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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review March 17, 2009 / 21 Adar 5769

Memo to Prez: There are places where on the job training is not appropriate

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For Charles "Chas" Freeman, the Chas Freeman controversy is over. But for the Obama administration, it may just be beginning.


If you were unaware of the controversy over the appointment of Mr. Freeman to be director of the National Intelligence Council, it's probably not your fault. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and most of the rest of the "mainstream" media didn't report there was a controversy until March 10, the day Mr. Freeman withdrew.


Typically, the head of the National Intelligence Council has at least some intelligence experience. Mr. Freeman had none. But he was career diplomat who was ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1992, and was an assistant secretary of defense in the first Clinton administration.


The major part of the controversy over Mr. Freeman was what he has done since leaving government service. Since 1997 he's been head of the Middle East Policy Council, a lobbying group funded chiefly by Saudi Arabia. And since 2004 he's served on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corp., a company owned chiefly by the Chinese government.


It isn't a good idea to have a key slot in the Intelligence Community filled by someone who's been in the pay of two unfriendly foreign autocracies.


The other part of the controversy has to do with what Mr. Freeman's supporters call his "outspokenness." He has been vociferous in his condemnation of Israel and of Israel's supporters in the United States. And in a 2006 email, he had this to say about the Chinese government's crushing of the "Democracy Movement" protesters in Tiananmen square in 1989:


"I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to all the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government...I thus share the hope of the majority in China that no Chinese government will repeat the mistakes of Zhao Ziyang's dilatory tactics of appeasement in dealing with domestic protesters in China."


Mr. Freeman's "outspokenness" was on display in his withdrawal statement:


"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 the utter disregard for truth. The aim of this Lobby is to control the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views."


In an editorial March 12, the Washington Post noted the American Israel Public Affairs Committee took no position on the Freeman nomination, and that he was done in chiefly by the opposition of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who objected to his support for the crushing of Chinese dissidents.


"Crackpot tirades such as his have always had an eager audience here and around the world," the Post noted. "The real question is why an administration that says it aims to depoliticize U.S. intelligence estimates would have chosen such a man to oversee them."


Indeed. I was among those pleased when President Obama selected Admiral Dennis Blair to be the Director of National Intelligence. Though he had no intelligence experience, he'd commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and had been a Rhodes scholar. But Mr. Blair's selection of Mr. Freeman and his lack of awareness of the opposition to Mr. Freeman building on Capitol Hill raise questions about Mr. Blair's fitness for the job he now holds.


Another Blair pick heightens those concerns. He's named former CIA Director John Deutch to a panel to review spy satellite programs. Mr. Deutch lost his job and his security clearances in 1996 when agency officials discovered he was storing classified materials on his home computers, despite repeated warnings they could be intercepted via the Internet.


So we have a Director of National Intelligence with no intelligence experience and demonstrably poor judgment, and a CIA director, Leon Panetta, who also has no intelligence experience. There are places where on the job training is not appropriate.

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