Matt Yglesis, in an unintentionally hilarious post, writes:
Chas Freeman, designated head of the National Intelligence Council, has all the right enemies. And his enemies are going after him because they don’t like the fact that he’s criticized Israel in strong terms in the past. But that said, just because his enemies are bad people delving into his financial ties to China and Saudi Arabia in bad faith doesn’t mean that his enemies don’t have the goods. Apparently there’s going to be an independent Inspector General looking into some of the financing behind the Middle East Policy Council and Freeman’s service on the board of a Chinese oil company. I’m not thrilled to see things take this turn, but at the same time I don’t think this is the hill I want to die on. Randy Scheunemann’s foreign lobbying was a problem, the lack of transparency around the Clinton Global Initiative’s finances was a problem, and I think it’s legitimate to see problems in Freeman’s relationships, too.
(I’ll not bother repeating Yglesiasis’s ad hominem attack on Jamie Kirchick, which follows the above.)
Now the “bad people” delving into his finances, strictly speaking, include the Obama administration. So if Yglesias concedes the “bad” people actually have “the goods” on Freeman’s conflicts of interest then those supposedly “bad” people are right about Freeman. And the “good” people defending the Saudi toady would be what, exactly? Foolish? Uninformed?
Well, now that Freeman’s knee-jerk support from the left is fading perhaps the Obama administration will throw in the towel as well. And then we can get around to asking what in the dickens is wrong with Admiral Blair.
UPDATE: Word now comes that Chuck Schumer has expressed his concerns directly to Rahm Emanuel. I’d give Freeman until Friday afternoon when in a classic bad news dump before a weekend he can be shoved under that bus.