Chas Freeman Made an angry vitriolic statement about his withdrawal, blaming that evil Israel lobby. Proving once again that he doesn’t have the judgment to run the NIC.
…..I have concluded that the barrage of libelous distortions of my record would not cease upon my entry into office. The effort to smear me and to destroy my credibility would instead continue. I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country. I agreed to chair the NIC to strengthen it and protect it against politicization, not to introduce it to efforts by a special interest group to assert control over it through a protracted political campaign…….
….I am not so immodest as to believe that this controversy was about me rather than issues of public policy. These issues had little to do with the NIC and were not at the heart of what I hoped to contribute to the quality of analysis available to President Obama and his administration. Still, I am saddened by what the controversy and the manner in which the public vitriol of those who devoted themselves to sustaining it have revealed about the state of our civil society. It is apparent that we Americans cannot any longer conduct a serious public discussion or exercise independent judgment about matters of great importance to our country as well as to our allies and friends.
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.
In the court of public opinion, unlike a court of law, one is guilty until proven innocent. The speeches from which quotations have been lifted from their context are available for anyone interested in the truth to read. The injustice of the accusations made against me has been obvious to those with open minds. Those who have sought to impugn my character are uninterested in any rebuttal that I or anyone else might make.
Ambassador Freeman, thank you for that statement you proved what I have been saying all along. You do not exhibit the proper judgment to be NIC chair. Despite what you or your pugilist-oriented son say this has nothing to do with Israel. It is easy for you to use stereotypes, blame the Jews etc. If it was all about Israel, it would have died down a week ago, look at Samantha Power, she urged the US to send troops to impose a solution on Israel, she is still around.
But the fact is the reason you pulled out is you did not want to answer the charges. You ran an organization that published wild things, you were on an avisory board of a company that skirted the US embargo on Iran, you supported horrible human rights violations by China and hell JIM BAKER THOUGHT YOU WERE TOO PRO-SAUDI, thats like the Pope saying someone is too Catholic.
So Go Ahead, blame the Israel lobby….but the facts are the facts, you did not have the experience or the judgment to do the Job.