Freeman withdrawal & the 'Lobby'


Daniel M Pourkesali
by Daniel M Pourkesali

Ambassador Chas Freeman who announced earlier today that he is no longer considering the offer to chair the National Intelligence Council, in a statement published by the has delivered a pointed response to those responsible for derailing his appointment:

"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 in a foreign country."

"…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."

In a euphoric email to his readers, Daniel Pipes credits and congratulates Steven J. Rosen of the Middle East Forum as the person responsible for first exposing the “problematic nature of Freeman's appointment” as a “strident critic of Israel”. Freeman’s response is unambiguous:

"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."

Ambassador Freeman’s withdrawal may be considered a victory by the 'Lobby' but it is a shameful and deplorable defeat for the American people and their system of government.


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He's taking the Lobby down with him!

by Jaleho on

Here's another optimist from who believes that there is a poetic justice in the Freeman's forced withdrawal. That is, the enhanced public awareness of how Israeli Lobby works,  is the beginning of its demise.


The nixing of Charles "Chas" Freeman from a post as head of the National Intelligence Council is not, as is commonly averred, a victory for the Israel lobby. It is, instead, a Pyrrhic victory – that is, a victory so costly that it really amounts to a defeat for them. Sure, they managed to keep out a trenchant critic of their Israel-centric and grossly distorted view of a proper American foreign policy, and, yes, they managed to smear him and put others on notice that someone with his views is radioactive, as far as a high-level job in the foreign policy establishment is concerned. And yet – and yet …. 

They – the Lobby – have now been forced out in the open. "A lobby," says Steve Rosen, the ringleader of the "get Freeman" lynch mob, "is like a night flower: it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun." If so, then the Israel lobby is slated for oblivion, because as frenetically – and pathetically – as they tried to mask the centrality of their involvement, and as much as they tried to make this about other issues (his alleged ties to Saudi Arabia, his supposed views on China), everybody knows it was really all about Israel and Freeman's contemptuous view of the "special relationship" which requires us giving Tel Aviv a blank check, moral as well as monetary. As a foreign policy realist, he thinks we ought to put our own interests first, in the Middle East and elsewhere, not those of a foreign country, no matter how much political clout – and campaign cash – its American fifth column can muster. 

Kaveh Nouraee

Next Time

by Kaveh Nouraee on

They will be sure to nominate someone who represents a better fit for the Obama administration.

Like someone who still owes back taxes.


Lol, lefty Lap Poodle...

by Q on

good one!

Fred, How about Conjoined Triplets?! Are you forgetting PAAIA?

Actually don't forget Iran Heritage, Iran Alliance and Persian Gulf Organization where Fred angrily denounced with the usual labels. That's pentoplet's already.


Perhaps our Zionist-firster friends can get on the ball and hire some summer interns. (Preferably adult ones that know the code-words, Mazloom was an embarrassment!) Because at this rate the number of "IRI lobby" organizations being "exposed" by Fred on daily basis are growing exponentially.

Fred, have you had a chance to look into Iranian American Writers Association? Rumor has it some of them are pro peace. Just thought I save you time...


Five commnets on Chas

by excellent (not verified) on

Five commnets on Chas Freeman

“The irony is that people like me have more confidence in Israel than they do: I think Israel can survive and prosper if it has a normal relationship with the United States instead of [sic] special one.” I would add one point: the lobby is surely partly driven by the guilt of American Jewry, the guilt that they’re over there and not over here. If they really cared, they would come to the land to build it and be built by it. As things stand, they are able to live out a fantasy, one in which they can shape the future of the promised land without laying down true roots on its soil, while at the same time avoiding its realities. This is the tragedy of the unresolved relationship between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora; it is to be hoped but not expected that the representative bodies of the Jewish people will try and solve this problem.


it could be a good thing

by IRANdokht on

American people needed to wake up and learn how the lobbyists control their government. This is a rude awakening but a necessary one. 

It's time that Obama uses this event to make his case against the way Washington works. 

Thanks Daniel jan




by Derakhshandeh (not verified) on

Maybe not that long. Maybe. We'll just have to wait and see who is the next nominee.


He said it correctly

by Abarmard on

Those who care for the United States should try to understand the depth of Mr. freeman's comments/concerns. I doubt it very much that anyone could change this political mafia in the short time. In the long term though it will change.


Thank Goodness. He would

by excellent (not verified) on

Thank Goodness. He would have been disastrous for the national security of the US.


Jaleho - I Read Your Blog

by Passer By (not verified) on

and you're wrong by saying:

"I also wrote a blog on this subject titled "Israeli fifth column acting against US interests" a day earlier, but it got torpedoed by irrelevant comments"

The comments were pretty relevant. You're just an irrelevant person. :-)


We Americans are an occupied land by the Zionists

by JusticeForAll (not verified) on

How else can you explain forcing Freeman from his position? Israeli warmongers and their lackies are pulling all of us down with them. They don't give a damn about what will happen to us in United States. The solution for peace is very simple but these greedy bunch don't let it happen. I'm counting the days when American people wake up and realize what is being down to them by the Israeli Lobby here. That day will come.



by Lefty Lap Poodle (not verified) on

How about Conjoined Triplets?! Are you forgetting PAAIA?


Thank you, this is very important!

by Jaleho on

It is good to have brave people like Freeman, Walt, Mearsheimer and the likes of them to bring out what is at the heart of American decline! These patriots are swimming against a heavy well established current that can casue them personal harm, but they are gradually breaking a taboo at a very high personal cost. Brave patriots indeed, as America can not even financially afford to let the Israeli-firsts take it down the shitter any further.

I am glad that your blog made it to the front page so more people can read about this important development. I also wrote a blog on this subject titled "Israeli fifth column acting against US interests" a day earlier, but it got torpedoed by irrelevant comments. However, the first few comments there have a lot of content and good extra links to the news that the interested reader can look at. I guess since some readers have already looked at that page, here we see only the "regular AIPAC-lovers" like Fred and Zion doing their typical thing! Here's the link to my blog, and I hope people focus on the subject at hand in you front page blog instead.


Thank you.


Connect the dots

by Fred on

By withholding relevant information; relevant to the Iranians that is, the CASMII lobbyist is being disingenuous. 

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. seats on the Board of Directors of the American Iranian Council. For those unfamiliar with that board and its unitary goal or what other lobbies were started by its former employees/members a cursory look will connect-the-dots.

 For CASMII lobby the conjoined twin of NIAC lobby to claim sorrow at “shameful and deplorable defeat for the American people and their system of government” and leave out Ambassador Freeman’s connection to the Iranian lobbies is well, shameful and deplorable.


Israeli Lobby

by Amir2 (not verified) on

Let me use a similar logic to TSION: How can the U.S. be a fair player or power broker in the Middle East when Israel, Zionists, and AIPAC control its policies?

How about tax dollars that go to Israel. How about the technology which is stolen and many of AIPAC members are indicted for espionage?


Please Zion,  I don't know

by desi on

Please Zion,  I don't know the guy and don't really care about his political career, but you've got to admit just because you make disparaging utterances about Israel doesn't mean you need to withdraw your candidacy for chair.  Daniel Pipes made a brouhaha and so called "exposed" this man.  Daniel Pipes...please.  Just goes to show that dissent is UNAmerican and true Americans should be worried that lobby groups can appoint whomever they want providing they blow sunshine up AIPACs bum.


Saudi Lobby

by tsion on

This jerk was fully in the pocket of the Saudis, and the typical anti-semitic conspiracy theory that he uttered, as you do, is just a proof of what kind of a jerk he was. If
the Israeli lobby had any role in preventing such a disaster get such a high profile position in such a time, then kudos to them. All true Americans should be thankful.