Freeman made the accusation of disloyalty twice more:
"There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government — in this case, the government of Israel. …
I regret that my willingness to serve the new administration has ended by casting doubt on its ability to consider, let alone decide what policies might best serve the interests of the United States rather than those of a Lobby intent on enforcing the will and interests of a foreign government."
And yet, coverage of the Freeman withdrawal in the mainstream media has ignored these allegations.
The charge of disloyalty stems from a very simple fact: Jews sometimes have interests as Jews that are not the same as the interests of the society as a whole. And because the organized Jewish community has often had power far beyond its numbers, there is a very real possibility that Jewish influence would compromise the interests of the society as a whole. We have already seen this in the successful neoconservative promotion of the war in Iraq — the focus of Buchanan’s ire (and by now proved beyond a shadow of a doubt with an avalanche of other treatises on the subject). Of course, right now, the conflict revolves around Israel and the “existential threat” it sees in Iran.
And from Pat Buchanan,
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 Admiral 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.
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."
In 'The Lord of The Rings' there was a character called Gollum. In his origins he had been consumed with greed and petty ambitions and did not hesitate to kill to acquire a magic ring.
This ring, ill gotten as it was, prolonged his life so that he lived for centuries. But guilt overcame him and he burrowed beneath the mountains to escape the light of the sun. Then, after having lost his "precious", he became a wanderer in the world, ever seeking the one who had become the ring's new possessor.
Upon finding the ring's new keeper Gollum ingratiated himself towards him and began to offer up "advice" on which roads to take.
When it was shown that he had lied and misled others into danger in the hopes of seeing them destroyed, he would wail and scream that he was being unjustly persecuted.
He was, never-the-less, allowed to sojourn on with the ring's new keeper.
Eventually, as the new keeper attempted to do the right thing in destroying the magic ring in the fires from which it was forged, Gollum attacked him and bit the ring off his hand.
His victory was short lived however as, while dancing in celebration, he slipped and fell to a fiery death, taking the accursed ring with him and thus breaking the dark power that had held sway over the land.
Shortly after the dark forces of middle-earth were scattered and destroyed, beginning a new and hopeful era for the men of The West...