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Under attack for his insufficient devotion to Israel, buy sumycin cod the long-time diplomat's appointment is withdrawn.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sumycin cod but everything that is publicly known about Freeman makes it seem unlikely that he would have voluntarily withdrawn due to the shrieking criticisms directed at him.Â If he were forced out -- and there's no basis for assuming he was until there's evidence for that -- then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