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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 05:51 PM
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Glenn Greenwald: Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test

Glenn Greenwald
Tuesday March 10, 2009 16:58 EDT
Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test

(updated below - Update II - Update III)

Obviously, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt are rabid, hateful paranoids -- total bigots and anti-Semites -- for having suggested that there are powerful domestic political forces in the U.S. which enforce Israel-centric orthodoxies and make it politically impossible to question America's blind loyalty to Israel. What irrational lunacy on their part:

"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 Freemans decision with regret."

In situations like this, it is often impossible to know whether the appointee really did voluntarily withdraw or whether he was forced out and is merely being allowed to say that he withdrew. To his credit, Adm. Blair was in the Senate this morning defending Freeman from the likes of Joe Lieberman, but everything that is publicly known about Freeman makes it seem unlikely that he would have voluntarily withdrawn due to the shrieking criticisms directed at him. If he were forced out -- and there's no basis for assuming he was until there's evidence for that -- then that reflects quite badly on the Obama administration's willingness to defy the Bill Kristols, Marty Peretzes, and National Reviews of the world when it comes to American policy towards the Middle East.

In the U.S., you can advocate torture, illegal spying, and completely optional though murderous wars and be appointed to the highest positions. But you can't, apparently, criticize Israeli actions too much or question whether America's blind support for Israel should be re-examined....http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freem...
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Ah, the neo-continuity of it all.

Reaching across the aisle & giving a reach-around.

Same: 1
Change: 0

All show & no go. Gutless.
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:03 PM
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1. k&r! nt
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:04 PM
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2. The squeaky door gets oiled. There are not enough loud-mouthed
Jewish people in this country who are willing to stand up and say that they do not think that the US should unequivocally stand by the Israeli govt, no matter what they do. At least they could not be accused of being anti-semitic.
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Wilber_Stool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 07:15 PM
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8. No, they are called
self hating Jews.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:10 PM
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3. Thank Chuckles Wall Street-AIPAC Schumer, DiFi, and Holy Joe.
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:20 PM
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4. Rosen - he's a real peach too in all of this -
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:45 PM
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5. Rosen has been leading the charge. Here's his blog.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 09:30 AM
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13. Here's more back-up suggesting Rosen from Max Blumenthal:
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waiting for hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:10 PM
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18. Lovely -
Rosens tactics follow a familiar pattern he has displayed throughout his career, in which he viciously undermined anyone in the foreign-policy community deemed insufficiently deferential to Israeleven his own boss.


Have much of an agenda? :sarcasm:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 06:58 PM
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6. Real impressed, Glenn.
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 07:12 PM
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7. Have another hit of this fine Hopium (thanks to the inventor of Hopium)
Edited on Tue Mar-10-09 07:12 PM by burythehatchet
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 08:20 AM
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9. K&R n/t
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 08:59 AM
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10. Loyalty test? How about being too biased against our only ally in the region?
:shrug:
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 09:23 AM
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11. "Ally"? What have they done for us lately besides complicate our ME foreign policy?
:shrug:
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:05 PM
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15. They support US foreign policy
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 09:24 AM
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12. Whatever. Intellectually dishonest rhetoric like that is what makes it difficult.....
..... to have a rational discussion on this issue.


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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:05 PM
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16. What is intelectually dishonest about pointing out that Israel is our only ally in the region?
:shrug:
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:26 PM
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19. First off, I think Egypt, Jordan, Turkey are considered US allies too, so you're not correct.....
.... The intellectual dishonesty is the automatic labeling of criticism as being anti-Israel.



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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:04 PM
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14. I bet your boy traitor Joe didn't like him either
:shrug:
:shrug:
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-11-09 12:08 PM
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17. Apperenly he is moving closer and closer to the Democratic Party Platform
Edited on Wed Mar-11-09 12:57 PM by Freddie Stubbs
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