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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Breaking: Chas Freeman withdraws

ABC News is reporting that Chas Freeman has withdrawn his name for consideration for the position of chairman of the National Intelligence Council (Hat Tip: Hot Air).
A statement from Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair:

"Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret."
Read the whole thing.

UPDATE 11:34 PM

Hot Air has some more details on why Chas is suddenly gone.
The more people found out about Freeman, the worse he got — and not just among conservative critics. His ties to CNOOC, his remarks about the Tiananmen Square protesters, and his support of a national ID after 9/11 painted a strange picture of the man who would run the process of evaulating our intelligence. That, plus the fact that Freeman had no intelligence experience — when the CIA also has a no-experience political fixer running it — doomed Freeman’s appointment.

Apparently, the Obama administration got the message from the Hill today. Dianne Feinstein requested that Freeman make himself available to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, signaling that she was not pleased with Blair’s choice. The White House had let Blair twist in the wind when Freeman started taking flack, first among Israel’s allies in DC and later as more critics began to speak out. They pointed out that the White House had no input on the choice and no opportunity to vet Freeman before Blair announced his pick.
Sorry, but I don't buy that this was Blair's responsibility and that the White House had no input. They knew perfectly well who Freeman was and what his record was and there is no way that an appointment this controversial could have been set rolling without White House approval. As Harry Truman used to say, "the buck stops here."

I'm happy to see Freeman gone, but given this administration's track record, I doubt the next nominee will be much better.

5 Comments:

At 12:47 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

There's one word that describes the Obama Administration's embarrassing record with respect to its nominees:

"Vetting."

Apparently no one in the White House sees fit to ensure its nominees survive public scrutiny. Will they learn anything from what's been a recurrent pattern of botched Administration appointments? Judging from the way the Chas Freeman affair was handled, I don't think they have.

For the record, I don't think any one named to replace him will be any better as a candidate in what is arguably one the most important and sensitive positions in the US intelligence community.

 
At 3:00 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

the O cannot be blamed for ANYTHING

He reminds me of the kid who stands there with the baseball bat in hand and the broken window who say...

I didnt do it....

He is without spine, honor, ethics or principles...

he is an empty suit...

a slick rapper...

dangerous cause he's in charge...

22 months til mid term elections...

 
At 3:16 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

The messiah is a barefaced liar. I don't read the papers much but there was a report some weeks ago about how this administration was going to show lobbyists the door. This after packing the upper layers chock full of them, from Gary Locke to the shills for Wall Street. The Obama people are shameless liars. The saving grace though is that they seem to be rank amateurs too.

 
At 4:03 AM, Blogger Guy Average said...

I'm sure I'm not alone in expressing that I would not be at all surprised if the next nominee was as bad or worse, although I would imagine that whoever it is would be a more stealthy anti-semite.

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its not just Freeman - Israel is not going to get a good shake from this Administration. It has made clear the Jewish State is to be the sacrificial lamb for Obama's aim of patching up America's quarrel with the Muslim World. We'll see soon if Israel is ready to continue to play the assigned role of the patsy under the incoming Israeli government.

 

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