... the Republicans will treat all intelligence assessments on the Middle East as suspect. Unlike all the brilliant intelligence that they treated with such skepticism under Bush. Also:

Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair also wrote committee members late last week, CQ's Tim Starks reports, that Freeman's Middle East Policy Council has received no more than a twelfth of its annual budget from Saudi Arabia and that he never discussed the Chinese oil company CNOOC's dealings with Iran while on the company's board. The letter also disclosed that the MEPC job provided Freeman with between $76,000 and $84,000 annually, Starks reports.

It looks as if he won't be gotten on financial stuff.

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