"Charles Freeman Jr.’s withdrawal of his acceptance of a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration was a national-security drama more riveting than an episode of “24.” The moral was clear: even a president who owes his job to a progressive movement in American politics could not support a longtime public servant who had made the mistake of criticizing Israel. Fierce advocates of the Jewish state, notably Sens. Chuck Schumer and Joe Lieberman and Reps. Eric Cantor and Steve Israel, played important roles in Freeman’s exit, while present and former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee flitted in and out of the wings.
The message to all office-seekers is obvious. “They want to kill the chicken to scare the monkeys. They want other people to be intimidated,” Freeman told The American Conservative just before he withdrew his name to be chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He went on, “If the administration does not stick with me, then it’s destroying the argument that the Israel lobby is only a mythic entity and does not control the public space. … It will show the world that it is not able to exercise independent thinking on these issues.”" Weiss
I used to know Senator Joe Lieberman quite well. I met him in the course of my third or fourth career, this one as a fellow who introduced people. He is affable, polite, hospitable, and seemingly open to new ideas.
But there are a number of problems with the idea of making him Director of the FBI:
1. He is too old. The FBI Director works a very hard schedule and Joe Lieberman is 75 years old. His ten year term would end when he would be 85. This is out of the question.
2. He is a politician. His on again, off again love affair with the Democratic Party should, in itself, be a bar to appointment to head yhe US' most important national police force and counter-intelligence group. Would the Republicans other than his pals, McCain and Graham, ever trust this Democrat?
3. He was an ardent supporter of the disastrous Iraq War. He and the other Amigos, McCain the strange, and Graham the oddball South Carolinian, traveled endlessly to Iraq, usually stopping off in Tel Aviv going and/or coming for a "booster shot" in enthusiasm for the project. There surely should be some questioning of his judgment over this.
4. He has no police or investigative experience other than a period as AG of Connecticut a long time ago. He is not a cop. Nor is he a CI spook.
5. He is very close to AIPAC, the un-registered and IMO illegal Zionist lobby.
6. Ambassador Charles (Chas) Freeman is probably the most skilled US diplomat in the last century in regard to matters involving the Middle East and the Arab World. Joe was one of those who led the effort to block Freeman's appointment as head of the National Intelligence Council, a DNI function that writes all national intelligence estimates. Relentless resistance by what Freeman called "The IsraeliLobby" caused Freeman to withdraw from the process.
I URGE THE PESIDENT TO RESIST THOSE URGING HIM TO APPOINT JOE LIEBERMAN TO HEAD THE FBI. pl