A Heretic Is Punished in Washington
Eric Margolis - March 17, 2009
The White House publicly humiliated US National Intelligence Director, Adm. Dennis Blair last week by forcing him to cancel appointing veteran diplomat Charles W. Freeman Jr. as the chairman of the National Intelligence Council, one of the nation’s most important national security posts.
The National Intelligence Council chairman’s job is to assemble all reports from America’s 16 intelligence agencies and produce a synthesis upon which the president make national security policy.
A former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and respected Mideast and China expert, Freeman had the audacity to previously say, “left to its own devices, the Israeli establishment will make decisions that harm Israelis, threaten all associated with them, and enrage those who are not.”
Freeman has criticized Israel’s actions on other occasions. He committed the ultimate heresy of warning that close US collaboration with Israel’s right-wing parties was jeopardizing American interests and security, and generating anti-American terrorism.