More second thoughts by pro-Israel Obama supporters

Ed Lasky
The WaPo publishes an op-ed on Chas Freeman by the Bush-loathing, Obama- loving Jon Chait. Chait penned a column and cover article "Why I hate George Bush", but has some new problems now. At least Marty Peretz and now Jonathan Chait -- both of the New Republic -- are getting a queasy feeling these days. Credit them with some courage to issue some measure of mea culpa(s).

Both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have given space to critics of Freeman. Nothing from the New York Times, though they have given Freeman the opportunity to publish more than a few of his op-eds over the years.

Most of President Obama's "missteps" to date have been Washington peccadilloes of the "let's find something to complain about" sort. But Obama has made one major mistake that has attracted little public attention: his appointment of Charles Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman was attacked by pro-Israel activists, but the contretemps over Freeman's view of Israel misses the broader problem, which is that he's an ideological fanatic.


The WaPo publishes an op-ed on Chas Freeman by the Bush-loathing, Obama- loving Jon Chait. Chait penned a column and cover article "Why I hate George Bush", but has some new problems now. At least Marty Peretz and now Jonathan Chait -- both of the New Republic -- are getting a queasy feeling these days. Credit them with some courage to issue some measure of mea culpa(s).

Both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have given space to critics of Freeman. Nothing from the New York Times, though they have given Freeman the opportunity to publish more than a few of his op-eds over the years.

Most of President Obama's "missteps" to date have been Washington peccadilloes of the "let's find something to complain about" sort. But Obama has made one major mistake that has attracted little public attention: his appointment of Charles Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman was attacked by pro-Israel activists, but the contretemps over Freeman's view of Israel misses the broader problem, which is that he's an ideological fanatic.