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politics: Chas Freeman

March 7th, 2009 (07:36 am)
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President Obama thinks a guy named Chas Freeman is the right fellow to run the national intelligence council. This has raised some controversy. One person defending him linked to this interview, citing it as an exemplar of the sanity of Freeman's views:

Q. Are the Saudis winning or losing their battle against terrorism?

Freeman’s view: The answer is that they’re winning. (We, of course, are not.) So what is it that they are doing right?

1. They have essentially discredited the extremist ideology in their own mosques, by driving the radical imams from the pulpits.
2. They have co-opted or seduced or induced to defect a large number of people who were terrorists or were heading in that direction, and who are now going straight.
3. They’re killing anybody who’s left.


AHAHAHAHAHAHAH. AHAHAHAHAHAHAH. AHAHAHAHHAHAHAH. AHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAH.

Saudi Arabia. "Driving the radical islams from the pulpits." AHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHHAHA AHAHAHHAHAHA.

...Jesus Christ on a pogo stick, Mr. President, DO NOT PUT THIS FOOL IN CHARGE OF ANYTHING. Saudi Arabia does not fight terrorism. They manage it. They export it. The royalty there lets the crazy whackjob imams *run their educational system,* indoctrinating the next generation of schmoes whose greatest dream is to blow themselves up for the Great Pumpkin. Driving them from the pulpits!??! IS FREEMAN INSANE?!?!?!

Well, no, of course. He's not. His views take "blame America first" to a rather remarkable degree, especially for a man who's forgiving enough to cheerfully state that hey, when you think about it, the Chinese government really had no choice but to send troops into Tienanmen Square. But Freeman is not insane; nor is he just an ideologue of the sort that I don't want to see in a position of power. Freeman is a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which means he is bought and paid for. It's SOP for that nation, and one reason posts involving the Saudis are so desirable. The Saudis helped funded the think tank that he runs, like they help fund a number of Middle East Studies departments; it's an investment for them, part of their propaganda arm. I can understand President Obama wanting to have contrarians around, and because he and I differ on lots of things it's not surprising that his contrarians would be contrary in a direction I *really* disagree with. But having a Saudi puppet in a position like that is a bad, bad, *baaaaaad* call. So, um, Mr. President, might want to ask him if he's got tax problems. The way things are running so far, that's the way to bet.

(Also, seriously: kill Abdul Qadeer Khan.)

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Posted by: Andrew (bibliorex)
Posted at: March 11th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)

I agree with everything you've said here (including your final remark about A. Q. Khan), so I think that you'll also be happy to find out that good ol' Chas Freeman has withdrawn his nomination. Time will tell if the next NIC chair will be any better.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19856.html

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