Laura Rozen gets the scoop that Chas Freeman, the president of the Saudi-funded Middle East Policy Council, is in line to become chairman of President Obama's National Intelligence Council. Freeman is well-known for his hostility toward Israel, but what's more substantively troubling about this report is the obvious inappropriateness of hiring a well-known advocate for the interests of Middle Eastern autocracies to produce national intelligence estimates for the Obama Administration. It would be inappropriate to appoint an official of AIPAC to run the National Intelligence Council (though it must be said that AIPAC doesn't receive any funding from the Israeli government) and it seems inappropriate to give the job to a Saudi sympathizer as well.
The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?