Charles Freeman reflects on the Israeli lobby which has forced him from political appointment with the Obama administration

This is a very telling story and a very astute observation from Charles Freeman who removed himself from consideration for a post with the National Intelligence Committee due to the extreme opposition from the Israeli lobby and its hacks:

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.

There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government – in this case, the government of Israel. I believe that the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for US policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics has allowed that faction to adopt and sustain policies that ultimately threaten the existence of the state of Israel. It is not permitted for anyone in the United States to say so. This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States.

The outrageous agitation that followed the leak of my pending appointment will be seen by many to raise serious questions about whether the Obama administration will be able to make its own decisions about the Middle East and related issues. I regret that my willingness to serve the new administration has ended by casting doubt on its ability to consider, let alone decide what policies might best serve the interests of the United States rather than those of a Lobby intent on enforcing the will and interests of a foreign government.



4 Responses to “Charles Freeman reflects on the Israeli lobby which has forced him from political appointment with the Obama administration”

  1. 1 Grégoire March 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    This morning on a local (U.S. West Coast) radio program, Freeman was referred to as a “kook” and “holocaust denier”. Amusing to note that two people called in to lambaste the host who made the comments and pour derision on Israel, while no one called to support the host.

    So interesting to see the demonization at work, and the irony was extra thick to see Freeman get accused of bigotry and intolerance, when it is his critics who believe Palestinians are some new species of subhuman animal who can be slaughtered with no consequence.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon March 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Interesting how this story has brought to light even the concept of the existence of the “Israeli lobby.” I heard the term mentioned for the first time ever on NPR the other day in an interview with Freeman. Unfortunately, that’s as far as it went. The interviewer brought up nothing about the Israeli lobby at all in his questioning of Freeman, only questions about his ties to Saudi Arabia.

    We are surrounded by webs of deception. I feel all of the time like I am part of “The Truman Show.”

  3. 3 Grégoire March 18, 2009 at 2:32 am

    You might find this interesting.

    In his interview with me, Freeman noted the propensity members of the Israel lobby have for denying the lobby’s existence, even while taking credit for having forced him out and simultaneously claiming that they had nothing to do with it. “We’re now at the ludicrous stage where those who boasted of having done it and who described how they did it are now denying that they did it,” he said.

    Much more at…

  4. 4 theradicalmormon March 19, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Yes, I saw this. This has been an interesting discussion that has developed out of Freeman’s stepping aside, but I think it hasn’t really reverberated much in the American public. I wish your everyday Joe would begin to wonder about the Israeli lobby and it’s influence over US politicians and policy decisions.

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