The State Department has long been a stronghold of “Arabists,” (which in practice bascally means folks with no use for Israel) and so to some extent has the CIA (think of Michael Scheuer). But in the Obama administration, Arabists in the sense described above dominate at the highest levels of the national security apparatus.

Consider Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence. He selected Chas Freeman to be chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman had a long and deep association with Saudi Arabia, including service as president of that regime’s mouthpiece, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC). MEPC published an abridged version of the notorious essay by Mearsheimer and Walt, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” This tract argues that American Jews have a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress, and use it to advance Israeli interests at the expense of those of the U.S. Freeman expressly endorsed this thesis.

Freeman also argued that the September 11 attacks should have been an occasion for self-examination to determine “what might have caused the attack.” Given his record and his fealty to the Saudis, it’s quite likely that Freeman meant that September 11 should have been an occasion for re-examining U.S. support for Israel.

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