Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Top Obama Intel Pick Withdraws; Blames Jews

The NYT Co. owned and oh so Obama-friendly International Herald Tribune reports:

Charles Freeman Jr., President Barack Obama's choice for a major intelligence post, has withdrawn his name and blamed pro-Israel lobbying groups for his decision, saying they had distorted his record and campaigned against him.

Freeman had come under sharp criticism for his past statements about Israel as well as his association with the Saudi and Chinese governments.

Freeman's withdrawal Tuesday from consideration as chairman of the National Intelligence Council came just hours after Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, vigorously defended him and said his comments had been taken out of context.

In a message to colleagues and friends, first posted Tuesday evening on Foreign Policy magazine's Web site, Freeman blamed pro-Israel groups for the controversy, saying the "tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth."

Joshua Block, a spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a lobbying group, said Tuesday that his organization had not taken a formal position on Freeman's selection and had not lobbied Congress members to oppose it.

A former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Freeman had in recent years questioned Washington's steadfast support for Israel. He had also been deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. His critics unearthed past statements that seemed to indicate at least partial support for the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Critics in Congress also questioned Freeman's financial ties to China because he had served for four years on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corp., a state-owned company.

He also led the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington-based group that receives financial support from the Saudi government.

In the intelligence post, Freeman would have been in charge of producing all U.S. intelligence estimates, documents that represent the consensus judgment of the government's 16 intelligence agencies.

Opposition to Freeman's appointment had been building on Capitol Hill, and several lawmakers said they had been lobbying the White House to withdraw its support for Freeman.

Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, said Freeman's "statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration."


Folks, those of us who care about America’s security can be thankful Freeman has withdrawn his nomination despite support from President Obama and the many Soros and CAIR flacks close to the President.

But what evidence is there to support Sen. Schumer’s claim Freeman’s “statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration?"


More tomorrow about Obama, Freeman and their critics.


Anonymous said...

Off-topic, but interesting:
The miscommunication by our Secretary of State with her cute little "Reset/Overload" button reminds me of Jimmy Carter's visit to Poland. When he stepped off Air Force One, he was joined by a State Department interpreter who translated Carter's address into Polish. When Carter said something like "...the American people have great affection for the Polish people.." the interpreter used the Polish term for conjugal love rather than friendly affection. The Polish audience heard something like "..the American people enjoy having sex with the Polish people...."
Is there anyone out there who honestly thinks our State Department knows what the hell it's doing??
Tarheel Hawkeye