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November 19, 1976 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-11-19

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Friday, November 19, 1976 5

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Critic of Gen. Brown's Bias Loses High Pentagon Position

WASHINGTON (JTA)
— The chief civilian intel-
ligence specialist on Mid-
dle East affairs for the
U.S. Air Force, who
had publicly criticized
Gen. George S. Brown's
views on Israel, is out of a
job and Brown is not
about to help him get it
back.
Joseph Churba, a
former university profes-
sor who has been with the
Air Force for more than
P—fight years, resigned
v. 11, the day after
_ Gen. George Keegan,
Air Force intelligence
chief to whom he was a
special assistant, strip-
ped him of access to intel-
ligence information fol-
lowing his criticism of the
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Chiefs of Staff.
Brown's media assis-
tant, Navy Capt. Sid
Wright was asked
whether Brown has been
involved in any way in the
Churba case and whether
he would forgive Churba
for his criticism. Wright
later said he "posed the
questions" to Brown and
had two remarks: Brown
had "no involvement
whatsoever" and he had
"no other comments on
any aspect" of the case.
Earlier, Maj. Mike
Burch of the Pentagon's
public affairs office said
that "no one asked for his
resignation" and that a
paper Churba had written
last summer that saw U.S.
elements tilting towards
the Arabs against Israel
could be released by
Churba provided it dis-
claimed connection with
official policy.
Burch read a Pentagon
statement that said when
Churba accepted the job
on Keegan's staff about
four years ago he was ad-
vised that the intelli-
gence information to
which he would have ac-
cess would "require some
limitation on his prior
freedom to write and
speak publicly" and that
"his demonstrated un-
willingness to accept
those limitations would
preclude his continued
access to sensitive infor-
mation."
churba said his article
was unclassified, that is,
free of official secrecy,
and carried the dis-
claimer. Brown was not
mentioned in it, he said.
According to Churba,
his paper argued that
there is a strategic
rationale for close ties be-
tween Israel and the
United States. It is not
necessarily a question of
the U.S. choosing be-
tween Israel and the
Arabs, but that the U.S.
could have a relationship
on its own terms with
both Israel and the Arab
states, he noted. Another
point, Churba said, was
that "from the viewpoint
of strategic interests, Is-
rael is an asset and not a
liability as is commonly
argued by Arab-oriented
circles in the U.S., includ-
ing the government."
Brown was disMosed
last month as having de-
clared in an interview that
Israel is a military burden
to the U.S. Later, however,
under pressure from Pres-
ident Ford, he told a news
conference that his com-
ments did not indicate dis-
agreement with the U.S.
policy of aiding Israel.
Churba later told the New
York Times — on Oct. 19 —
that Brown's view about
Israel was "dangerously
irresponsible" and that it
encouraged the Arabs and
Russians to believe U.S.
backing for Israel had di-
minished.

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