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  1. Thank you for this concise and cohesive essay deconstructing Kampeas’ idiotic comments Richard. Let’s hope Freeman isn’t politically crucified for his balanced views.

  2. Great job in exposing this piece of pseudo-journalism. It’s just a hate-and-smear job against a well-credentialed, even-handed, experienced, wise and loyal diplomat. No surprise, therefore, that JTA’s piece is replete with biased language, misquotes, falsifications, and fanciful assumptions.
    But let’s call a spade a spade. These agents of a foreign power, a.k.a. the Israel Lobby folks (and it seems JTA’s Kampeas is one of them) are used to being the baal habayit in American politics; accustomed to having unfettered power to appoint and remove politicians and public officials. Suddenly, they realize that things have changed in Washington. Oh, how I feel their pain!

  3. “I find it rich that Rosen in effect accuses Freeman of having “dual loyalty” to Saudi Arabia, when the U.S. government is currently accusing Rosen of stealing secret intelligence documents to give to Israel.”

    There were no documents and he is not accused of stealing documents. At least have a clue what you’re talking about.

    1. You mean to say that Rosen & Weissman were merely enjoying meals with a Defense Dept. analyst who specialized in Iranian intelligence for the hell of it. You mean to say the Israeli Mossad operative/attache who left the country in haste as soon as the government sting was revealed did so because he had an ailing mama back home in Tel Aviv? You mean to say that the government was using Larry Franklin to lure Rosen & Weissman into whatever conspiracy they were planning merely because they didn’t like their taste in dress suits.

      Apologist for accused spies. Very nice. You must be a personal friend of Mort Klein & all the other Israel Firsters supporting Rosen the Slimeball.

  4. Your dislike of Israeli policies so dominates this site that you suppport the appointment of Chas Freeman who said this about the Chinese response to peaceful dissident protests:
    From: [email address removed]
    Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 9:29 PM

    I will leave it to others to address the main thrust of your reflection on Eric’s remarks. But I want to take issue with what I assume, perhaps incorrectly, to be yoiur citation of the conventional wisdom about the 6/4 [or Tiananmen] incident. I find the dominant view in China about this very plausible, i.e. that the truly unforgivable mistake of the Chinese authorities was the failure to intervene on a timely basis to nip the demonstrations in the bud, rather than — as would have been both wise and efficacious — to intervene with force when all other measures had failed to restore domestic tranquility to Beijing and other major urban centers in China. In this optic, the Politburo’s response to the mob scene at “Tian’anmen” stands as a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action.

    For myself, I side on this — if not on numerous other issues — with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government, however appealing to foreigners their propaganda may be. Such folk, whether they represent a veterans’ “Bonus Army” or a “student uprising” on behalf of “the goddess of democracy” should expect to be displaced with despatch from the ground they occupy. I cannot conceive of any American government behaving with the ill-conceived restraint that the Zhao Ziyang administration did in China, allowing students to occupy zones that are the equivalent of the Washington National Mall and Times Square, combined. while shutting down much of the Chinese government’s normal operations. I thus share the hope of the majority in China that no Chinese government will repeat the mistakes of Zhao Ziyang’s dilatory tactics of appeasement in dealing with domestic protesters in China.

    I await the brickbats of those who insist on a politically correct — i.e. non Burkean conservative — view.


    Is this your idea of building a better world.

    Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11 focused a great deal on the U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia and the close relationships between that regime and its American supporters which Mr. Moore saw as terribly ironic given the number of Saudi nationals involved in 9/11. Freeman easily could have been a target of Moore’s movie.

    So now somw who call themselves liberals and devotees of a healed world use a supporter and lobbyist of the Chinese and Saudi governments to put forward their cause.

    Under what tenet of Tikkun Olam does this site support such views. Perhaps, under the old mantra- the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    1. I find it offensive and an invasion of privacy that you attempted to publish Mr. Freeman’s personal e mail address in your comment. Do anything close to that again and you’ll be history here.

      I disagree with Freeman about Tienamen Square. I agree with him about the Israeli-Arab conflict. In your rather small brain, is it impossible to wrap it around the concept that you may disagree with someone on one subject & agree w. them on another? Or must we only embrace those w. whom we agree 100% of the time?

      1. I just think it’s a damn shame Obama didn’t run this thing like he ran his campaign. Freeman needed a full court press. He needed researchers digging up info like Nelson did. I had no idea that Freeman wasn’t representing his OWN opinions about what the Chinese should’ve done during Tienamien Square, but rather the views of the Chinese leadership. This changes everything. Yet we only find out about this the day Freeman withdraws. It just seems a crying shame.

  5. I wouldn’t describe Richard’s piece as “deconstructing Kampeas’ idiotic comments”, emman. Deconstruction is a process of undermining the closed logical systems within which systematic thought as a whole takes place. In other words, it is a method of sabotaging thought altogether, which is why I disapprove of it and stick with the previous generation of social and cultural philosophers, who were, logically enough, structuralists.

    1. If the “experts’ are right the AIPAC case is almost over

      You mean the “experts” like Malcolm Hoenlein & Mort Klein? Actually, you’ve linked to a post by Steve Aftergood who I know personally. Steve has an axe to grind in this case as a anti-nuclear activist who has championed the use of government information in order to advance the cause of nuclear disarmament. Because of this Steve MUST argue that Rosen & Weissman are not guilty. If he takes any other position he would be betraying all his previous work.

      So Steve is not a disinterested observer & his view of the case is highly skewed. If you read the comments in the thread you’d note that not everyone even at the FAS site agrees with Steve’s analysis.

      I wouldn’t count my chickens if I were you. Steve Rosen, Doug Feith, Wolfowitz if they aren’t spies are so useful to Israel they might as well be. And notice I didn’t say they WEREN’T.

  6. “So Steve is not a disinterested observer & his view of the case is highly skewed. If you read the comments in the thread you’d note that not everyone even at the FAS site agrees with Steve’s analysis.”

    No the other person commenting is Grant F. Smith.
    I doubt there is a more biased observer. His whole life is devoted to getting the likes of Steve Rosen.
    Smith’s argument: “it would probably advantage the prosecution to show how AIPAC acquired and used NDI and commercial information in the past.” Is just plain stupid. Aipac is not on trial.
    With Leonard, who has 30 years of government experience determining what is classified testifying for the defense, it’s pretty much over.

  7. Chas Freeman is the protypical example of clientism and corruption in the State Department, siding with the countries he is assigned to, rather than with the U.S., and then working at organizations funded by those very countries.

    And when one of those countries is Saudi Arabia, that’s about as traitorous as one can get.

    Good riddance to an enemy of the people.

    1. Yes, it is typical of neocons to accuse their enemies of being traitors. I guess it takes a traitor to know one, right?

      But what about Dennis Ross working for a Jewish group affiliated with the Israeli government? If Freeman poses a problem so should Ross. But Ross, you see, is kosher & Freeman is treif.

      It’s say it’s Mike P. who’s an enemy of the people and of the good.

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