Chris Matthews Blasts Republicans For Netanyahu Speech: ‘This Was a Takeover Attempt’ (Video)

chris-matthews-netanyahuI’ve always felt Chris Matthews was underutilized on MSNBC. While Rachel Maddow is clearly the network’s star (and rightfully so), I’ve enjoyed the way Matthews seems extremely genuine when he expresses his opinions. I would love to see him square off against someone like Fox News’ Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly in a debate over various political issues, though I’m positive that will never happen.

Well, the MSNBC host went off on the speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, referring to it as an attempted “takeover” of our foreign policy by a foreign leader.

“I’ll get to the heart of this speech now,” Matthews said. “This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy. He said, ‘You should trust me, not your president on this. I am the man you should trust, I am your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself, you must listen to me and not this president.’”

“It was a startling situation,” he continued. “To allow someone to come in, knowing that was going to be their message, to the U.S. Congress. This was a decision made by Boehner and certainly complied with by Netanyahu and his ambassador. They went into the U.S. Congress to take over U.S. foreign policy from the president.”

And he’s exactly right. This was a clear setup by John Boehner, the Republican party and Netanyahu to try to undermine President Obama’s ongoing negotiations with Iran concerning their nuclear program. Again, I’m not sure how the Speaker of the House blatantly trying to sabotage a president’s foreign policy isn’t grounds for treason. Think about it – what if this ultimately turned out to be the first step toward war?

“Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of the U.S. foreign policy?” Matthews asked. “This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president.”

I feel Matthews was correct with his assessment. The intentions of Boehner and the Republican party couldn’t have been more blatant unless they had just come out and flat-out admitted that they were trying to sabotage the president’s negotiations with Iran.

Though, the reality is, this move was so brazen and obvious that I’m fairly certain that Iran’s leadership saw through this circus and realized that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it. So, at the end of the day, this pathetic move by Republicans will only serve as a prime example of just how petty and childish they can be.

Watch the segment below via MSNBC:

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  • Anthonij

    I agree fully with Chris Matthews’ assessment of the real meaning of Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress — it is completely outrageous that Boehner et al. set this up and an insult to the President and the American people that the Israeli Prime Minister took it upon himself to come to Washington and tell us what our foreign policy should be.

    The fact that Netanyahu offered no concrete alternative to the negotiations we are conducting with Iran makes it all the clearer that this speech was nothing more than a political stunt of the worst sort — to bolster his own standing in the election race in Israel and to lend support to the empty-headed jingoist stance of the Republicans. It seems Netanyahu believes we must accept his notion that the Iranians are so evil that we should not deal with them and then… what?… Just leave things as they are? Add a few more sanctions?

    I support staunchly Israel’s right to exist but the United States must pursue policies that serve our interests first. But that aside, is Netanyahu’s vision of what Israel should do even in the best interest of Israel? For example, is the continuing land-grab on the West Bank something that will contribute to the search for a resolution of the Palestinian problem? Perhaps it’s time for the US to put conditions on the generous economic and military support we give Israel each year…

  • strayaway

    Other “Takeover Attempts” during the Obama years; the following foreign leaders have all spoken in Congress:

    Poroshenko, Ukraine – You know, the guy who, according to Dennis Kucinich, our CIA helped put in after disposing Ukraine’s elected leader. Merkel of Germany, Gillard of Australia, Gordon Brown of Britain, two presidents from S. Korea, and on May 24, 2011 Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel addressed our Congress.

    This is the second time Netanyahu addressed Congress during the Obama reign. Apparently, the first time, he had the president’s free speech blessing. What a contrast although Netanyahu’s message was probably the same.

    • Andy Kinnard

      All of those speeches involved the assent of or specific invitation from the POTUS.

      Poroshenko is the elected leader of Ukraine (unless you’re agreeing with Putin about Poroshenko being a Western puppet). I feel 100% confident that, in every other context, you would call Kucinich a failed, former, socialist, Democrat (carefully avoiding “Democratic”) politician.

      You’re better than this weak rebuttal, Stray.

      • strayaway

        An invitation to speak to congress does not require a president’s participation. The executive is not in charge of Congressional affairs or censorship.

        Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych was the duly elected leader of Ukraine. Dennis Kucinich wrote an article in the Huffington Post on 9/9/13 titled, “How the White House and the CIA Are Marketing a War in the YouTube Era”.

        When asked, in March 2014, how he would have handled the Ukraine crisis had he been president, Kucinich said,
        “What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, WHICH IS WHAT THEY DID.” So, yes, Poroshenko was elected after a coup bumped off Ukraine’s elected leader and he fled the Country. Areas of Ukraine with Russian ethnic minorities were incensed and Putin took advantage of the situation. Maybe Obama shouldn’t have helped destabilize Ukraine. That didn’t work out any better than when he help overthrow Khaddafi and inadvertently turned parts of Libya into an IS training ground.

      • Andy Kinnard

        I note a complete lack of evidence that the CIA was behind the coup. I’ve heard this asserted before, but nobody ever produces any evidence.

      • strayaway

        While we are waiting for the Obama administration to announce details that it has violated international law, here are some points and a pattern that I at least consider-

        Given that recent presidents have orchestrated a number of overthrows e.g. Reagan/Nicaragua, Obama /Libya, Nixon/Chile, Bush/Iraq… one list listed 14 US overthrown governments in the last 100 years, another overthrow would be nothing new.

        Given that Obama already has a history of overthrowing governments or trying to (Libya, Syria) and some of his campaign staff finds itself busy trying to unseat Netanyahu in Israel…

        Given that administrative representatives have lied, misled, or obfuscated in front of Congress and gotten away with it (Clapper, Lerner)…

        and Given that people who are claiming the CIA and other government agencies were involved in removing Yevtushenko such as Dennis Kucinich don’t have a history of lying.

        There is at least circumstantial evidence of US meddling in Ukraine and reason to believe Kucinich. Who is denying involvement anyway?

        Going beyond that, one article, among others, suggesting names is “Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev”
        -By Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News
        25 March 14

        Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visited Ukraine in December 2013 and CIA director Brennan in April 2014. The Ukrainian revolution was in February 2014. Again, those visits might suggest some sort of involvement but, of course, they could have just been part of their family vacations.

      • Andy Kinnard

        Normally, I would put more effort into point-by-point rebuttal because I seem to have (rapidly waning) respect for you, you’re ranting like rabid Teabagger. That is some thinly connected, mostly concocted bullshit, right there.

      • strayaway

        Such is the nature of circumstantial evidence. Neither you nor I are privy to the detailed evidence Edward Snowden had access to enabling him to correct Mr. Clapper. However, given the records of a group of liars with blood on their hands vs. some people e.g. Kucinich, Ron Paul who have seen through the lies before, unlike Hilary, plus some other tidbits. Press TV, for instance, reported, “USAID, which was recently in the headlines for the covert creation of a text-based social network to stir political unrest in Cuba, has said it will support Ukraine’s media financially so that the pro-Western media outlets can cover the presidential election which is expected to be held in the country on May 25. USAID officials have said they want to add $1.25 million to the more than $10 million already promised by US government agencies to help bring about the expected election.” Of course, you, as a stalwart apologist for the the empire, would probably not believe the boy who claimed the emperor had no clothes unless the emperor issued a statement saying so.

        Teabagging, by the way, is a sexual practice better understood among progressives and used in sort of a slanderous insider ‘tee hee’ sort of way . It is a slur sort of like conservatives using the N word.

      • Andy Kinnard

        TP members described themselves that way before the Left took it up. I’m well aware of the definition involving a sexual acts, thanks.

        I am not, in any way, a fan of empire. Imperialism has created SO many of our foreign policy problems. Foreign interests influencing elections is not exactly new, or unique either to the US or this admin. Given that it’s an almost unavoidable practice, my stance is that influence is ok, undermining election integrity is not.

      • strayaway

        You mean until the Left explained the innuendos to more naive tea partiers and make a ‘tee hee’ inside joke about it.

        I agree with your second point but then why should anyone support so many policies of either Bush or Obama?

  • BobJThompson

    Cause Netanyahu has never ever been wrong about middle eastern countries weapons capacity before. He’s a war monger.

    However if you think this is fun wait until the first ever pope comes to address congress. AND he’s Marxist antichrist bent on destroying the church for his satanic master. Instead of a mouthpiece for armageddon obsessed conservatives like Netanyahu is. The right is going to be doing cartwheels trying to make the pope seem non-Christian.

  • JanMutcher

    I did some reading on the Logan Act and I feel that it would be totally appropriate for the justice department to charge any and everyone complicit in this heinous act. Our President should not be subjected to such treasonous behavior by the opposing party.