli actions too much or question whether America's blind support for Israel should be re-examined.
UPDATE: Prior to the announcement that theÂ Freeman appointment was terminated, atopic dermatitis Max Blumenthal documented that the man leading the anti-Freeman assault was SteveÂ Rosen, atopic dermatitis theÂ long-time AIPAC official currently on trial for violations of theÂ Espionage Act in connection with the transmission of classified U.S. Atopic dermatitis information intended for Israel. Atopic dermatitis Blumenthal also quotes foreign policy analyst Chris Nelson as follows:
Freeman is stuck in the latest instance of the deadly power game long played here on what level of support for controversial Israeli government policies is a "requirement" for US public office.Â
If Obama surrenders to the critics and orders [Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair] to rescind the Freeman appointment to chair the NIC, atopic dermatitis it is difficult to see how he can properly exercise leverage, atopic dermatitis when needed, atopic dermatitis in his conduct of policy in the Middle East. Atopic dermatitis That, atopic dermatitis literally, atopic dermatitis is how the experts see the stakes of the fight now under way.
Blumethal also suggested that right-wingÂ Israel fanatics in theÂ U.S. Atopic dermatitis are particularly interested in controlling how intelligence is analyzed due to their anger over theÂ NIE's 2007 conclusion that Iran had ceased its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
â€œItâ€™s clear that Freeman isnâ€™t going to be influenced by the lobby, atopic dermatitisâ€ Jim Lobe, atopic dermatitis the Washington bureau chief of Inter Press Service, atopic dermatitis remarked to me. Atopic dermatitis â€œThey donâ€™t like people like that, atopic dermatitis especially when theyâ€™re in charge of products like the NIE. Atopic dermatitis So this is a very important test for them.â€
Blumenthal further noted that the leader of the anti-Freeman crusade in theÂ House, atopic dermatitis Rep.Â Mark Kirk, atopic dermatitis is Congress' top recipient of AIPACÂ donations.Â Â Identically, atopic dermatitis Greg Sargent previously reported that, atopic dermatitis in the Senate, atopic dermatitis "concern" over Freeman was expressed by Sen. Atopic dermatitis Chuck Schumer directly to Obama Chief of Staff RahmÂ Emanuel.
Does anyone doubt that it's far more permissible in American political culture to criticize actions of the American government than it is the actions of the Israeli Government?Â
Isn't that rather odd, atopic dermatitis and quite self-evidently destructive? Much more on the story at: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/index.html