Yesterday’s New York Times story on Charles W. Freeman’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration for a top intelligence post was yet another instance of the paper trying to distance Obama from what could have been a disastrous personnel decision.
Freeman, who was tapped to head the National Intelligence Council (which produces the National Intelligence Estimates that are vital to policy making), is not only rabidly anti-Israel, but has ties to hostile foreign powers that go way beyond questionable.
The Times claimed, “When Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, announced that he would install Charles W. Freeman, Jr. in a top intelligence post, the decision surprised some in the White House” (emphasis added). Sure, and the president had no idea his minister of 19 years was anti-American.
When it came to the U.S.-Israel relationship, Freeman practically foamed at the mouth, raving that Israel’s treatment of the poor, terrorist Palestinians was just beastly. At the same time, he was an apologist for the Tiananmen Square massacre and Beijing’s crackdown on Tibetans last year.
Freeman believed all of our Middle East problems were the direct result of our support for Israel, and the mythical Israel Lobby.
A former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Freeman ran the Middle East Policy Council, a “think tank” bankrolled by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy says is known as a practitioner of “stealth jihad.”
At one time the #2 U.S. diplomat in Beijing, after leaving the foreign service, Freeman served on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, when it was trying to take over U.S. oil company Unocal.
In a sane world, Freeman wouldn’t even be allowed to read National Intelligence Estimates, let alone be responsible for generating them. The Times’ efforts to low-key this disastrous appointment is typical of its attempts to run interference for the administration.