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February 25, 2009

More on Chas Freeman, Obama's Pick to Head the National Intelligence Council

Posted by Dave Blount at February 25, 2009 9:06 AM

To give an idea of just how far off the rails the government has gone under the current leadership, here's more information on Chas Freeman, the bin Laden associate Chairman Zero deems fit to head the National Intelligence Council.

Here's what he had to say about the communist Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989:

I find the dominant view in China about this very plausible, i.e. that the truly unforgivable mistake of the Chinese authorities was the failure to intervene on a timely basis to nip the demonstrations in the bud, rather than — as would have been both wise and efficacious — to intervene with force when all other measures had failed to restore domestic tranquility to Beijing and other major urban centers in China. In this optic, the Politburo's response to the mob scene at "Tian'anmen" stands as a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action. …
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.

At least the inaptly named Freeman's views fit smoothly with Shrillary's announcement that the Obama regime couldn't care less about the Chicoms' appalling contempt for human rights. They may also fit with Obama's plans to create a Gestapo-style domestic army as large as the military.

Freeman was an ambassador to Saudi Arabia who, like many State Department types, went native. He has also been President of the Middle East Policy Council, which exists largely to publish the journal Middle East Policy. Via American Thinker, this Editor's Note offers an example of what you can read in it:

Of course, many observers knew from the beginning that the war was an excuse to enlarge the U.S. strategic "footprint" (as neocon William Kristol calls it) on top of the lakes of oil in the Gulf region and make life safer for Irael, starting with the easiest problem case, Iraq. If the governments in the area did not come around, no problem; American troops were there in any case and would protect Israel.… In a New York Times op-ed (July 18), Benny Morris put the matter to Bush/Cheney crudely: bomb the suspected sites now or Israel will have to use nuclear weapons on Iran later. Call it extortion, if you will. But perhaps a better term is moral hazard: having been "insured" by the United States, Israel does not have to be cautious or even sensible. The Georgians seem to have learned this lesson too, and without having to pay the high premium that a first-class standing army of lobbyists requires.

According to the sort of people who run our government now, besieged democracies like Israel and Georgia are the bad guys, and the USA should stop encouraging them to defend themselves.

Sultan Knish has more on Freeman:

He's called Hezbollah a legitimate outgrowth of Lebanese nationalism and denied that it was an Iranian puppet. He bragged about his million dollar donation from the Saudi King to fund his organization, which he used to publish Walt and Mearsheimer's article attacking the "Jewish lobby". These days he's pushing for a "One State Solution" in Israel, code for the destruction of Israel.
Much of this has already been effectively laid out by such as Melanie Philips. There is however a lot more I have learned.
Chas Freeman is co-chair of the US China Policy Foundation and the American Iranian Council, with offices in Iran, holder of the Order of Abd Al-Azziz, 1st Class. He is also board chairman of Projects International Inc, a company that facilitates all sorts of projects, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
And even more significantly, Chas Freeman is on the International Advisory Board of China National Offshore Oil Co. CNOOC is a State owned enterprise, controlled by the Chinese government. As such Chas Freeman has openly worked for both Saudi Arabia and the People's Republic of China.

No wonder he's so forgiving of the Chicoms' dictatorship; he's in bed with it.

Regarding Iraq, Freeman wants to "help the Shiites win fast, consolidate their damn dictatorship and get the hell out" because "it's very hard to imagine anything except a Saddam-style reign of terror succeeding in pacifying the place." If it weren't too late to put Saddam back in power, no doubt that would be Freeman's preferred course of action.

In this quote, Freeman simultaneously denounces the removal of Saddam and justifies the al Qaeda atrocities of 9/11:

One lesson of September 11th that we need to recall more than any other is that if we attack someone else's homeland in this day and age, we can expect that our own homeland will be attacked. We know that if we attack Saddam he will use weapons of mass destruction in whatever way he can.

Note that he also confirmed the almost universally held view that Saddam had WMD. But that didn't stop Freeman from turning on his heel and ridiculing this view when it became politically expedient.

In short, Freeman is an unhinged left-wing radical who vehemently opposes the interests of the USA and our allies, while toadying to our enemies. What kind of people did you expect Obama to pick to shape our foreign policy?

Chas Freeman. America's enemies are now at the helm.

On tips from Rob Banks, J, and Mike_W.