I don’t know if you’ve been following along, but it looks as though lobbyists working on behalf of Israel were successful in killing the appointment of Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. as Chair of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman, for what it’s worth, isn’t going down quietly. Following is a clip from his blistering statement:
…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…
His crime? Saying things like, “Israel is driving itself toward a cliff, and it is irresponsible not to question Israeli policy and to decide what is best for the American people.”
“To suggest that we should question Israel.”
I don’t feel like debating Israeli foreign policy at the moment, and hopefully this doesn’t turn into a big Israel-bashing thread, but I do think it’s worth noting that their lobby has enough power to dictate who our senior intelligence officers are, and thereby influence the analysis of data critical to our nation’s security.