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Of Patriots and Assassins


During Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972, his interpreter and I, free for a few hours, conscripted a driver to take us on a tour of Beijing. Somewhere in my files are photos from that day we toured the grim city of Chairman Mao in the time of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

The interpreter: Charles Freeman — the same Charles Freeman Adm. Dennis Blair chose to chair the National Intelligence Council that prepares National Intelligence Estimates on critical national security issues such as Iran's nuclear program.

Educated at Yale and Harvard Law, Freeman has served his country in Delhi, Taipei, Bangkok and Beijing. He was Ronald Reagan's deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa and Bill Clinton's assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. George Bush I named him ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Freeman was our man in Riyadh when Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and 500,000 U.S. troops arrived to evict the army of Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

In 1997, Freeman succeeded George McGovern as president of the Middle East Policy Council — and he began to speak out.

He opposed the bombing of Serbia and said aloud what few privately deny: Reflexive support for Israel's repression of the Palestinian people is high among the reasons America is no longer seen as a beacon of liberation in the Arab and Muslim world.

Freeman echoed the Obama of yesterday, who bravely blurted, "Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."

At MEPC, however, Freeman committed a great crime. He published "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, which went onto the New York Times best-seller list — and put Freeman on AIPAC's enemies list.

Hence, when his name surfaced as Blair's choice to chair the NIC, the Israel Firsters went berserk, with Steven Rosen declaring him to be a "textbook case of the old-line Arabism" that infected the Department of State when Gen. George Marshall was secretary.

And who is Rosen?

A former fixture at AIPAC, Rosen faces imminent federal criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act for transferring top-secret Pentagon documents to the Israeli Embassy. Rosen's accomplice, Larry Franklin, is serving a 12-year sentence.

Picking up the Rosen dog whistle, the neocommentariat came howling. To Gabriel Schoenfeld, late of Commentary, Freeman is a "China coddling Israel basher." Tom Piatak of Chronicles found no fewer than five blogs from National Review Online, in two hours, savaging Freemen, two by Jonah Goldberg and two by Michael Rubin.

Rich Lowry of NR calls Freeman "Chas of Arabia," a diplomat of "odious" views, a "lap dog" and "blinkered ideologue" who enjoys "pandering to and making excuses for the world's dictators and terrorists."

To The New Republic's Jonathan Chait, Freeman is a "fanatic." To Jeffrey Goldberg of Atlantic, formerly of the Israeli Army, Chait's piece was dead on.

To TNR ex-publisher Marty Peretz, Freeman is a "bought man." To Michael Goldfarb of The Weekly Standard, Freeman is a "shill for the Saudis," who defends "corrupt Arab states that foment and support terror."

Freeman is denounced as a shill of Saudi Arabia — by people who have spent careers shilling for the Israeli lobby and Likud.

Within this smear bund (Murray Rothbard's phrase), who has given America a tenth of the patriotic service and loyalty of Chas Freeman?

What were the specific charges? That, in private life, Freeman advised a Chinese company. Would the Israel Firsters have used that argument against Al Haig or Henry Kissinger?

Saudi contributions to MEPC should disqualify Freeman, they say. But what did they say when Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, David Wurmser and the rest with inextricable ties to Israel stove-piped to the press the cherry-picked War Party propaganda lies about a "Prague connection" between Mohammed Atta and Iraqi intelligence, yellow cake from Niger, Saddam and al-Qaida, Saddam and the anthrax attacks, "mushroom clouds," "aluminum tubes" and WMD?

Who among them questioned State's decision to hand the Iran portfolio to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a creation and front of AIPAC?

Realizing the assaults would not end, Freeman last week withdrew, saying, "I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction of a foreign country."

The foreign country is Israel; the political faction Likud.

Nor did Freeman shrink at naming the source of the noxious campaign of slander against him.

"The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods and an utter disregard for the truth."

"A lobby," Steve Rosen confided in an AIPAC internal memo, "is like a night flower; it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun."

Yes, and long ago, Al Smith addressed the age-old problem of the Rosens within: "The best way to kill anything un-American is to drag it out into the open, because anything un-American cannot live in the sunlight."

Well done, Ambassador Freeman.

Patrick Buchanan is the author of the new book "Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War." To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at



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Sir;... How do you dare to support Charles Freeman against the Israel Lobby.... Are you bullet proof, or immune to corruption??? I don't care is Mr. Freeman belongs in our pantheon of heroes; he was a fool to speak truth in regard to Israel....Some people are allergic to the truth... Tell the truth around them, and they go all out of sorts, start itchen and scratchen, and having a fit...Mr. Freeman should have understood that there is but one rule in regard to Israel/U.S. relations, and it is this:... Israel is a victim, and can do not wrong, and all it does out of the perception of self defense is justified without need for trial, or scrutiny...Any man who never forgets that fact is safe... You are not safe... I am not safe... All the Jews who know the truth, and dare to speak the truth are not safe.... The only hope we have is that Israel cannot kill us all, and expect to escape notice... That is fine for the ones who escape, but won't they all take a lesson, and shut up their mouths??? The land of God is a perfect killing field, and the people of God are perfect killers, and God forbid that we should be allowed to have anyone sensitive to that fact in a sensitive post in our government... Mr. Freeman thought the Israel Lobby was too powerful.... If he had any sense he would have written his will, washed his shorts, and bought a plot in a shady grove before messing with Israel.... Unemployment is the least of his worries...It may be the least of yours.... You know they send a message with many small calibre bullet holes... If they don't like you; you will just die... Some one will ask if you can you smell this, and you are dead....At your age, death will be considered from natural causes... So watch your step, and I'll watch mine... Better to be quiet than to execute yourself with your own mouth... What do you think???Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:35 AM
The Assassins are also thieves.
An Almost Unified Economic Field Theory, constantly under revision: (Revision is the polish I put on the apple that just recently fell on my head.)
Tom Dennen, March, 2009.
Blame Allocation is a remnant of the Victorian Working Class, which knew to get far, far away and hide.
On average, every forty-six years, for the last three hundred years, there has been a commodity peak in the world's stock markets, followed by a crash, followed by a depression (and the theft of a generation's wealth.)
(The statement is paraphrased from "The Great Reckoning" by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg, Sidgwick & Jackson published, yes, in 1993).
Theft is my interpretation of their observation of these last six events because once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, three times is a Declaration of War. Four times is the realization that the Declaration fell on deaf ears, five times is simple daylight rape and plunder – the sixth time is perhaps a lesson finally learned.:
There is a nine-year period between the commodity peak and the crash. Add forty-six years to that (the average number of years between peak and crash) and you have a boom-bust cycle twice every hundred years or once a generation, meaning every generation for the last three hundred years got good and plucked:
From The Great Reckoning:
· First Time: Commodity prices peaked in London in 1711 (Long before America came into the economic picture). The South Sea Bubble burst nine years later in 1720. Depression followed.
· Second: Producer prices peaked in London in 1763. The London stock market crashed again in 1772 (nine years later). Depression followed.
· Third: Commodity prices peaked in London in 1816.The London stock market crashed in 1825 (nine years
later). Depression followed.
· Fourth: Wholesale prices peaked in New York in 1864. A worldwide assets crash began in May 1873 (nine years later). Depression followed.
· Fifth: Then followed our beloved Great Depression in the 30s, about which much has been said, from which,
little learned.
· Sixth: Commodity prices peaked some fifty years later in Tokyo, in 1980. The Tokyo stock market peaked in 1989 (again, nine years later) and crashed in 1990. The depression following that crash is now upon us.
Is there room for a loaded question here?
Look around you and do the math: The last depression is called The Great Depression.
I call this one ‘Grand Theft Planet' ©.
Loaded Question: Given that (our only scapegoat for this theft) Bernie Madoff will not be tried, the question, “where is the money?” will not arise and there is every possibility that the American government will reimburse his victims.
If, however, Madoff was head of just another finance company that went bust, tough on his investors – Why?
Leave it hanging.
Change is essential to the development of any thinking.
‘A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody (already) knew' – William James, brother of novelist Henry.
Here then is not a new idea, but one of which you are already fully aware, so forgive any small self-indulgence – a whiff of arrogance, by chance – on my part in the presumption that you are already here with me in this observation of the obvious:
I call it my General Field Theory of Economic Behavior, for lack of anything more worthy, simply because no economic thinking that I am aware of has ever been applied to this repetitive global economic behavior ('boom-bust cycles') in this light – all studies, observations and theses have been just that, from Smith's "hidden hand" to the Laizer-Faire Austrians, to Keynes' "use The Hand to fiddle with the system" – theories.
Nothing more, and certainly never applied to the real world of actual economic behavior in the marketplace where I gamble on the prices of corn, pork bellies, sorghum, potatoes, grapes, oranges and sometimes antique collectables called Credit Default Swaps.
As far as I know there have been no attempts in universities or in any other similar think tank type establishments at an understanding of the how of which in a million ways people complicate the use of money and, again which, until now, remains a field that appears to be untilled, unseeded and unharvested, yet terminally exploited once a generation has accumulated some.
Until this observation of mine opens it, hopefully, to at least some gleaning.
Economic literature is much like the literatures of psychology where ‘Freudian' theory, 'Existentialist phenomenological' theory, (Neurolinguistically speaking) make people think that there is substance in the reduction of speculation to the written word.
Nothing wrong with theory, of course; so, having boarded the train, this, like any other uniform ‘theory', my General
Economic Theory has to apply to every aspect of the complications people can possibly make in the use of money.
And it has to be just as simple as E=Mc2:
And it is: Money = Food.
From Peasant to Prince: In all of history, food must be on both tables for any society to function.
Now, I could discourse at length here; go into discussions involving philosophy, politics, religion, and then argue for some time in every one of those categories and more.
But not for too long for without a good breakfast and a cuppa, dear, you will not be capable of rebuttal however unintelligently I might seem to you to argue.
Aristotle's belief that touching was required for one object to exert a force on another object together with his ideas that a constant velocity requires that a constant force be exerted held back ideas of gravity for nearly 2000 years!
Held back?
Yup. Gravity does not ‘touch' you, so a great philosopher's thinking actually held back the arrival of a great truth – Newton's theory of gravity – for two thousand years.
So: Life equals energy, which equals matter multiplied by the speed of light squared, a truth that arrived about a hundred years ago in the mind of one Mr. Albert Einstein, who also observed (since this is my opening salvo on economic reality) that “the greatest force in the universe is compound interest.”
Einstein's theory of gravitation was completely different to Newton's, and certainly in opposition to Aristotle's: Rather than believing gravity to be a mysterious force that simply attracted objects towards one another he saw gravity as a warping of the shape of space and the flow of time (commonly referred to as the space-time continuum).
He described a gravitational field as a curvature of space-time caused by the mass inhabiting that continuum.
He also believed that as energy is equivalent to mass (from E = mc2) it would be possible for a gravitational field to interact with the energy of light in the same way that he saw it interacting with mass, with the result being the bending of light in strong gravitational fields all of which were relatively congruent.
One physical, abrupt, observable and applicable function of Einstein's Theory of Relativity:
So what has held back the idea that general wealth is available with our Garden of Eden resources?
Usury, also called compound interest.
A simple idea that kept general wealth from everyone in every nation.
Money is much simpler than Relativity, but should not blow you up. What happens instead is that it gets stolen every fifty years or so – when it accumulates again – because the victim generation somehow 'forgets' to tell the next one about debt: the result of illegally forcing compound interest and usury on innocent civilians.
This is being written – with many comments and criticisms hopefully expected – with the idea that the next generation, the one we will not allow to suffer another Grand Theft Planet, because its population – we will no longer be here - will finally be educated and know how to hold on to its wealth.
Money equals the solar energy contained in food in one sense, but it is really just a vehicle of transaction from one state of energy to another state.
Everything else money is used for that does not walk on a direct path from the peasant farmer's produce to the Priest / Prince who eats that farmer's wealth, is speculation on the nature of money which, by itself, is nothing more than a temporal transactional smoothing substance equivalent to a good lubricant – and, because “you can't take it with you” it's essentially worthless, especially if one agrees that the most valuable thing you can own is your next breath.
Food is everything.
Carbon dioxide is the food of our food, the plants we eat absorb carbon dioxide, 'global warming' is just another scam to take some of your wealth in 'carbon taxes'.
In support of this, please read what remains of Hammurabi's Code.
And then, in the light of Hammurabi's contribution to my theory, consider the Ten Commandments.
And then, with those two suggestions in mind, think about this: The Law we live under today is based on one, and only one, principle - embedded in Hammurabi's Code, the Ten Commandments and in today's harsh remnants of Roman Dutch law: it boils down to the reality of living:
"Thou shalt not interrupt the chain of commerce that brings the farmer's produce – our collective wealth – to the prince's table."
That is the fundamental law of economics.
And the 'gravity' that makes us obey the fundamental law? Two French words: Mort (death) gage (cage).
(For a very interesting reference, see Tacitus' “The Annals of
Comment: #2
Posted by: Tom Dennen
Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:37 AM
Re: Tom Dennen
We do not have to succumb to the criminals. We simply should vote out anyone who agrees with them. Meantime, send
the dual loyalty thugs to the country of their real loyalty, not dual really. They use America for a foreign country with
an apartheid, racist and bigoted system of government, they ignore international law and go after the weak for greed
and power. They pad the pockets of those who have some power of the vote and turn our corruptible politicians into thieves.
They had Bush by the throat. Too bad he was such a weak president and too bad Mr. Obama failed Mr. Freeman. Bad
omen. And then there are the corrupt get-rich-quick charlatan so-called "Christian," televangelists. They are not real
Christians - like Bush they bleat like lambs but travel with wolves.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Lujean Cameron
Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:29 AM
Mr. Sweeney ... right on! I'm just hoping that many more will have the balls to say something ... ANYTHING ... about these policies which are driven by israeli lobbies, mainly AIPAC. Unfortunately it has come to us losing more lives in wars that mean NOTHING to the US, in order to realize that the US 'has been had.' Lets hope it can be repaired or corrected. But I don't have much faith as I see the 'neoconella' Hillary and the israeli Rahm Israel Emanuel basically at the helm. Lets hope I'm wrong.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Ali Mogharabi
Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:29 AM
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