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March 13, 2009
Why did Blair choose Freeman to head up the NIC?
Washington Post writer Thomas Ricks, one smart man, has an idea:The U.S. military long has been less enamored of Israel than has the U.S. Congress. Navy intelligence types in particular have been wary of Israel since the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which left 34 sailors dead. Historian Michael Oren calls that controversial incident "one of the most painful chapters in the history of America's relationship with the State of Israel." By the way, I think Ricks may go too far in writing that the military as a whole has been less than enamored of Israel. The army and air force have worked closely with the Israeli Defense Forces. The relationship has been mutually beneficial. Israel has upgraded US defense equipment and shared the high tech advances with the Pentagon. Israel has also, sadly, been used as a proving ground for US military equipment. Israel has offered lessons in strategy and tactics to the Army and Air Force.Thomas Moorer, Chief of...(Read Full Post)