Mr. Free­man’s judg­ment may be tainted be­cause of a de­sire to stay in the good graces of the House of Saud for his postNIC ca­reer. As long as we are fight­ing a global war on Is­lamic ter­ror­ism, Mr. Free­man’s judg­ment as a de facto em­ployee of the Saudi gove

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re­source for Amer­i­can teach­ers called “Arab World Stud­ies Note­book.” This note­book in­cludes bizarre his­tor­i­cal anom­alies, such as that Mus­lims in­hab­ited the New World in pre-Columbian times, and English ex­plor­ers met “Iro­quois and Al­go­nquin chiefs with names like Ab­dul-Rahim and Ab­dal­lah Ibn Ma­lik.” icy in the re­gion, in­clud­ing a strat­egy of “buy­ing off Fatah and starv­ing Ha­mas” that is “an Is­raeli plan that Wash­ing­ton has had to ac­cept” (fall 2007 is­sue). Mr. Free­man’s will­ing­ness to push th­ese ex­treme po­si­tions for fi­nan­cial re­ward is trou­bling.

The chair­man of the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Coun­cil serves ing a global war on Is­lamic ter­ror­ism, Mr. Free­man’s judg­ment as a de facto em­ployee of the Saudi gov­ern­ment should trou­ble cit­i­zens and sup­port­ers of the United States.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion should also find it troul­ing. The new pres­i­dent has pledged to run a trans­par­ent op­er­a­tion.

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