Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Good Riddance You Jack Ass: Controversial Intel Chair Charles Freeman Resigns

"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," he wrote. "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."
-- Former chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Charles Freeman, in his letter of resignation.

Remember, Freeman thinks the Chinese government was "cautious" in its handling of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, which killed almost 3,000 civilians, detests the "Israeli loby", blamed the U.S., in part for the 9/11 attacks and has significant financial ties to the Saudi government.

Good riddance, you jack ass!

The Politico reports:

President Barack Obama's controversial pick for a top intelligence post blasted the "Israel lobby" on his way out the door Tuesday, intensifying a debate on the role Israel's allies played in the latest failed Obama appointment.

Charles W. Freeman Jr.'s abrupt withdrawal from his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council came after he drew fire on a number of fronts - including questions about his financial ties to China and Saudi Arabia.

But the most heated opposition came from supporters of Israel - and Freeman's departure shows Obama's reluctance to signal a dramatic change to a U.S. policy in the Middle East that centers on standing beside Israel.

The real shame in all of this is that Obama appointed him in the first place and that National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair accepted Freeman's resignation "with regret".

For the first, and probably the last time, I agree with Sen. Schmuckie Schumer:

"His statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration," said Senator Chuck Schumer in a statement. "I repeatedly urged the White House to reject him, and I am glad they did the right thing."

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