Chas Freeman: 9/11 our fault, and the Israelis’

posted at 1:54 pm on March 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Talk about a failure in vetting!  Dennis Blair’s choice to head the National Intelligence Council and to create the critical NIEs that guide our security policies looks worse by the day.  Martin Kramer gives his analysis of Freeman and finds a Saudi apologist — and a card-carrying member of the Blame America crowd:

How important has resentment of Israel been to Al Qaeda’s terrorism? Here is one side of the argument, by an American who knows Saudi Arabia well:

The heart of the poison is the Israel-Palestinian conundrum. When I was in Saudi Arabia, I was told by Saudi friends that on Saudi TV there were three terrorists who came out and spoke. Essentially the story they told was that they had been recruited to fight for the Palestinians against the Israelis, but that once in the training camp, their trainers gradually shifted their focus away from the Israelis to the monarchy in Saudi Arabia and to the United States. So the recruitment of terrorists has a great deal to do with the animus that arises from that continuing and worsening situation.

And here is the opposing view, by an American who knows the Kingdom equally well:

Mr. bin Laden’s principal point, in pursuing this campaign of violence against the United States, has nothing to do with Israel. It has to do with the American military presence in Saudi Arabia, in connection with the Iran-Iraq issue. No doubt the question of American relations with Israel adds to the emotional heat of his opposition and adds to his appeal in the region. But this is not his main point.

So now you’ve heard two sides of the debate. Who made the first statement? Charles “Chas” Freeman, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Obama administration’s nominee to head the National Intelligence Council (NIC). Who made the second statement? Charles “Chas” Freeman, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Obama administration’s nominee to head the National Intelligence Council (NIC).

But that’s only the start of it.  Kramer notes that Freeman has a particular point of view on the cause of 9/11, too.  In a 2005 roundtable discussion hosted by his Middle East Policy Council (which included Professor Juan Cole), Freeman came up with yet another explanation of the attack that killed 3,000 Americans:

MR. FREEMAN: On the question of U.S. strikes on targets on Iran or elsewhere, I simply want to register what I think is an obvious point; namely that what 9/11 showed is that if we bomb people, they bomb back.

Uh, what?  Starting in 1993, al-Qaeda conducted a series of attacks on American targets, including the World Trade Center, Khobar Towers, two American embassies in Africa, and the USS Cole.  We didn’t attempt to bomb them until 1998, when we missed them entirely, thanks to a collapse in operational security.  We didn’t bomb the Saudis or Yemenis at any point, the two nationalities to which Osama bin Laden can lay claim, or Egypt, where Ayman al-Zawahiri was born.

And it gets better:

In 2006, Freeman finally went the extra mile, offering this explanation for 9/11:

We have paid heavily and often in treasure for our unflinching support and unstinting subsidies of Israel’s approach to managing its relations with the Arabs. Five years ago, we began to pay with the blood of our citizens here at home.

So it’s our fault, not for bombing people, but for allying ourselves with a Western-style democracy which may not be perfect but far surpasses anything else in the region.  Does Saudi Arabia offer more freedom and liberty to its people than Israel?  Jordan?  Egypt?  Syria?  Iran?

The central fallacy behind this thinking is that al-Qaeda is some kind of liberation movement.  It’s not, and neither is Hamas or Hezbollah.  These are terrorist organizations looking to impose a brutal oppression on people by the imposition of shari’a over the entirety of southwest Asia, and later the entire world.

We can’t have anyone this clueless in charge of our intelligence analyses.  The Senate needs to tell Barack Obama in no uncertain terms to dump Chas Freeman, and fast.

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I agree- appoint him, document every insane anti-American and Israeli pronouncement and run them as ads in 2010 and 2012.
Assuming Steele doesn’t find this “divisive”.

jjshaka on March 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM

The GOP elected officials have turned it into a Party of Pussys. They are more concerned about maintaining their own personal power than anything else.

Blake on March 7, 2009 at 9:06 PM

I have a personal gripe against Chas. Back in the early 90’s I was PNG’d out of Saudi because Ambassador Freeman wouldn’t return a phone call.

Not that being PNG’d out of Saudi is a bad thing…I took it as a badge of honor.

(One of these days, when HotAir has some additional bandwidth to waste, I’ll provide details.)

His nomination for this post, at this time, or any time, really, is utterly contemptible.

coldwarrior on March 7, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Holy cow, coldwarrior. I’ll be sure to read when you do (lay down some serious bandwidth, that is ;).

Someone I work with just got back from a trip to Saudi Arabia — in one piece. I take that as a victory.

(Of course the Saudis needed something from him, and still need something from him, so…)

RD on March 7, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Ok, since no one else is going to admit it…I hated this guy, before I found out he was a Saudi bootlicking, frothing anti semite, for the simple reason that he calls himself ‘Chas’ instead of Charles. It’s one of those stupid Ivy League nicknames like Biff or Muffy. He sounds like a character from Trading Places. Just the name alone told me he was a flaming a**hole. A little bit of google just filled in the blanks. Now granted, he’s a perfect symbolic pick for the Obama administration, but for the sake and security of the country, this turd needs to be flushed out of this position.

austinnelly on March 8, 2009 at 12:08 AM

coldwarrior on March 7, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Your life, thus far, has obviously been …. very interesting!


As for freeman, he’s right – on both counts! Neither Israel, nor the USA has been anywhere near tough enough when dealing with those who wish their demise.

OldEnglish on March 8, 2009 at 12:09 AM

I’d feel bad about this…., if Jews didn’t vote lockstep with Democrats and put this whole debacle into motion.

The chickens have come home to roost…….

Star20 on March 8, 2009 at 12:58 AM

Why any jew votes democrat escapes me entirely. Maybe ANOTHER epic fail from Obambi might sway a few of them next time. God has chosen them, now they have to choose themselves.

Mojave Mark on March 8, 2009 at 1:15 AM

Shameful that we are getting so many doofi (pl. of doofus)in our government now.

CinnamongirlUF on March 8, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Obama/Soetoro is officially the worst and most dangerous President in U.S. history.

Pulitzers lying around everywhere and the MSM? Chuckles Gibson?

}}} crickets {{{

ex-Democrat on March 8, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Jews who vote Dhimmicrat are human secularists first, aka JINOs.

ex-Democrat on March 8, 2009 at 9:56 AM

We can’t have anyone this clueless in charge of our intelligence analyses. The Senate needs to tell Barack Obama in no uncertain terms to dump Chas Freeman, and fast.

This is just more tripe from those who have thrown in with Rush Limbaugh. If Obama doesn’t get the appointments he wants, then his policies fail, and Rush wins;-)

On the other hand, it’s impossible to imagine his policies succeeding if he does get the appointments he wants.

The logical conclusion is indisputable.

Let’s just hope it’s only Obama who fails, and not the rest of America.

unclesmrgol on March 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Most people don’t know the George Soros is an admitted Nazi collaborator yet Soros admitted on 60 Minutes that he was the God-son of the Nazi-Overlord in Hungary and Soros fingered his own Jewish people for the gas chambers in Auchwitz either.
Why did I know about Freeman’s views?
For God’s sake people, you have the internet, start USING it!

nelsonknows on March 9, 2009 at 6:01 AM

P.O.-(President Obama) wouldn’t surprise us if he appealed to Farrakan for input as to how to solve “the Jewish Problem”. P.O. is that tone deaf,with regards to diplomacy.
We’ve survived the Carter/Clinton years, we will survive the P.O. era.

Doug on March 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM

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