Exposing the Absurdity of the Love Affair Republicans Have with Benjamin Netanyahu

boehner-netanyahuHonestly, I think Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an arrogant prick. For some reason it seems impossible for many conservatives to process the fact that one can be both pro-Israel, yet anti-Netanyahu at the same time. I’m very pro-Israel, though I don’t believe for a moment that the nation is completely innocent when it comes to their dealings with the Palestinians.

A leader deserving of respect would have never accepted the invite from John Boehner to speak in front of Congress without running it by President Obama. At the very least, even if Netanyahu disagrees with Obama’s plans on Iran, he should have turned down the opportunity as a sign of respect from one leader to another – but he didn’t. He eagerly jumped at the chance to try to embarrass President Obama internationally and use the speech to earn himself political points heading into his country’s elections.

The bottom line is, Netanyahu is a terrible leader. In my opinion, he’s the George W. Bush of Israel, only far more intelligent and much more conniving. However, Republicans absolutely love him because he’s the same sort of anti-Muslim/war-loving antagonist that they want our presidents to be.

Though I find it disturbing how high up on a pedestal Republicans place Netanyahu – often referring to him as a strong and powerful leader – while bashing our own president as weak and someone who’s made this country less safe. It’s a belief that’s blatantly hypocritical considering President Obama isn’t just doing more than Netanyahu to fight ISIS – he’s doing a hell of a lot more.

But it’s not just the disgusting way in which Republicans fawn over Netanyahu, it’s also the fact that he’s been wrong about damn near everything.

In 1993, Netanyahu stated that Iran would have a nuclear weapon by 1999. So, 22 years ago he promised the world that Iran would be armed with a nuclear weapon – 16 years ago. Yet they still don’t have a nuclear weapon.

Then, in 2002, Netanyahu testified in front of Congress that Saddam Hussein was moving toward Iraq being a nuclear threat.

Here’s part of his testimony that day nearly 13 years ago:

Nothing less than dismantling his regime will do because Saddam’s nuclear program has fundamentally changed in those two decades. He no longer needs one large reactor to produce the deadly material necessary for atomic bombs. He can produce it in centrifuges the sizes of washing machines that can be hidden throughout the country.

As we all know now, there wasn’t a nuclear program and there weren’t centrifuges “hidden throughout the country.”

But that wasn’t the only thing Netanyahu was wrong about that day. He also stated that if Saddam were removed from power, that it would bring peace throughout the Middle East:

If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region. And I think that people sitting right next door in Iran, young people, and many others, will say the time of such regimes, of such despots is gone.

So, to summarize:

  • In 1993, he said Iran would have a nuclear weapon by 1999 – Wrong
  • He claimed Iraq was on the verge of building a nuclear bomb – Wrong
  • He said Saddam had hidden centrifuges all over Iraq – Wrong 
  • He “guaranteed” that removing Saddam would bring “positive reverberations” throughout the Middle East and bring an end to brutal regimes – Wrong 

And these are just a few of the major issues where he’s been wrong.

Yet here we are in 2015 with Netanyahu fear-mongering once again, promising Iran’s nuclear capabilities are “imminent” (16 years after he said they would have the weapon), and Republicans are standing proudly behind the Israeli leader – even though he’s been wrong on just about everything.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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