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Chas Freeman’s Analytical Abilities

Well, Chas Freeman has officially been appointed to head the NIC. A lot of unsourced praise out there for the former ambassador’s analytical abilities, although there have been few if any examples of Freeman’s analysis out there to substantiate the praise.

So what about Freeman’s written record?  Here he is heaping praise on a screwy book written by the once (and future?) Middle East editor for Lyndon LaRouche’s magazine.

The Obama administration has shown it isn’t so interested in vetting, but perhaps it’s a fair question to ask such a brilliant analyst such as Freeman what books he thinks best on U.S. strategy, the Middle East, East Asia, or any other region of concern.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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