I’m guessing Ayers and Rev. Wright would really dig Chas Freeman’s intelligence estimates, given this snapshot:
- He thinks China was “overly cautious” in putting down the pro-democracy rally at Tiananmen Square.
- He has said, “Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians.”
- Was president of the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), a Saudi lobby group which published an “unabridged” version of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” a controversial 2006 essay that argued American Jews have a “stranglehold” on the U.S. Congress, which they employ to tilt the U.S. toward Israel at the expense of broader American interests.
- Has reportedly called out Jewish Senate staffers even in meetings not related to Israel, calling them “you people” and questioning their loyalty to America.
- He’s basically a de facto employee of Saudi Arabia and an apparent panderer to its demands. In exchange, he received lavish support for the research center he headed and lucrative contracts for the consulting firm that he founded to guide international companies into finding royal family-connected partners within the Saudi elite.
- Chas said, “The primary reason America confronts a terrorism problem today, is the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by an Israeli occupation that is about to mark its fortieth anniversary and shows no sign of ending.”
- Mr. Freeman peddled a Saudi funded textbook to American public schools which contained fabrications and propaganda such as: “Muslims found America long before Christians”; the “question of Jewish lobbying” against “American interests and concerns”; and suggested the Quran “synthesizes and perfects earlier revelations.”
- A report by the Center for Security Policy identified Freeman as a member of the so-called Iran lobby group, which has been pressing the United States to lift sanctions from and reconcile with the regime in Tehran. In a Feb. 25 report authored by Clare Lopez, the center cited Freeman’s signature on a petition in 2006 for the Bush administration to improve relations with Iran without preconditions.
- He’s on the board of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, owned by the Chinese government that is in the midst of a multibillion dollar Iranian oil deal with which may be a violation of U.S. sanctions against doing business with Iran.
- In 2005, CNOOC made a staggering, all-cash $18.5 billion offer to buy the American oil company Unocal, topping an earlier bid by ChevronTexaco. Immediately, lawmakers and many policy experts, including a broad array of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, mounted a major opposition campaign to the bid, urging the Bush administration to have the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. determine how the deal would affect national security.
- Arakan Oil Watch, a human rights organization, issued a report accusing CNOOC last October of human rights abuses and land theft in an oil prospecting venture in Burma. The accusations came less than a month after the U.S.-based EarthRights International expressed concern about China’s increasing grip on Burma’s natural resources, including through CNOOC’s ventures. The accusations against CNOOC, with Freeman on its board, ranged from land seizure to wanton pollution of rice fields and water systems with oil waste.
- Chas also has long standing ties to the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Freeman’s nomination does not need Senate approval but hopefully he’s stopped before he gets a chance to help Obama wipe out Israel.
UPDATE: Hot Air is on it.