Madeleine Albright is a woman of great accomplishments. She was the first female Secretary of State when she served in the position from 1997-2001 under President Bill Clinton, and before that she was our Ambassador to the United Nations. Even if I disagree with many of her liberal political opinions, I can admit that she has some serious foreign policy chops.
This is why I was so blown away by her extremely misleading and hypocritical argument on why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouldn’t come to the US to speak to Congress in March. She was on MSNBC (of course) speaking to Andrea Mitchell when she slammed Netanyahu’s attempts to “interfere in our internal affairs.” She then went on to say, “I don’t want to interfere in Israeli internal affairs. But it strikes me that there’s an awful lot going on in his neighborhood, in the Middle East, and that’s where he should be.”
(The “interfering” reference comes at about the 5:30 mark.)
Look, I’m not trying to stir up a debate about American foreign policy here, but doesn’t it seem just a wee bit hypocritical for us to be telling Israel not to interfere in our politics – when all we seem to do is interfere in theirs?
I mean, we are constantly dictating to the Israeli government on how they deal with their neighbors and on how they respond to the near constant terror attacks on Israeli soil! Our entire relationship with Israel is built on our interference in their political life!
Maybe President Obama should call the former Secretary of State and tell her to get off of her high horse before she falls. Netanyahu was invited to speak to Congress by the Speaker of the House. He’s done nothing wrong in accepting that invite and using it to discuss the fact that Iran has become a graver threat than ever over the last few years.
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