Obama Loses His Intelligence… Pick

Golly, but Obama does struggle to put together an Administration: Intelligence Pick Withdraws Name Amid Controversy:

Chas Freeman, the former ambassador appointed to be the military’s top intelligence analyst, has withdrawn his name following complaints from Democratic and Republican lawmakers who said he was too entangled in foreign affairs to handle the job.

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, who originally appointed Freeman to the post of National Intelligence Council chairman, announced the move in a statement Tuesday.

“Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret,” the statement said.

The announcement came just hours after Blair defended Freeman before a Senate committee.

But Freeman had become a lightning rod since he was tapped two weeks ago for the post.

Lawmakers had objected to several controversial statements Freeman has made about Israel and Iraq. And they said the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia was too close to that country, as well as China.

One wonders how Obama can govern effectively when he’s now putting in place is second, third, and even fourth choices (I think, it’s hard to keep straight). Wait a moment: did this blog just use the phrase “…Obama can govern effectively…”? Sorry, my bad.

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