Charles Freeman reflects on the secret combination that exerted its influence to stop his political appointment

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March 12, 2009 by theradicalmormon

This is a very telling story and a very astute observation from Charles Freeman who removed himself from consideration for a post with the National Intelligence Committee due to the extreme opposition from the Israeli lobby and its hacks:

The libels on me and their easily traceable email trails show conclusively that there is a powerful lobby determined to prevent any view other than its own from being aired, still less to factor in American understanding of trends and events in the Middle East. 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. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.

 

There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government – in this case, the government of Israel. I believe that the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for US policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics has allowed that faction to adopt and sustain policies that ultimately threaten the existence of the state of Israel. It is not permitted for anyone in the United States to say so. This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States. 

The outrageous agitation that followed the leak of my pending appointment will be seen by many to raise serious questions about whether the Obama administration will be able to make its own decisions about the Middle East and related issues. I regret that my willingness to serve the new administration has ended by casting doubt on its ability to consider, let alone decide what policies might best serve the interests of the United States rather than those of a Lobby intent on enforcing the will and interests of a foreign government.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123672847973688515.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#articleTabs%3Darticle

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Charles Freeman reflects on the secret combination that exerted its influence to stop his political appointment

  1. J. Madson says:

    This incident tells me that nothing will change. The sin in American political life is questioning Israel. We cannot have adult conversations. We refuse to hear opinions outside the accepted topics and approved answers. There is more discussion and openness on these issues in Israel than here. We know it was Freeman’s thought on Israel that got him ousted, as Chuck Schumer said while bragging about his role in ousting Freeman:

    Charles Freeman was the wrong guy for this position. His statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration.

    Glenn Greenwald has an excellent summary of the freeman incident and the absurdity of american politics.

    In the U.S., you can advocate torture, illegal spying, and completely optional though murderous wars and be appointed to the highest positions. But you can’t, apparently, criticize Israeli actions too much or question whether America’s blind support for Israel should be re-examined.

  2. J. Madson says:

    The WaPo gave this great analysis

    But let’s consider the ambassador’s broader charge: He describes “an inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for U.S. policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics.” That will certainly be news to Israel’s “ruling faction,” which in the past few years alone has seen the U.S. government promote a Palestinian election that it opposed; refuse it weapons it might have used for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities; and adopt a policy of direct negotiations with a regime that denies the Holocaust and that promises to wipe Israel off the map. Two Israeli governments have been forced from office since the early 1990s after open clashes with Washington over matters such as settlement construction in the occupied territories.

    Yes folks, its Israel that has been abused by the US because of why?

    Free elections in Palestine. And the refusal, so far, to let Israel begin a war with a nation that has not attacked another nation in two centuries.

  3. Josh,
    Your sarcasm nearly surpasses my own. The Washington Post is full of these sorts of mind-boggling statements. It is informative though that this sort of commentary passes for intelligent analysis amongst much of the readership of the Washington Post.

  4. Grégoire says:

    regime that denies the Holocaust and that promises to wipe Israel off the map.

    This is a big lie, the liar who wrote it knows it’s a lie, and so does his copy man and probably most of the rest of the liars who work at the Post.

    Most here know it too. What Ahmadinejad actually said (in case some casual passerby wanders through who doesn’t know) is that Zionism needs to be wiped from the pages of the history books.

    When the U.S. and the U.K. invaded (just as an example) fascist Italy, we didn’t shoot every Italian and wipe Italy off the map. We simply wiped fascism out because it was a similar type of dangerous nuisance to everyone in the entire world. That’s the context.

    My own son came home from public school several months ago and repeated this big lie when it began becoming popular. We had a really good discussion that evening. He’s a geography buff, and I had bought him a huge world map which has hung on his wall for years. I promised him fifty dollars if he could point to Palestine on it. He has yet to collect.

    Something has been wiped off the map, we decided, but it isn’t Israel.

  5. theradicalmormon says:

    The context Ahmadinejad himself gave to that quote is the Soviet Union dissappearing, or the Apartheid regime of South Africa dissappearing. That quote has gotten a lot of mileage from neocon AIPAC hacks.

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