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Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama notifies Congress: Freeman's in

The Obama administration has notified Congress that it is appointing former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman as its head of the National Intelligence Council. That's all they have to do - this isn't a position that requires Congressional confirmation. Ben Smith's Politico apparently thinks this is a good thing.
The Obama administration has notified Congress that Chas Freeman has been appointed chairman of the National Intelligence Council, demonstrating a willingness to rebuff pro-Israel activists and an embrace of a more realist foreign policy line.
At The Weekly Standard, Michael Goldfarb bluntly calls Freeman a 'Saudi puppet' (in the headline no less!) (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
What the release doesn't tell you: Freeman has been a shill for the Saudis ever since leaving government, making outlandish claims like,"It is widely charged in the United States that Saudi Arabian education teaches hateful and evil things. I do not think that is the case." Or, "I believe King Abdullah is very rapidly becoming Abdullah the Great."

The left has defended Freeman's views on Israel -- even when his statements seem designed only to inflame and provoke controversy. What the left is unable to do is defend Freeman's views on China, where he unapologetically supports the bloody crackdown on democracy activists who dare protest in the streets of the capital, and Saudi Arabia, which as far as Freeman is concerned is something like Berkeley in the desert. The left spent years bemoaning the close ties between the Bush family and the Saudi royals -- and it was a relationship that few on the right were eager to defend. Now the left can have their turn defending a man who is so closely tied to the Saudi Kingdom that in the weeks after 9/11 he wouldn't even consider halting his business with the bin Laden family.

The man who will be "providing substantive counsel to the DNI and senior policymakers on issues of top national security importance" is in the pocket of the Saudis. Contrary to the expectations of Marty Peretz and others, Obama has enlisted in his administration a number of individuals with views that are hostile to Israel. One more won't matter too much. What makes Freeman different is that he actually defends the corrupt Arab states that foment and support terror while at the same time condemning a democratic ally of this country.

It's a disgrace.
It sure is a disgrace. But you had to be blind during the campaign not to see this coming. I guess a lot of people were blind....

/Martin Peretz's mea culpa coming in 4... 3... 2... 1...


At 1:00 AM, Blogger Ayatollah Ghilmeini said...

He is not a shill, he is a whore.

His comments on the Tienanmen Square massacre shows he loves dictators, does he love democracy.

What is it about the Obama flame that attracts such moths?

Freeman is an Israel hater par excellance, and I deeply question his ability to rationally look after the interests of this country.

Let's say Israel finds a plot against the US, how do they warn us? It can't go through Freeman- he is an enemy.

At 3:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

This isn't news... but American Jews knew what kind of people Obama attracted and they didn't care.

Elections, as I point out here for the nth time, have consequences.

At 5:05 PM, Blogger christine said...

obama is anti american and anti israel..we saw it coming and tried very hard too get the word out....but our media is doing eveything to protect him...we well all be schocked soon to see his fail policies well only make us weaker and israel well have to go it alone for 4 years......obama heroes are malcom x and loius farrakhan..do we need to know anything else.............


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