The Middle East: Who is in Charge at the State Department?

 In “Seems like old times in Middle East”, chicagotribune.com, made the observation:

During the campaign, Obama and Clinton split dramatically on precisely these issues. The president came out repeatedly for talking to Iran, while the secretary repeatedly ripped him to pieces over it. Now they are splitting publicly over much the same issues. All of this is curious, indeed. One has to wonder who is really in charge.” 

  Many Americans ask the same question. Nomination of Denis Ross by the State Department as special adviser on Iranian issues clearly indicated that our foreign policy under President Obama would not change from those advocated by President Bush. 

Denis Ross According to Aaron David Miller, a member of the Ross-led US negotiating team in 1999-2000, under Ross they frequently acted as “Israel’s lawyer”, and their policy of “no surprises” (meaning all US proposals were first reviewed by Israel), led to a lack of negotiating flexibility and independence).

 The scandalous attack on Charles Freeman, nominated for a senior intelligence post, also would indicate depth of Israeli’s influence on the US foreign policy.    

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Author: stmichaeltraveler

Retired as scientist and university professor. I try to promote International peace and justice.

5 thoughts on “The Middle East: Who is in Charge at the State Department?”

  1. The following was posted by
    Patrick Buchanan: “The Israeli lobby at work”
    He supports the notion that not only Israel controls the US foreign policy, but she also affects our national internal policies.

    “During Richard 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 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 Barack 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 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.
    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?
    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.”

  2. Israel’s safety is not synonymous with the security of the USA.
    Keep the Israeli money out of Washington, and stop bribing US Senators and Congressmen at the expense of Americans.
    Stop sending $$Billions of American tax dollars every year to support a religious government in the Middle East.
    Iran is not a threat to the USA.
    Israel’s position in the World today is the real threat to America.
    1,300 dead in Gaza slaughter?
    America get out of the Middle East altogether. It’s not our fight!
    It goes against our own Constitution and it’s founding Fathers intentions.

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