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Chas Freeman -- Obama's Man at the National Intelligence Council, Almost - Obama Corruption Eruptions - Part 8





By Gary Starr For The Neville Awards
Posted March 12, 2009



Chas Freeman, we hardly knew ye!. Actually, we knew Obama's Jew-bashing, Israel-Hating, Saudi/Iran/China-loving nominee for the National Intelligence Council very well. And it speaks volumes....about Obama.

Chas Freeman was the guy who felt that the Chinese Communists didn't act fast enough when putting down the pro-democracy demonstration at Tiananmen Square.

Even Marty Peretz, the editor-in-chief of the leftist New Republic, who spent a year trying to calm fears among American Jews that Obama wouldn't sell out Israel got his undies in a bundle over this guy.

Peretz writes:

But Freemanís real offense (and the presidentís if he were to appoint him) is that he has questioned the loyalty and patriotism of not only Zionists and other friends of Israel, the great swath of American Jews and their Christian countrymen, who believed that the protection of Zion is at the core of our religious and secular history, from the Pilgrim fathers through Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. And how has he offended this tradition? By publishing and peddling the unabridged John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, with panegyric and hysteria.

If Freeman believes that this book is the truth he canít be trusted by anyone, least of all Barack Obama. I canít believe that Obama wants to appoint someone who is quintessentially an insult to the patriotism of some many of his supporters, me included.


Writes Frank Gaffney at the Washington Times on March 3, 2009:

Mr. Freeman has viewed the Middle East through the prism of one of Foggy Bottom's most successful Arabists. He justifies Arab enmity towards us on the grounds that we are associated with Israel. He decries the liberation of Iraq for having "catalyzed anarchy, sectarian violence, terrorism, and civil war in that country." He makes excuses for "democratically elected" Hamas and urges its embrace by the United States.

Worse yet, through his organization, the Middle East Policy Council, he has been a paid shill for Saudi Arabia - from whence millions of dollars have flowed to pay for Mr. Freeman's excuse-making for the Saudis. Mr. Freeman has also served on the board of the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), a notorious state-owned arm of Chinese colonialism in Africa and Asia - a vantage point from which he could and did flak for Communist China.

Then, as is made clear in a paper by Clare Lopez about what Tehran calls "the Iran Lobby" in America released by the Center for Security Policy last week (http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/p17907.xml), Mr. Freeman has been a frequent apologist for Iran, as well. Like others who make up that "lobby," Mr. Freeman has repeatedly and in numerous forums parroted the mullahs' party line, insisting that the United States must engage diplomatically with Iran, not attack it.

It strains credulity that a man with such pronounced - and anti-American - policy views can serve effectively, let alone objectively, as the arbiter of National Intelligence Estimates. Perhaps they are not really his views and that he was simply what amounted to a paid lobbyist for deeply problematic causes and countries. The evidence suggests that he is what he appears to be: an aggressive partisan in the service of many of America's most dangerous actual or potential adversaries.


This was the guy who would have been writing Obama's National Intelligence Estimates had he not withdrawn his own name from consideration for the position after the hue and cry on both the right and the left.

This aborted nomination by Obama does not surprise us given Obama's past leftist and Muslim associations. This doesn't mean that Obama will nominate anyone better, just stealthier.
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