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Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test
Under attack for his insufficient devotion to Israel, buy cheap docusate the long-time diplomat's appointment is withdrawn.
Obviously, buy cheap docusate John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt are rabid, buy cheap docusate hateful paranoids -- total bigots and anti-Semites -- for having suggested that there are powerful domestic political forces in theÂ U.S. Buy cheap docusate 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. Buy cheap docusate Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Buy cheap docusate Freeman Jr. Buy cheap docusate has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Buy cheap docusate Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freemanâ€™s decision with regret.
In situations like this, buy cheap docusate 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, buy cheap docusate Adm. Buy cheap docusate Blair was in the Senate this morning defendingÂ Freeman from the likes ofÂ JoeÂ Lieberman, buy cheap docusate but everything that is publicly known about Freeman makes it seem unlikely that he would have voluntarily withdrawn due to the shrieking criticisms directed at him.Â If he were forced out -- and there's no basis for assuming he was until there's evidence for that -- then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, buy cheap docusate Marty Peretzes, buy cheap docusate and National Reviews of the world when it comes to American policy towards the Middle East.
In theÂ U.S., buy cheap docusate you can advocate torture, buy cheap docusate illegal spying, buy cheap docusate and completely optional though murderous wars and be appointed to the highest positions.Â
But you can't, buy cheap docusate apparently, buy cheap docusate 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, buy cheap docusate Max Blumenthal documented that the man leading the anti-Freeman assault was SteveÂ Rosen, buy cheap docusate theÂ long-time AIPAC official currently on trial for violations of theÂ Espionage Act in connection with the transmission of classified U.S. Buy cheap docusate information intended for Israel. Buy cheap docusate 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, buy cheap docusate it is difficult to see how he can properly exercise leverage, buy cheap docusate when needed, buy cheap docusate in his conduct of policy in the Middle East. Buy cheap docusate That, buy cheap docusate literally, buy cheap docusate 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. Buy cheap docusate 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, buy cheap docusateâ€ Jim Lobe, buy cheap docusate the Washington bureau chief of Inter Press Service, buy cheap docusate remarked to me. Buy cheap docusate â€œThey donâ€™t like people like that, buy cheap docusate especially when theyâ€™re in charge of products like the NIE. Buy cheap docusate So this is a very important test for them.â€
Blumenthal further noted that the leader of the anti-Freeman crusade in theÂ House, buy cheap docusate Rep.Â Mark Kirk, buy cheap docusate is Congress' top recipient of AIPACÂ donations.Â Â Identically, buy cheap docusate Greg Sargent previously reported that, buy cheap docusate in the Senate, buy cheap docusate "concern" over Freeman was expressed by Sen. Buy cheap docusate 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, buy cheap docusate and quite self-evidently destructive? Much more on the story at: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/index.html