While Republicans have tried to downplay the speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to give to Congress next month, the fact remains that this is actually a fairly big deal. In fact, I’ve even argued that it borders on treason. It is completely unprecedented for a congressional leader to bypass a president to invite a foreign head of state to speak in front of Congress – especially considering the Obama administration’s ongoing negotiations with Iran concerning its nuclear program.
It’s obvious that this entire ordeal orchestrated by Speaker Boehner is a blatant attempt to undermine President Obama’s talks with Iran. That’s part of the reason why I’ve argued that this has bordered on treason. When a member of Congress is trying to flat-out sabotage a sitting president’s foreign policy, that’s some serious stuff.
What if this speech leads to negotiations with Iran falling apart; which then leads to Iran trying to develop a nuclear weapon; which then leads to war with Iran; and eventually all of that leads to thousands of dead Americans fighting in this war – a war that could have been avoided had diplomacy been allowed to run its course?
Tell me, how would that not be treason?
Well, while speaking with Fox News, Boehner decided to offer a rather pathetic explanation as to why he went out of his way to ensure that the Obama administration wouldn’t find out about this speech until after it was already set.
“I wanted to make sure there was no interference,” Boehner said. “There’s no secret here in Washington about the animosity that this White House has for Prime Minister Netanyahu. I frankly didn’t want them getting in the way and quashing what I thought was a real opportunity.”
“I’m glad that he’s coming, and I’m looking forward to what he has to say,” he continued.
He wanted to make sure that there was no interference from the President of the United States in his attempt to undermine the administration’s foreign policies. Could you imagine if a Democrat said this while George W. Bush was in office? Conservatives would be losing their minds.
Hell, the Dixie Chicks criticized Bush and they were essentially branded as traitors by the conservative media and many Republicans. Yet, somehow, the Speaker of the House bypassing the president to invite the Israeli prime minister is perfectly okay. Their hypocrisy is astounding.
This entire situation is ridiculous. It’s easily one of the most direct showings of disrespect toward a sitting president we might ever see. It’s one thing to levy petty personal attacks toward President Obama in the media, but to go to this extreme to blatantly try to undermine his authority is just an embarrassing and possibly dangerous display of stupidity by the GOP.
Ultimately, all this is going to do is make the Republican party look like fools. While I’m sure some conservatives stand behind Boehner’s decision, the majority of people (both in the U.S. and abroad) think he was completely out of line when he invited Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress. This will just be another example that history will use when it labels John Boehner as one of the worst Speakers of the House in United States history.
Watch his comments below via Fox News:
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