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Sunday, March 01, 2009

WaPo op-ed rips Obama over Freeman

The MSM has finally noticed (maybe) that something is askew in the Obama administration. In an op-ed in Saturday's Washington Post, Jon Chait rips the Obama administration over its appointment of Charles (I guess that's his full name) Freeman to head the National Intelligence Council. I don't agree with everything this article says (I think he's wrong about the neocons), but it's refreshing to finally see some criticism of the ludicrous moves this administration has made in the mainstream media (Hat Tip: Hot Air).
Freeman belongs to the camp that's the mortal enemy of the neoconservatives: the realists. Realist ideology pays no attention to moral differences between states. As far as realists are concerned, there's no way to think about the way governments act except as the pursuit of self-interest. Realism has some useful insights. For instance, realists accurately predicted that Iraqis would respond to a U.S. invasion with less than unadulterated joy.

But realists are the mirror image of neoconservatives in that they are completely blind to the moral dimensions of international politics. Realists scoffed at Bill Clinton's interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo, which halted mass slaughter. Realists tend not to abide the American alliance with Israel, which rests on shared values with a fellow imperfect democracy rather than on a cold analysis of America's interests.

Taken to extremes, realism's blindness to morality can lead it wildly astray. Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, both staunch realists, wrote "The Israel Lobby," a hyperbolic attack on Zionist political influence. The central error of their thesis was that, since America's alliance with Israel does not advance American interests, it could be explained only by sinister lobbying influence. They seemed unable to grasp even the possibility that Americans, rightly or wrongly, have an affinity for a fellow democracy surrounded by hostile dictatorships. Consider, perhaps, if eunuchs tried to explain the way teenage boys act around girls.

Freeman praised "The Israel Lobby" while indulging in its characteristic paranoia. "No one else in the United States has dared to publish this article," he told a Saudi news service in 2006, "given the political penalties that the lobby imposes on those who criticize it." In fact, the article was printed as a book the next year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York.
Read the whole thing.


At 3:43 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

If the Jews are so powerful, how come Chas Freeman got to be National Intelligence Director? No one keeps people from having pro-Saudi opinions in Washington.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger sheik yer'mami said...

Freeman is not a realist, he is a whore for the Arabs. Mark Steyn got it right: former ambassadors to Arabia sound like Arabs. All of them are bought and sold.

Freeman is a whore with less morals or decency than a 20-dollar street-hooker.


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