Let's get to the point on the Iran Deal.
If Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, withdrew his opposition to the Iran Deal, the following would happen: 1. Rupert Murdoch would call up his hacks at FOX, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal and tell them to shut up about Iran and go back to hitting Hillary on Benghazi. 2. Both Houses of Congress would approve the Iran Deal by overwhelming majorities.
The fact that the leader of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, can stand in the way of the elected President of the United States in his efforts to begin the process of some normalization of relations with a longtime adversary is, at a minimum, ridiculous.
Add in the following factors, and it becomes absurd:
1. Israel has received well over $233.7 Billion (Inflation Adjusted) US Dollars from American taxpayers since its founding in 1948. (See, Haaretz, March 20, 2013.) Israel has received more money from the United States than any other country in the post WWII era.
2. Israel has never put a soldier into battle alongside those of the United States in our multiple wars in the Middle East since 9/11 … Afghanistan, ISIS, Iraq.
3. Our bona fide allies, UK, France, and Germany, have signed on to the Iran Deal with us. Each of these countries have sent soldiers that have fought and died alongside ours in one or more of our Middle East wars. None of them receives United States taxpayer assistance.
Let's call a spade a spade. Israel is not an ally. Israel is a dependency. And, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, their Prime Minister, is a jerk.
When George H.W. Bush was President, his Secretary of State, James Baker, barred Netanyahu from the State Department Building. Netanyahu, at that time Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, had accused the Bush I administration of having a Middle East policy based on “deceit and lies”. Good for Jim Baker.
Netanhayu was first elected Prime Minister of Israel in the mid-nineties. After President Clinton's first meeting with him as Prime Minister, Clinton told associates, “He thinks he's the superpower, and we're supposed to do what he says.” Clinton should have told him he could come back when he learned some manners.
Now, President Barack Obama is trying to take a sensible step in the Middle East to benefit the United States, our bona fide allies, and dependencies. Mr. Netanyahu, instead of extending a helpful hand to our President, has offered only the middle finger.
If you are an American, ask yourself, What is the future of our country if an American President elected twice by over 51% of the popular vote, can have a sensible foreign policy peace initiative vetoed by the likes of Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu?
I will post again on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (or before, if the news flow dictates) and, for the time being, I will try to post on the first Wednesday of each month.
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