March 10, 2009

YOU JUST KNEW THERE HAD TO BE A SHADOWY JEWISH CABAL BEHIND THE WHOLE THING:

Who's Behind the War on Obama's Intelligence Pick (Max Blumenthal, 3/10/09, Daily Beast))
No presidential appointment has brought more controversy that than that of Charles “Chas” Freeman, whom Obama tapped to head the National Intelligence Council. Leading the charge against Freeman is Steven Rosen, a former director of AIPAC awaiting trial on espionage charges, who has a long history of attacking and undermining anybody he deems hostile to Israel.

The assault on Charles “Chas” Freeman Jr., a former ambassador tapped to lead the National Intelligence Council (NIC), is the first blow in a battle over the Obama administration’s Middle East policy. Steven Rosen, a former director of the American Israel Affairs Political Action Committee (AIPAC) due to stand trial this April for espionage for Israel, is the leader of the campaign against Freeman’s appointment. In his wake a host of critics from The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg to The New Republic’s Marty Peretz have emerged to assail Freeman’s comments on Israeli policies and demand that Obama rescind the diplomat’s appointment.
Yet none of the Senate signatories to the letter opposing Mr. Freeman are Jewish. His anti-Zionism may be a strategic threat to pro-Israel American Jews, but his Realism is morally repulsive to Christians.

MORE:
Moralism on the Shelf (Richard Cohen, March 10, 2009, Washington Post)

Obama's apparent willingness to divide the Taliban into awful and less awful is just the latest sign that a sterile but necessary realism has settled over American foreign policy. In recent days alone, the Obama administration has indicated that it is willing -- for the moment -- to hold its tongue regarding China's voluminous human rights abuses and has hit the "reset button" on relations with Moscow, Vladimir Putin's neo-Stalinist fits notwithstanding. As for Israel's insistence on expanding West Bank settlements, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced it as "unhelpful" -- a whisper of a rebuke that, in the transcript, should have been rendered in italics.

The Obama administration is talking to the Syrians. It is willing to talk to the Iranians. It will parley with the North Koreans. It has kicked the wheels off the "Axis of Evil" and has, in general, shied from the lofty language of the Bush years, especially all that stuff about wars on terrorism and spreading democracy. This is an administration to bring a lump to the throat of Brent Scowcroft, the arch realist, who has never mistaken foreign policy for missionary work, even though they both usually take place abroad.


Ah, the new Democratic motto: Up with moral sterility!

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