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February 27, 2009
February 27, 2009: This One's For All of US!
Carter, Walt and Mearsheimer, This One's for You;
Freeman Named National Intelligence Council Chairman
 
by James M. Wall
 
It is official: Ambassador Charles Freeman has been appointed chairman of the National Intelligence Council. The announcement came Thursday afternoon from the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis C. Blair.

From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:
 
    Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair has selected Charles W. Freeman, Jr. to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC). As Chairman, Ambassador Freeman will be responsible for overseeing the production of National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) and other Intelligence Community (IC) analytic products.
 
    'Ambassador Freeman is a distinguished public servant who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in defense, diplomacy and intelligence that are absolutely critical to understanding today's threats and how to address them,' Director Blair said. 'The country is fortunate that Ambassador Freeman has agreed to return to public service and contribute his remarkable skills toward further strengthening the Intelligence Community's analytical process.'
 
    As a former United States negotiator, Freeman has worked with more than 100 foreign governments in East and South Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and both Western and Eastern Europe. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires in Bangkok and Beijing, Director of Chinese Affairs at U.S. State Department, and Distinguished Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the Institute of National Security Studies. Freeman received his J.D. from the Harvard School of Law. Ambassador Freeman will report to DNI Blair and the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, Dr. Peter Lavoy.

The first report I received on the appointment came from Robert Dreyfuss' blog for Nation magazine. Dreyfuss reproduced the announcement and then concludes:
 
    The campaign against Freeman was both ignorant and unrelenting.
 
    The Weekly Standard, which had quacked about the appointment finally surrended to it, aghast, but called it "a disgrace," in a moronic article entitled "It's Official: Saudi Puppet to Head NIC."
 
    It's nice to win one, now and then.
 
As my earlier postings will indicate, *here and *here and *here, the MSM has not covered this battle.

Why should they? The Lobby always wins.
 
The story was reported by bloggers like Robert Dreyfuss and Philip Weiss' Mondoweiss, as a heated internal Jewish battle over the appointment, which it largely was.
 
The strongly anti-Freeman Israel Lobby was aligned against pro-Freeman Jewish progressives. Now it will be interesting to see how the MSM outlets report what is clearly a major defeat for the Israel Lobby.
 
The JTA, a conservative "Global News Service for the Jewish People" described Freeman as a "controversial former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia". The conservative Washington Times, reported the opening paragraph of the official news release. It then devoted the rest of its story to rehashing distorted charges against Freeman for being "anti-Israel".
 
Dreyfuss is right; it is good to win one from time to time. And lest we forget, this appointment, which was vigorously resisted by the Israel Lobby, was made under the presidency of Barack Obama.
 
Jimmy Carter, Steven Walt and John Mearsheimer, this one's for you.


Source:
http://wallwritings.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/carter-walt-and-mearsheimer-this-ones-for-you-freeman-named-national-intelligence-council-chairman/


* http://wallwritings.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/why-israel-war-backers-are-unhappy-with-obama-for-considering-freeman-for-nic/
* http://wallwritings.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/israel-lobby-smears-ambassador-freeman-with-angry-distortions/
http://wallwritings.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/late-update-on-lobby-attacks-against-freemans-appointment-to-nic/


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I no longer belong or attend any church institution, but every day I read and meditate:THINK upon the daily readings of The Roman liturgy.

I had a conversation yesterday regarding fasting during the 40 days of Lent [this year from Feb. 25 until April 12] and today's reading affirmed how to fast for love of God. Bold emphasis mine.

Isaiah 58 (New International Version)


True Fasting

 1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
       Raise your voice like a trumpet.
       Declare to my people their rebellion
       and to the house of Jacob their sins.

 2 For day after day they seek me out;
       they seem eager to know my ways,
       as if they were a nation that does what is right
       and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
       They ask me for just decisions
       and seem eager for God to come near them.

 3 'Why have we fasted,' they say,
       'and you have not seen it?
       Why have we humbled ourselves,
       and you have not noticed?'
       "Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
       and exploit all your workers.

 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
       and in striking each other with wicked fists.
       You cannot fast as you do today
       and expect your voice to be heard on high.

 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
       only a day for a man to humble himself?
       Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed
       and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
       Is that what you call a fast,
       a day acceptable to the LORD ?

 6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
       to loose the chains of injustice
       and untie the cords of the yoke,
       to set the oppressed free
       and break every yoke?

 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
       and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
       when you see the naked, to clothe him,
       and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
       and your healing+ will quickly appear;
       then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
       and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
       you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
       "If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
       with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
       and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
       then your light will rise in the darkness,
       and your night will become like the noonday.

 11 The LORD will guide you always;
       he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
       and will strengthen your frame.
       You will be like a well-watered garden,
       like a spring whose waters never fail.

 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
       and will raise up the age-old foundations;
       you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
       Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.



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