Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) did something this past week that was likely a purposeful attempt at “tweaking” the White House and making some in the Obama administration a little upset. (It worked.) Without consulting the White House (or any Democrats), he chose to invite the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to come and speak before a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu gladly accepted (even knowing that their could be backlash since the White House was left out of the loop) saying “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons that would be aimed at the State of Israel. This effort is worldwide and I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the State of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence.”
But bigger than the idea that Boehner somehow broke protocol by not consulting President Obama first is the odd way that the White House has handled the controversy. Instead of simply saying ‘Boehner broke protocol – but of course, we’ll meet with Netanyahu who is our friend and ally,’ they threw a hissy fit and said they couldn’t meet with him while he was here!
It’s a strange way to treat a friend as close to us as Israel, no? I’m not the only one who thinks so – Charles Krauthammer at Fox News said that, “Obama is treating Israel the way you would treat either a child or an enemy.“
Yikes! Those should be fighting words… except that everyone seems to agree.
Look, Obama is treating Israel the way you would treat either a child or an enemy. He has very nice soft words about the Iranians. He says how they have not violated the interim agreement, how they have frozen their program, which they haven’t. He doesn’t talk about their influence in Yemen.
A brigadier general of Iran was killed on the Golan Heights on Sunday. What are Iranian generals doing in the Golan Heights? They are using their control of Syria to open a front against Israel and against others, it’ll be Jordan tomorrow. And yet none of this emerges. Obama has a vision, a fantasy of an agreement like Nixon in China agreement with Iran. It’s going to change the Middle East and defang Iran. In fact, it will make it a nuclear power and it will be in control of this Arab Middle East. That’s how the Saudis see it, the UAE sees it, and that is why they are scared to death.
What strikes me most about the controversy with Israel (especially as it pertains to Iran) is that everyone sees it. Even the main stream media outlets like CNN, NBC and CBS were scratching their heads after the State of the Union wondering what world Obama was living in. Most of his foreign policy commentary was either dead wrong or flat-out fantasy! Richard Engel of NBC even took the extraordinary step of calling the President out on his ridiculous foreign policy assessment immediately after the SOTU. So why does the President keep on moving in this terrible direction? It makes no sense – unless he truly is a “Manchurian Candidate.”
I’ve never bought into the conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama, for various and sundry reasons, so I don’t know what scares me more — Obama’s foreign policy or the fact that I am now actually considering if he’s doing this all on purpose?
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