Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chas Freeman's Defeat, a Neocon Win

As the neocons flexed their still potent muscles in media circles and think tanks, Freeman saw his approach to foreign policy decried as “realist” and his political support evaporate, a development he now addresses in a book, as David Swanson reports:

Whistleblowing takes many forms but almost always involves the disillusionment of an insider with the nature of what he or she is inside.

Leaking secret documents exposing dramatic crimes and abuses is one way to blow a whistle. Another, equally valuable approach, is to publish a lengthy analysis of your experiences in government service. This is what Chas Freeman has done with his new book, America's Misadventures in the Middle East, which he will discuss in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Chas Freeman to chair the National Intelligence Council. However, a vilification campaign orchestrated by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) blocked Freeman's appointment. As Freeman recounts:

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