March 2nd, 2009

Chris Keeley

Paul m

Paul M

Hi
 
We're obviously on the same plane, I saw the pictures of ur wedding, ur actually a good man really, just got a bit fucked up along the way.
 
My Son is 17 now, going on 35, I resisted all of the drugs available that would go into my veins, buried a lot of freinds along the way, always seemd to be the the one that got everybody out of the shit, whether talking my way out of being banged up or whatever.
 
My problem is basically the same as you had, I used everything, but refused to mainline, ended up with alcohol and good weed, after trying everything else, I now have a beautifull woman, an intelligent son who's now 17.
 
I feel like I know you, feel free to tell me to fuck off, but we seem to have a bond, did you ever know a guy called Chris Pollock, used to ride a bike and do Bhangi in Kampala, when I was slightly too you young?
 
I attach a song for you...hope you like reggae and dub?

Stoned Immaculate.mp3
Chris Keeley

Out Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz recently took out a loan against her prized photographs

http://www.afterellen.com/blog/juliamiranda/annie-leibovitz-is-in-a-jam

Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz recently took out a loan against her prized photographs in order to pay off her outstanding mortgage debt. Miss Leibovitz is not alone in suffering from the global economic crisis, but what struck me about her story was that most of her financial woes stemmed from her inheritance of her long time partner, Susan Sontag’s, estate.

http://www.afterellen.com/blog/juliamiranda/annie-leibovitz-is-in-a-jam
Chris Keeley

Amb Freeman

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
As my distinguished recipients are aware, I do not often have occasion to circulate upbeat and encouraging articles. Today, I have three -- all brief and all relating to the appointment of Ambassador Chas Freeman as the new Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
 
Articles by Tony Karon and Stephen Walt will follow separately. Transmitted below is an article from an Israeli website in which the quotations from Ambassador Freeman are presumably intended to send chills up the spine or make blood boil. However, at least for me, such uninhibited and articulate truth-speaking warms the heart.
 
Less encouragingly, Hillary Clinton's speech at today's Sharm El-Sheikh "pledging" conference, as reported by AL-JAZEERA ENGLISH, revealed not a millimeter of change from the position of abject subservience to Israel to which the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton regimes submitted and, most discouragingly, repeated the pledge never to talk or have any dealings with what Ambassador Freeman has called, accurately, "the only democratically elected government in the Arab world", which, absurdly, was not invited to attend this gathering ostensibly focused on financing the reconstruction of Gaza.
 
If Barack Obama is serious about seeking a new era of mutual respect in America's relationships with the Arab and Muslim worlds, let alone making a positive contribution to Middle East peace, this will have to change.
 
There is still time -- but not much.

New U.S. Intel Chief: Support of Israel Not a U.S. Interest
by David Lev

 (IsraelNN.com)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/130066

 

A flurry of reports over the weekend said that the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, considered a sharp critic of Israel, is to be named to a top intelligence post in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

 

Chas W. Freeman Jr., who was U.S. ambassador in Riyadh from 1989-1992, is set to be named chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which has a strong influence on the content of the intelligence briefings presented to the President (and puts together the National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, which in 2007 dissuaded the Bush regime from attacking Iran). The Council chairman is also often called on to give direct briefings to the President.

 

Typical of Freeman's viewpoints is a statement he made in a speech before the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs in 2007, in which he more or less blames international terrorist acts on Israel:

 

"American identification with Israeli policy has also become total. Those in the region and beyond it who detest Israeli behavior, which is to say almost everyone, now naturally extend their loathing to Americans. This has had the effect of universalizing anti-Americanism, legitimizing radical Islamism, and gaining Iran a foothold among Sunni as well as Shiite Arabs. For its part, Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians; it strives instead to pacify them. Palestinian retaliation against this policy is as likely to be directed against Israel’s American backers as against Israel itself. Under the circumstances, such retaliation – whatever form it takes – will have the support or at least the sympathy of most people in the region and many outside it. This makes the long-term escalation of terrorism against the United States a certainty, not a matter of conjecture."

 

Freeman also is a strong advocate of talking to Hamas, which he says "is the only democratically-elected government in the Arab world." In his speech, Freeman said that "Hamas is showing that if we offer it nothing but unreasoning hostility and condemnation, it will only stiffen its position and seek allies among our enemies. In both cases, we forfeit our influence for no gain."

 

Freeman says that Israel must be pressured to accept the American point of view, which does not coincide with its own. "We must talk with all parties, whatever we think of them or their means of struggle. Refusal to reason with those whose actions threaten injury to oneself, one's friends, and one's interests is foolish, feckless, and self-defeating. That is why it is past time for an active and honest discussion with both Israel and the government Palestinians have elected, which – in an irony that escapes few abroad – is the only democratically-elected government in the Arab world."

 

In another speech Freeman said:

 

"We destroyed the Iraqi state and catalyzed anarchy, sectarian violence, terrorism, and civil war in that country... Meanwhile, we embraced Israel’s enemies as our own; they responded by equating Americans with Israelis as their enemies. We abandoned the role of Middle East peacemaker to back Israel’s efforts to pacify its captive and increasingly ghettoized Arab populations. We wring our hands while sitting on them as the Jewish state continues to seize ever more Arab land for its colonists. This has convinced most Palestinians that Israel cannot be appeased and is persuading increasing numbers of them that a two-state solution is infeasible. It threatens Israelis with an unwelcome choice between a democratic society and a Jewish identity for their state. Now the United States has brought the Palestinian experience – of humiliation, dislocation, and death – to millions more in Afghanistan and Iraq. Israel and the United States each have our reasons for what we are doing, but no amount of public diplomacy can persuade the victims of our policies that their suffering is justified, or spin away their anger, or assuage their desire for reprisal and revenge.”

 

Chris Keeley

tony Karon

http://www.thenational.ae:80/article/20090301/OPINION/278172042/1080

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
Transmitted below is Tony Karon's Freeman-related article, as published in THE NATIONAL (Abu Dhabi).
 

 

Who will win the battle for Obama’s ear on Iran?

Tony Karon

March 01. 2009

http://www.thenational.ae:80/article/20090301/OPINION/278172042/1080

 

A week is a long time in Washington, especially for the influential Israel lobby. Last Monday it had cause to celebrate the appointment of one of its favourite sons, Dennis Ross, as the State Department’s point-man on Iran. But on Friday came the announcement that Charles Freeman is to be President Obama’s National Intelligence Council chairman – the superspook who distils the gleanings of America’s 16 different intelligence agencies into the authoritative National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) that guide US policy.

 

NIEs were key to the Bush administration’s case for war with Iraq, and the Iran NIE has become a fierce battleground between the traditional intelligence establishment and the neoconservatives and Israel lobby, who were furious when the 2007 NIE suggested that Iran was not currently engaged in nuclear weapons work. Israel and its supporters peddle alarmist views of Iran’s nuclear activities, not bothering to distinguish between developments that would give Iran the means to pursue nuclear weapons and the actual pursuit of such weapons (the international and US intelligence consensus is that Iran has not yet taken a decision to build nuclear weapons; the concern is its nuclear energy infrastructure puts such weapons within reach).Collapse )

Chris Keeley

Walt

 
TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
 
Transmitted below is Stephen Walt's Freeman-related article, as posted on his FOREIGN POLICY Magazine-based website, http://walt.foreignpolicy.com.
 

 

Have they not a shred of decency?

Sat, 02/28/2009

By Stephen M. Walt

 

Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s infamous witch hunt against alleged communists in the U.S. government relied primarily on lies, innuendo, and intimidation. Then, at a particularly odious hearing, after McCarthy had falsely accused a young Army officer of being a communist agent, Army counsel Joseph Welch turned on the senator and shot back: "At long last, Senator McCarthy, have you not a shred of decency?"

 

I am reminded of that moment as I watch the all-too-predictable smear campaign against Charles Freeman’s appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. As soon as the appointment was announced, a bevy of allegedly “pro-Israel” pundits leapt to attack it, in what The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss called a “thunderous, coordinated assault.” Freeman’s critics were the usual suspects: Jonathan Chait of the New Republic, Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard, Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, Gabriel Schoenfeld (writing on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal), Jonah Goldberg of National Review, Marty Peretz on his New Republic blog, and former AIPAC official Steve Rosen (yes, the same guy who is now on trial for passing classified U.S. government information to Israel).

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