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Freeman is very much right-of-center. He was Clinton's Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Earlier he was Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

He's past Middle East Policy Council president. He co-chaired the US China Policy Foundation. He held numerous other public and private positions.

He serves as Atlantic Council lifetime director. In 1961, former Secretaries of State Dean Acheson and Christian Herter established it. It was done to support NATO. 

Its past and current members include Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, James Schlesinger, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski, James Jones, Condoleezza Rice, Richard Holbrooke, Susan Rice, and an array of current and former top military officials.

In mid-January, he addressed the Middle East Policy Council. He and other speakers spoke on "whether the Obama administration can or should formulate a (Middle East) 'grand strategy,' and in either case how should policy-making address urgent (regional) problems."

He discussed the "US Grand Strategy in the Middle East. Is There One ," he asked? His comments touched important nerves. They were hard-hitting and forthright.

Current and former officials rarely make them. They're seldom heard in Washington. Media scoundrels suppress them. They're vital and need to be made known.

There's been "no American-led peace process worthy of the name for nearly two decades," said Freeman. No prospect of resuming one looms.

"No one in the international community now accepts the pretense of a 'peace process' as an excuse for American protection of Israel."

US diplomacy is "perceived to be going nowhere."

Barring "fundamental changes in Israeli politics, policies, and behavior," America's longstanding strategic objective "of achieving (Israeli) acceptance (to) stabilize the region (is) now infeasible."

America abandoned trying. It's concerned only about "sheltering it from the need to deal with the unpalatable realities its own choices have created."

Israel wasted over 45 years spurning "land for peace." It "consistently demonstrated that it craves land more than peace, international reputation, good will, or legitimacy."

It's "isolated from its neighbors." There's "no prospect of reversing this." It has itself to blame.

Washington can do nothing to change things. It's true "despite the adverse consequences (for) American standing in the region and world."

Israeli politics reflect "blatant racism and Islamophobia." Occupation "kafkaesque tyranny" institutionalized "cruel and unusual collective punishment"."

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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