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Obama’s Anti-Israel, Pro-China Intel Pick Freeman Withdraws

March 10, 2009

While still a candidate for preident, then Senator Barack Obama had to go an extra mile or two to convince American Jews he was not anti-Israel.  Then he went to Israel and to the wailing wall.

But after he was elected he nominated Charles Freeman for a top intelligence job, even  though Freeman was a well known anti-Isreal guy.

Freeman is also decidedly pro-China…..

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News Today from AFP:

A veteran US diplomat and vocal Israel critic, Charles Freeman, has withdrawn from contention for a top US intelligence post, US intelligence director Dennis Blair announced Tuesday.

Freeman “has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman?s decision with regret,” Blair’s office said in a statement.


Obama’s nominations to top jobs (Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Tim Geithner) have not all panned out.  But many of the losers once nominated to top government jobs are now gone — thanks due to the Congress, the lame vetting process used by Team Obama and the media including people like Michelle Malkin…..



The controversial appointee to chair President Barack Obama’s National Intelligence Council walked away from the job Tuesday as criticism on Capitol Hill escalated.

Charles W. Freeman Jr., the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, had been praised by allies and by the director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, as a brilliant, iconoclastic analyst. Critics said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on China, and blasted him for taking funding from Saudi royals. 

Freeman “requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed,” Blair’s office said in a statement. “Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret.”

The withdrawal came after Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) grilled Blair at a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing Tuesday. Lieberman cited his “concern” about “statements that [Freeman] has made that appear either to be inclined to lean against Israel or too much in favor of China.”

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Democratic Senator Calls Resignations from Obama Team “Awkward, Embarrassing, Troublesome”

February 3, 2009

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska said today the resignation of two of President Obama’s nominees for top government posts was “awkward, embarrassing and troublesome.”

He said the vetting process for top jobs was “robust” but good people can still be forced to drop out.

“The process is working,” Nelson said.  “No one person is indispensible.”

Ben Nelson

Warning that a deep economic recession must be prevented from  “going into a depression,” Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it’s urgent to stimulate job creation and protection.

“We can’t afford the old games of division and partisan politics,” the Democratic senator said.

What the country faces is “the most severe economic downturn in decades, and perhaps ever,” he warned.

“It’s a tough vote,” Nelson acknowledged, because people are “worried about borrowing money to stimulate the economy.”


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