Monday, March 09, 2009

'I Still Want to Punch You In the Face. You'd Deserve It, You Schmucks'

That Obama really runs with a classy bunch of people. Considering he's pals with the psycho Jeremiah Wright and terrorist Bills Ayers (although some don't want you to know that), his nomination of this nutcase Chas Freeman as National Intelligence Council chairman shouldn't really be all that surprising.

Well, now that Freeman is coming under heat from all corners, including from many Democrats, his son rushes to his defense. This certainly won't help.
The son of Chas Freeman, President Obama's pick for National Intelligence Council chairman, has a message for his father's detractors: I want to punch you in the nose.

"They are low-lives," Charles Freeman writes of his dad's critics. "And if you're among them and by chance read this: I still want to punch you in the face. You'd deserve it, you schmucks."

More to the point, the younger Freeman says "the attack by groups interested in issues about which he's been impolitic in the past doesn't particularly surprise him (or me). My Dad has been vocal on the dangers of established maxims about blind faith (in Israel) and blind antagonism (with China). That will get you in trouble quick, and it has, if you have any political sensibility. The problem with -- and the great virtue of -- my Dad is that he has no political sensibility at all."

The editors of the National Review, apparently not afraid of the younger Mr. Freeman's fist, write an editorial critical of the appointment of Freeman, calling the elder Mr. Freeman "a Saudi apologist, and a savage critic of Israel. He also argues that Beijing did not strike down the Tiananmen Square protesters with sufficient swiftness. Barack Obama proposes to make him head of the National Intelligence Council. It’s an abominable appointment."

Freeman, the NR writers say, "has distinguished himself as a rabid Israel-hater who regards the Jewish state’s defensive measures as the primary cause of jihadist terror. He is a shameless apologist for Saudi Arabia (where he once served as U.S. ambassador) despite its well-documented record of exporting terrorists and jihadist ideology. And he is a long-time sycophant of Beijing, where he served as Richard Nixon’s interpreter during the 1971 summit and later ran the U.S. diplomatic mission."
Considering who some of his supporters are, one should be very leery of the elder Freeman.
Freeman has his supporters, including Joe Klein, Jim Fallows, and Andrew Sullivan, all of whom argue it's precisely Freeman's contrarian nature that will enable him to be good at questioning group-think in the intelligence community.

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