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Was Obama's Campaign Promise to "Maintain a Substantially Similar Policy on Israel" also an inconvenient lie?
Charles Freeman, Obama's now failed appointee to National Intelligence Council, lashes out at American jews who he claims lobbied against him but there is little evidence of serious lobbying -- just a handful of people pointing out his ties to the Saudi's who funded his Pro-Palestinian think tank and his shameful record on China.
When you read the following excerpt from today's Washington Post, remember, this is the guy that Obama wanted to give access to all 14 US intelligence organizations -- making him one of the most informed men in the world and a man we would need to be able to trust with our most secret information. Whether you support or oppose Israel, this does not reveal a man who can be trusted with our national security.
The Washington Post:
"Referring to what he called "the Israel Lobby," he added: "The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views." One result of this, he said, is "the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for US policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics."
Freeman's angry rhetoric notwithstanding, the controversy surrounding the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia was broader than just Middle East politics. Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair's choice of Freeman prompted a storm of complaints about his recent commercial connections to China and questions about whether he was too forgiving of that nation's leaders.
But most of the online attention focused on Freeman's work for the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that is funded in part by Saudi money, and his past critical statements about Israel. The latter included a 2005 speech he gave to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, where he referred to Israel's "high-handed and self-defeating policies" stemming from the "occupation and settlement of Arab lands," which he called "inherently violent."
Only a few Jewish organizations came out publicly against Freeman's appointment, but a handful of pro-Israeli bloggers and employees of other organizations worked behind the scenes to raise concerns with members of Congress, their staffs and the media."
For example, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), often described as the most influential pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington, "took no position on this matter and did not lobby the Hill on it," spokesman Josh Block said.
Assuming Obama agrees with you, maybe he should have said this when he was running for his.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Obama does not like Israel, that is a fact. It's why our government is now giving $900 million to "rebuild the gaza strip" and Hillary is running around trying to figure out how the money will not land in the hands of Hamas. Yeah right... They know it will end up in their hands.
Remember though, Obama said we shouldn't worry about countries like Iran, syria and venezuela because they are "tiny countries". He later backed off on that statement when he realized how stupid it sounded.
Yeah, we'll see how tiny Iran is when they have a nuke...and use it.
- 1 decade ago
The Israeli lobbyist have way too much power in Washington.As long as we blindly support their terrorist activities,there will never be peace in the Middle East.
- JohnLv 61 decade ago
Obama is the Kenyan version of Pinnochio.
- Bill in KansasLv 61 decade ago
Obama's entire campaign was a lie