The River

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Israel out of the U.S.

Freeman Withdrawal Marks Victory for Israel Lobby

By Daniel Luban and Jim Lobe*

WASHINGTON, Mar 10 (IPS) - Amb. Chas Freeman withdrew from consideration for a top intelligence post in the Obama administration on Tuesday, following a vitriolic battle that pitted Republican lawmakers and pro-Israel hardliners opposed to his appointment against liberals and members of the intelligence and diplomatic communities who had come to his defence.

Freeman’s withdrawal came as a surprise to many in Washington, particularly since it came only hours after Adm. Dennis Blair, the administration’s director of national intelligence (DNI) who made the appointment, issued a strong defence of Freeman during his testimony before the U.S. Senate.

His withdrawal is likely to be viewed as a significant victory for hardliners within the so-called "Israel lobby," who led the movement to scuttle his appointment, and a blow to hopes for a new approach to Israel-Palestine issues under the Obama administration.

A brief notice posted late Tuesday on the DNI website stated that "Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret."

The DNI did not provide any further reason for Freeman's withdrawal.

Senator Chuck Schumer, a critic of Freeman who privately conveyed his concerns to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel last week, released a statement taking credit for the withdrawal, according to Greg Sargent of the Plum Line blog.

"Charles Freeman was the wrong guy for this position," Schumer's statement read. "His statements against Israel were way over the top and severely out of step with the administration. I repeatedly urged the White House to reject him, and I am glad they did the right thing."


Bastard neocon/israeli lobby have won again. Freeman was AGAINST israel, he just isn't a blind supporter who puts israel ahead of US interests. I am becoming anti-zionist. I used to just not care if israel existed, though was totally against providing them my tax dollars, now I'm beginning to really hope israel just ceases to exist.
Should have read "wasn't AGAINST israel".
Yep, zealots can't live with level-headed people. It threatens their existence. Hence, nuclear power Israel thinks its existence is threatened. It is, because they think everyone should bow to their will. And the U.S. does. Supposedly mutually beneficial relationship, interests in the region and all that bullshit.

Well, it ain't working.It cannot and will not work. That is so fucking obvious. I know they are staring down the inevitable too, which is why these dangerous Zionists need to be dealt with sooner than later. They'd sooner take everyone down with them than change.

Ironically, anti-Zionist is about as pro Jewish as you can get, because it's pro-human beings in general.

(verification word: ingst, not to be confused with angst)
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