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Did Chas Freeman Peddle a Saudi Curriculum?

Chas Freeman, the Obama administration’s pick to head the National Intelligence Council, in 2005 spoke about the activities of the Middle East Policy Council, the Saudi-funded think-tank he headed (the MEPC, unlike the Clinton Foundation, still has not released its list of donors). At the conclusion of Freeman’s remarks, he stated:

…We train high school teachers throughout the country – trained about 18,000 – how to teach about Arab civilization and Islam.

Neither Freeman nor the Middle East Policy Council have released the curriculum they used to train these teachers. The curriculum may be perfectly straight forward and academic. But given Freeman is, in effect, to be the administration’s top analyst, it would be useful and, indeed, quite relevant to see what such a brilliant man as Freeman sees as the ideal curriculum. A tool to train teachers certainly should not be secret. Ambassador Freeman, why doesn’t the Middle East Policy Council publish its curriculum online? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to reach far more than 18,000 teachers? There shouldn’t be any reason to hide it, should there?

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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