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Straight Talk on US/Israeli Relations

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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