In my opinion, John Boehner will go down as possibly the worst Speaker of the House in our nation’s history. He’s presided over one of the most dysfunctional congresses in United States history, most times he’s lacked the ability to lead or even get control of his own party in the House, and he’s been about as spineless as anyone could possibly be for someone in his position.
Well as most Americans are well aware of by now, he made possibly the most cowardly move yet when he completely broke protocol and personally invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress. While it’s clear his intentions were to try to publicly embarrass the president, this unprecedented invitation obviously had other motives.
Currently, President Obama and several of our allies have been involved in very fragile negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program. Obviously Republicans haven’t been too happy that we’ve had a president who likes to try to avoid war through diplomacy. It terrifies me to think about how many wars we might have been involved in had a Republican like John McCain or Mitt Romney been president right now. Whether it’s been Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt or ISIL there always seems to be a large contingent of those within the Republican party just itching to get involved in another war. And it seems this invite by Boehner to the Israeli prime minister is a clear attempt to try to undermine the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran.
As I recently suggested, it’s not outside of the realm of possibilities to say that Boehner might have just committed treason. Honestly, what else would you call it when a member of Congress willfully tries to hide interaction between themselves and a foreign leader in clear attempt to scuttle our negotiations with another nation and undermine the policies of the President of the United States? Just imagine if Democrats did something like this while George W. Bush was in office. Fox News and the conservative media would be losing their minds.
All that being said, if the words of one Israeli official are to be believed, it seems that Mr. Boehner might have intentionally misled Netanyahu about this speech.
“It appears that the speaker of Congress made a move, in which we trusted, but which it ultimately became clear was a one-sided move and not a move by both sides,” Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said Friday.
When asked by a reporter if he felt they were misled, Hanegbi didn’t dispute that claim.
While he didn’t outright say they had been misled, it’s fairly obvious that’s what this gentleman was trying to say.
Now, is he just trying to “save face” so to speak and make Netanyahu look better by claiming they were misled by Republicans? Possibly. While this speech was meant to be a big “coup” by the GOP, it’s ultimately turned into an embarrassing disaster. When Fox News criticizes the move, Democrats are planning to boycott the speech and officials connected to Netanyahu are suggesting they were misled – all of that combines to be a pretty humiliating failure for John Boehner and the Republican party.
This incident will just add to the long list of failures and humiliations that will help cement Boehner’s legacy as one of the worst House Speakers in our nation’s history.