Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Not Just an Ordinary Blunder

Forget the tax cheats and other tainted civil servants that President Obama has tried (and failed) to appoint to high office, this one takes the cake (at least for now). 

Do you remember how the left screamed about the "politicization" of our intelligence agencies. Well, here's Chas Freeman, the guy who would have been the Chair of the National Intelligence Council.   Jake Tapper of ABC News gets this one right:

Chas Freeman says, "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."

What's perplexing about this [is] that so much of what critics objected to were Freeman's statements, in full context. His record was picked apart like that of any other controversial nominee -- sometimes fairly, sometimes not so -- but only in Freeman's case does the nominee make an allegation that a foreign power was lurking nefariously somehow behind it all.

Now there's a guy who would have de-politicized intelligence and presented conclusions objectively to the President.  


Oh brother!


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