Posts Tagged ‘Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’

Chas Freeman is the public target, and victim, of a smear and destroy campaign by neocons and the hawkish side of the pro-Israel Lobby

March 11, 2009

I have been closely following the nomination of Charles “Chas” Freeman to the position of Chairman of the National Intelligence Council for about 7-10 days.  He was nominated by Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, but received no public support from the White House, who stayed silent on the issue throughout.

The public response to his nomination began with Steve Rosen, former AIPAC official currently on trial for charges of espionage for passing secret documents to reporters and an official of the government of Israel.

a look at Chuck Schumer’s consistency: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/11/schumer/

Hypocrisy on China from humanrightsers

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2009/03/10/freeman-and-the-cognitive-dissonancing-of-sino-israel-relationship/

WashPo “article”    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031003223.html?referrer=emailarticle

Walt  http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/node/16250

Rothkopf @ FP.com http://rothkopf.foreignpolicy.com/node/16237

More to come (as I can stomach revisiting all the articles I read)

The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

January 23, 2009

Stephen Walt, co-author of the landmark essay and later book: The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, responds to some of the criticism resurfacing among the commentariat.  He essentially asks (and has cause to ask) whether those criticizing the book (McArdle, Douthat, Goldberg, et. al) ever even read it (I did).

Here is a brief segment:

The problem with relying on other people’s opinions is that virtually all of the mainstream critics here in the US misrepresented our arguments badly, frequently accusing us of saying the exact opposite of what we actually wrote. At the risk of boring you, let me offer a few examples:

Oh, he offers examples alright.  He gives a general run-down of the main ideas of the book and some of the most common misrepresentations about it.  I recommend his post and his book.

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