Sorry Bibi, You Aren't in Charge of America's Foreign Policy


President Obama with Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBy: Pete Souza
Who exactly is in charge of American foreign policy? President Obama or Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Any middle-school aged student would easily be able to answer this, but the Republican Congress seems to think differently. Speaker Boehner's overtly political move of sticking his thumb in the eye of the President of the United States may have scored him some points among his fellow conservatives, but in doing so he may have irreparably damaged a decades long bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel.

Mr. Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress where he used his bully pulpit to implore representatives of a foreign country to openly defy the Commander-in-Chief and sabotage a nuclear deal with Iran is unfortunate and potentially dangerous. We have not elected our representatives in Congress to kowtow to a foreign leader and do his bidding. We have elected our representatives in Congress to do what is best for America. And a peaceful nuclear deal with Iran is in not just America's, but the worlds, best interest.


Back when America was debating whether to go to war with Iraq, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before a Congressional committee where he famously claimed that if you take out Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region… The task and the great opportunity and challenge is not merely to effect the ouster of the regime, but also to transform the region.He could not have been more wrong then and he could not be more wrong now. We listened to Netanyahu and invaded a country that never attacked us and all hell broke loose afterwards. Does he think things would be different if we listened to him this time around?

The Prime Minister said that 'no deal is better than a bad deal' multiple times throughout his speech, but he failed to explain how exactly the deal still being negotiated would be a bad deal for the United States. Iran already has a large nuclear program spread across their entire country. Does he just expect them to voluntarily tear down everything they have built and unlearn all the things they have learned? That is incredibly naive and wholly unrealistic.

What the Prime Minister also failed to detail is any alternatives. It's easy to say that no deal is better than a bad deal, but what happens if there is no deal? Does he think that Iran will just walk away from their nuclear program or will they put it into hyper drive? No deal will undoubtedly lead America on another path to yet another war in the Middle-East. This must not happen.

President Obama has taken the correct path in negotiating with Iran and other world partners to come to an agreement that will be good for the entire world. America can not and must not allow other countries leaders to dictate our foreign policy. We all know what happened the last time we allowed that to happen. Let's us not make the same mistake again.

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Nobody ever said Netanyahu was in charge of our foreign policy. This was simply a speech to Congress and the world to offer his viewpoint as the leader of Israel. He isn't dictating anything. Netanyahu's voice against Saddam was just one of many, including many of the Democrat's leadership. Why is Obama so afraid of any kind of open debate? Why does Obama and his minions attempt to shift attention from the huge problem of a nuke armed state sponsor of terror to the non-problem of a minor breach in political protocol? This was only a speech. An opposing viewpoint. I remember Hillary Clinton saying that dissent was patriotic back when GW was president. What happened to that? All the hysteria coming from the left seems way out of proportion. I think Jared needs to unwad his panties and take a few deep breaths.
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copterdude -- You claim to be a Libertarian, but my understanding of Libertarians is that they are non-interventionist in foreign affairs other than free trade. The USA is Israel's protectorate, and that means that Netanyahu would like the USA to intervene militarily in Iran's nuclear program. He won't come outright and say that, but what options are left if you take Obama's diplomacy off the table? More sanctions are not going to stop their nuclear program. And if Netanyahu says that Israel will go it alone, we should let them...no intervention if Netanyahu's war hawks become really really stupid and bomb. bomb, bomb Iran. Netanyahu of course wants the USA to do that for him, just like Bush did for Iraq. No Israelis soldiers died in Iraq. That war was not so much about oil as it was about making Israel safe from the threat of Saddam Hussein. The Libertarians I know would not advocate the USA going to war with Iran, but that seems to be that direction Netanyahu is headed and he wants the USA Congress to have his back.
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On the Dutch news it seems that also Cheney was involved and kind of mentioned that we should start a war with Iran if they would not comply as Netanyahu wants it done. Looks to me like a bunch of little kids who want to play with fire.I guess the GOP loves all our forever wars.
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The GOP loves war? You don't say...
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The way some of those Republicans cheered Netanyahu, one would think he is a leading candidate for US President in 2016. I was disgusted by the political theater of the whole event. From the Republican standpoint, this theater was purposely designed to drive a wedge between Jewish-Americans who traditionally vote Democratic. You are either with us or you are with the enemy. Florida Jewish-Americans...which side are you on?
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I felt the same way. I actually found myself yelling at the television a few times after he bashed our President and this Administration from the floor of the US House. It really made me sick to watch.