During Nixon`s historic trip to
China in 1972, his interpreter and I, free for a few
hours, conscripted a driver to take us on a tour of
Beijing. Somewhere in my files are photos from that day
we toured the grim city of
Chairman Mao in the time of the
Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
The interpreter: Charles
Freeman—the same Charles Freeman Admiral Dennis Blair
chose to chair the National Intelligence Council that
prepares National Intelligence Estimates on critical
national security issues such as Iran`s nuclear program.
Educated at Yale and Harvard Law,
Freeman has served his country in Delhi, Taipei, Bangkok
and Beijing. He was
Ronald Reagan`s deputy assistant secretary of state
for Africa and Bill Clinton`s assistant secretary of
defense for international security affairs. George Bush
I named him ambassador to
Saudi Arabia. Freeman was our man in Riyadh when
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and 500,000 U.S. troops arrived
evict the army of Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.
In 1997, Freeman succeeded George
McGovern as president of the
Policy Council—and he began to speak out.
He opposed the
bombing of Serbia and said aloud what few privately
deny: Reflexive support for Israel`s repression of the
Palestinian people is high among the reasons America is
no longer seen as a beacon of liberation in the Arab and
Freeman echoed the Obama of
yesterday, who bravely blurted,
"Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."
At MEPC, however, Freeman committed
a great crime. He published The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, which went onto
the New York Times best-seller list—and put Freeman on AIPAC`s enemies
Hence, when his name surfaced as
Blair`s choice to chair the NIC, the Israel Firsters
went berserk, with Steven Rosen declaring him to be a
"textbook case of the old-line Arabism" that
infected the Department of State when Gen. George
Marshall was secretary.
And who is Rosen?
A former fixture at AIPAC, Rosen
faces imminent federal criminal prosecution under the
Espionage Act for transferring top-secret Pentagon
documents to the Israeli Embassy. Rosen`s accomplice,
Larry Franklin, is serving a 12-year sentence.
Picking up the Rosen dog whistle,
the neocommentariat came howling. To Gabriel Schoenfeld,
late of Commentary,
Freeman is a “China
coddling Israel basher“.
found no fewer than five blogs from National Review
Online, in two hours, savaging Freeman, two by
Jonah Goldberg and two by Michael Rubin.
Lowry of NR
"Chas of Arabia," a diplomat of
views, a "lap
"blinkered ideologue" who enjoys
"pandering to and
making excuses for the world`s dictators and
The New Republic`s
Jonathan Chait, Freeman is a
.To Jeffrey Goldberg of the
formerly of the Israeli Army, Chait`s piece was
dead on. To TNR ex-publisher Marty Peretz, Freeman
is a "bought
man". To Michael Goldfarb of
Standard, Freeman is a
"shill for the
Saudis", who defends
"corrupt Arab states that foment and support terror"
Freeman is denounced as a shill of
Saudi Arabia—by people who have spent careers shilling
for the Israeli lobby and Likud.
Within this smear bund (Murray
Rothbard`s phrase), who has given America a tenth of
the patriotic service and loyalty of Chas Freeman?
What were the specific charges?
That, in private life, Freeman advised a Chinese
company. Would the Israel Firsters have used that
argument against Al Haig or Henry Kissinger?
Saudi contributions to MEPC should
disqualify Freeman, they say. But what did they say when
Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, David Wurmser and the rest
with inextricable ties to Israel stove-piped to the
press the cherry-picked War Party propaganda lies about
a "Prague connection" between Mohammed Atta and Iraqi intelligence,
yellow cake from Niger, Saddam and al-Qaida, Saddam and
the anthrax attacks,
"aluminum tubes" and WMD?
Realizing the assaults would not
end, Freeman last week withdrew,
saying, "I do
not believe the National Intelligence Council could
function effectively while its chair was under constant
attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate
attachment to the views of a political faction of a
The foreign country is Israel; the
political faction Likud.
Nor did Freeman shrink at naming
the source of the noxious campaign of slander against
"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
Steve Rosen confided in an AIPAC internal memo,
"is like a night flower; it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun."
Yes, and long ago, Al Smith
addressed the age-old problem of the Rosens within:
"The best way to kill anything un-American is to drag it out into the
open, because anything un-American cannot live in the
Well done, Ambassador Freeman.
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Patrick J. Buchanan
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