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Boardman writes: "Lacking any lawful authority to conduct foreign policy, Congressman John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress in direct opposition to the American president."

US Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address. (photo: Mandel Ngan/Bloomberg)
Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address. (photo: Mandel Ngan/Bloomberg)


Boehner's Treason?

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

25 January 15

 

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court....
– United States Constitution, Article III, section 3

nviting a hostile head of state to challenge the U.S. president from the shelter of the U.S. Congress may not rise to the level of “levying war” in the literal sense. But it is surely an act of virtual war that recklessly raises the stakes of drawing the U.S. into more actual wars from Gaza to Iran.

Lacking any lawful authority to conduct foreign policy, Congressman John Boehner has invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress in direct opposition to the American president. This kind of vigilante foreign policy is tantamount to a declaration of war on the constitutional authority of the executive branch. It is also a deliberate effort to destroy the possibility of peaceful relations with Iran, in the midst of serious negotiation headed toward normalization. Defending the U.S. against the threat of peace is a traditionally mindless Republican stance. It becomes an obscenity when it is rooted in nothing more substantial than Israeli intransigence.

Here’s the way Boehner failed to explain his interference in the president’s constitutional authority to conduct foreign affairs:

I did not consult with the White House. The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye. There is a serious threat that exists in the world, and the president, last night [in the State of the Union], kind of papered over it. And the fact is, is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.

First he admits he’s a partisan lone wolf. Then he lies about Congress making a decision, when he made the decision on his own without bringing it close to a vote; he also falsifies Congressional authority in foreign policy. He then either lies about poking anyone in the eye, or admits he’s in denial. Then he jumps to fearmongering, ignoring the reality that Iran has been engaged in multi-state negotiations for months now. Then he pretends to want a more serious conversation, when he and his colleagues have been crying wolf about the “Iranian bomb” for more than two decades. Then he compounds his lies and fearmongering by conflating Iran with “radical Islamic jihadists” of the sort Saudi Arabia has been cultivating for more than 40 years. Nice piece of work for a presumed “patriot.”

Is Boehner “adhering to the enemies” of the United States?

Since the Speaker of the House is unlikely to confess to any sort of treason in open court, as he should, the charge of treason against this Ohio Republican and his co-conspirators will be constitutionally tricky to make. But it needs to be made, no matter how belatedly.

Sacrificing our Constitution in an effort to turn American troops into Israel’s proxy army looks very much like the moral equivalent of treason.

The case of Republican treason needs to be made now, and should have been made long since, against the party that has waged metaphorical war against the United States at least since 2009. Granted, the Republican war has not resorted to the kind of military violence meant by “war” in orthodox constitutional construction. But GOP behavior has been war all the same, unrelenting and destructive, against both the president and the very purpose of the Constitution as expressed in its preamble. The only “general welfare” consistently supported by Republicans is military. The rest of their agenda is determined by sectarian spite and corruption.

While not literally “levying war,” Boehner and his party come much closer to actually adhering to the enemies of the United States. But wait, does that mean Israel is an “enemy” of the United States? Good question. We hear over and over about the United States being a friend to Israel, but how is that friendship reciprocated? Enemies of the United States have again and again enticed the United States to embrace the tar baby of endless war in the Middle East, with decades of success to show for it. Israel now entices the U.S. again toward war with Iran. When Israel wants what our enemies want, what does that make Israel? Not much of a friend.

Let’s put it another way: what other head of state from anywhere in the world would be invited to come before Congress to promote intransigence and bellicosity, in direct opposition to the White House’s policy? Boehner may not be adhering to our enemies, but he’s certainly adhering to an extreme and dangerous foreign policy that many of our enemies would enjoy watching us suffer.

Is Boehner “giving aid and comfort” to our enemies?

Boehner-Netanyahu hardline policies may give pause to an Iranian government, but not in a way useful to the rest of the world. Boehner-Netanyahu policies are designed to kill negotiation, kill accommodation, and if need be kill peace. There is no greater good at the end of the Boehner-Netanyahu just-say-no road. What Boehner-Netanyahu-ism wants, at a minimum, is permanent, unremediated hostility punctuated by bursts of bloodshed.

Other nations who wish the United States no good can watch the “indispensible nation” dispense itself in further futility while they enjoy their schadenfreude from a safe, noncombatant distance. Watching the United States bleed in another misbegotten crusade will almost surely give our enemies, if not aid, then considerable comfort at least.

Boehner’s traitorous embrace of Netanyahu’s assault on American governance is a betrayal of trust, whether they realize it or not, against all Americans. Boehner has launched another Republican attack on a fundamental constitutional principle – but we can count on Democrats to be brightly up in arms about it, right? No, the silence is deafening, the defense of the Constitution nil.

Referring to Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress, the most that Rep. Nancy Pelosi had to say was: “I just don’t think it’s appropriate and helpful.” Others in her party are saying less or nothing.

Why is the U.S. Congress failing to defend a basic principle of the U.S. Constitution? The key, perhaps, lies in what Pelosi said in 2010, when she was still speaker of the House:

We in Congress stand by Israel, something we have a joint bipartisan commitment. No separation between us on this subject. In Congress we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel. Together we remain committed to advancing the peace process, preserving Israel’s security, responsible sanctions against Iran, working to finalize Iran sanctions bill right now.

So the Constitution is wrong about our bi-cameral system. We don’t have a Congress comprising the Senate and the House, we have some other country’s Knesset.

It’s not enough to suggest that the Boehner-Netanyahu challenge to U.S. sovereignty is inappropriate or unhelpful. Someone should be saying it’s provocative, outrageous, dishonest, and warmongering. Anyone?



William M. Boardman has over 40 years of experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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+130 # babalu 2015-01-25 19:03
Thank you for your well reasoned article. The Republicans once again dip their toes in Unconstitutiona l, anti-American waters! They need to be called out on it every time - Israeli or no Israeli! McCain is another one - palling around with people in Libya and Syria and then pulling a shrub-like - I looked into their eyes and I believe them when they say they are for Democracy.
 
 
+51 # ritawalpoleague 2015-01-26 05:26
In reply to babalu, thank you too, and thanks also to Wm. M. Boardman for his "...well reasoned article."

In response to Boardman's last line request, yes, I do agree that it's "... provocative, ooutrageous, and warmongering." And, also, yet more karlroving dirty trickery.

It doesn't take a prophet to predict what Zionist Netanyahu is going to ploy we the dumbed down sheeple with: need for U.S. to continue giving billions each year (war machinery galore, to the joy of the MIC) to him and his 'let's destroy Gaza' country. And, glorify 'more war against terrorists' the greedy plus and need for power over all Netanyahu will.

McCain, a puppet for the 1%ers just as is Netanyahu, will love all the $$$$$ he gets, for what the endless warmongers so need - endless war for $$$ and oil, oil,
oil.

Bushwhacked, Kochsucked, and AIPAC'd we are. Damn.
 
 
+1 # loraine 2015-01-27 16:46
Let's hope Netanyahu gets whalloped in the election in March. NO MORE WARS FROR ISRAEL! If I had extra money, I would send it to Netanyahu's competitor!
 
 
-52 # tpmco 2015-01-26 05:37
Well, doesn't democracy produce wealth? Does history have to hit you over the head with a sledge hammer?

I do take issue, however, with this notion that somehow Mr. Boner has acted against the Constitution. I see it as opening a whole new avenue into dealing with these pricky foreign policy issues. I think you can chalk one up for Obama on this trap, when it's all said and done.

Sometimes, ya' just gotta love this guy.
 
 
+20 # reiverpacific 2015-01-26 11:21
Quoting tpmco:
Well, doesn't democracy produce wealth? Does history have to hit you over the head with a sledge hammer?

I do take issue, however, with this notion that somehow Mr. Boner has acted against the Constitution. I see it as opening a whole new avenue into dealing with these pricky foreign policy issues. I think you can chalk one up for Obama on this trap, when it's all said and done.

Sometimes, ya' just gotta love this guy.


So are you one of the millions of deluded somnambulists who have been conned into thinking that "Capitalism=Freedom=Democracy?
If so, the implications of "Boner's" gesture of typical reactionary TeaThuglican reckless hubris will completely evade you!
 
 
+8 # Working Class 2015-01-26 17:49
Actually no, its Labor that has traditionally created wealth. Sadly all too ofter shell-games and deception has created wealth (for those at the top) most recently, and its those who labor that are asked to bail them out when they predictably falls flat on their face. You have made the common mistake of confusing Democracy and our economic system. They are not the same. Wealth can, and is created quite independently of any semblance of Democracy.
 
 
+2 # heraldmage 2015-01-27 03:26
Your statement that democracy produces wealth is part of Cold War brainwashing. The wealthy so feared social economics that they hid its existence from the people. They made democracy & capitalism mutually exclusive & communism was both a government & economy. When talking about the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic it was either called Russia or the USSR. The term Socialist was avoided,they knew if the people understood the different economic policies that they would realize they would be better off using social economics than capitalism. Under social economics the nation's mineral, water oil & gas wealth belongs to all the people (commonwealth)& proceeds from the extraction, processing & sale are used to support the needs of the nation & people rather than the priviledged few. The Cold War Domino Theory wasn't about the spread of communism but the spread of social economics once 1 nation changed its policy. Every US conflict, war, instigated regime change or civil war since WW2 has been to force a nation to return to capitalism, privatize their natural resources the & give US corporation controling interest in their resources. The vast majority of these nations were democracies. The 1 thing "W's" "Axis of Evil" have in common is they all use social economics.
Our government for the past 60+ years hasn't been interested in democracy it has been interest in the redistribution of wealth
 
 
0 # tpmco 2015-01-27 14:27
Maybe I should have asked whether or not democracy can produce national wealth. Or maybe common wealth?

I didn't say the USA is a democracy. And I have never said that wealth is only indicated by the size of a bank account. Some here seem to think very narrowly about what wealth is, defining it only as the amount of money you don't have. Or wish you had.

Reiver goes a little further trying to impute to me his unrefined equivalencies. If he did ask a question, I would answer in the negative.

Working Class doesn't differentiate between compensated labor and slave labor, either of which will build wealth for someone.

heraldmage's comment is something that I cannot address--that one is all over the place. Sorry.
 
 
+77 # indian weaver 2015-01-25 20:47
If this weren't my country, I'd be laughing at this wild theater. As an American, I think this is the beginning of the most significant dialogue our government has had in awhile, because the 2 major players now really hate each other (even more, to put it nicely). And these 2 players are supposed to "run America the Country"? Yikes. Gulp. Give it time ... a long fuse on this one, many fuses. We're all going to get fat eating popcorn. The damage is done. "Le Denouement" - now playing. The Congressional Republicans vs. The Executive Branch? What happened to the Democrats? Aren't they involved at all? How weird.
 
 
+25 # dquandle 2015-01-25 23:08
The Obama/Clinton/P elosi/Kerry "Democrats" have been in peddling and enabling the Israeli line of atrocities, mass murders, and war crimes, from the get-go.
 
 
+1 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:04
The Republicans have done their share of
"enabling!"
 
 
+1 # tpmco 2015-01-26 05:11
You said it for me. Thanks.

Edit--Sorry, I was replying to Indian weaver. Sometimes you just get trapped with this technology. BTW, Weaver, if you get to Grants Pass, orygun, look me up. I'll help you check out our country over here. A little different in context but a lot alike in content.
 
 
+98 # Trigon986 2015-01-25 21:46
First of all....I can't stand to see Boehner's depressing face in the background or foreground of every picture. He's has the worst expressions.
People in other countries are aware of what's going on but some of the people in this country are oblivious to economic and political issues. For average people to vote Republicans into public office is insane and still based on religion. The funny part is that the GOP invented themselves as the party of religion and they couldn't be further from it. I could just see Jesus cutting off benefits to the poor. They are the anti-Christ that showed up wrapped in the flag and carrying a bible and religious right were duped into thinking they were honest. All they have to do is see that their words and actions do not match. They're actions are and will always be on behalf of the 1% who have more wealth than the 99%. Unfortunately, the people who need to read these articles never read these sites.
 
 
+2 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:07
I thought at first glance at "Bonner" on the stage with the President that Bonner looked constipated!
 
 
+2 # mmcmanus 2015-01-28 10:09
Amen!!
 
 
+6 # RICHARDKANEpa 2015-01-25 22:27
Al Qaeda and ISSI welcome tension and the possibility of conflict between the US and Iran, I would like to add more, but I shouldn't claim they are clearing this, without any documentation,
http://www.vox.com/cards/things-about-isis-you-need-to-know/what-is-isis
 
 
+8 # RICHARDKANEpa 2015-01-25 22:36
Maxine Waters for President,
http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/3223

PS In my last comment I meant to say "cheering" not clearing conflict
 
 
+56 # Old4Poor 2015-01-25 22:57
WHy does anyone expect Boehner to know and understand US Law and the Constitution?

He shows his ignorance on an almost daily basis.
 
 
-85 # Citizen Mike 2015-01-25 23:07
This is hysterical alarmist babble.

"Sacrificing our Constitution in an effort to turn American troops into Israel’s proxy army looks very much like the moral equivalent of treason."


That is ridiculous! Inviting a head of state to speak to Congress is not sacrificing the Constitution, where does it say that Congress cannot invite any speaker or conduct an investigation it chooses? It is an independent legislative body, not the President's rubber stamp.

Turn American troops into Israel's proxy army? What the heck does that mean? Sounds like antisemitic nonsense to me.


I certainly do not like Boehner and detest having to defend him here but let's play fair and stick it to the right wing for its actual injuries against the public interest. And not be side-tracked by this kind of hysteria and nonsense.
 
 
+52 # Spence 2015-01-26 03:34
Quoting Citizen Mike:
This is hysterical alarmist babble.


That is ridiculous! Inviting a head of state to speak to Congress is not sacrificing the Constitution, where does it say that Congress cannot invite any speaker or conduct an investigation it chooses? It is an independent legislative body, not the President's rubber stamp.


The Constitution doesn't prohibit anything but it does give specific powers to the Congress and to the Executive branch. It give the power to conduct foreign policy to the Executive branch and Legislative power to the Congress. Except for declaration of war, the Congress is given no power to conduct foreign policy.
 
 
-29 # tpmco 2015-01-26 04:57
Yeah Mike, given to a joint session of congress--that is the House and the Senate--the message is advice. It is not testimony. The response should be to demand a response. That would seem right--I mean both parties have asked for that opportunity in regard to the state of the union addresses.

I mean really. Is this how the USA is going to do politics in Washington?

This democrat party is chicken shit.
 
 
+25 # WBoardman 2015-01-26 12:26
Citizen Mike plays the "antisemitic" card,
which is inflammatory and without support,
nor is it an argument.

Citizen Mike also ignores the context of my argument
(as well as the argument itself)
in favor of bristling at a straw man.

The issue is THIS Prime Minister by THIS House Speaker
in THIS context, which he open says is to reduce
the chance of peaceful relations with Iran.
None of THIS is honest or in the best interest of the U.S.
At best it is extra-constitur ional.

To manipulate the U.S. into risking a war that some other
nations (including Israel) might like to see us undertake
is, in effetc, outsourcing American foreign policy,
and risk turning the U.S. military into Israel's proxy army
(or Saudi Arabia's, for that matter).

Thanks to Spence for shedding additional clarity
on the issue I was discussing.

As for tpmco, I suspect he's more in agreement here
than those negative votes imply,
but it's hard to tell from what he wrote
 
 
+10 # AndreM5 2015-01-26 13:34
If not treason, arguably it is sedition. And Boehner is not "Congress" as you point out, he is just one vote there.
 
 
+2 # tpmco 2015-01-27 09:26
I'll try to clarify where I'm coming from.

When I first heard the news of this foreign leader coming to address a joint session of Congress, given these circumstances in particular, I groaned and uttered several bad words to my car radio. I wondered if Boner and McConnel had cooked this invitation up on their own, and whether or not there had been some kind of democratic process underlying the decision they took. Apparently, it was a bilateral declaration--at least I haven't heard there was any vote taken in either the Senate or the House.

But this is nothing new for Congress these days. It seems like every time the Speaker steps in front of a microphone he utters some baldfaced lie that the President won't compromise or other such nonsense. But this is not the way to do our political process.

I am very disappointed that the Democrats in Congress have not stood up on their hind legs and forcefully responded to the Speaker's edict. What response I have heard is some rather timid whining from the Democrats.

Why don't the Democrats demand equal time to respond to whatever comments the nutty-one might make to a joint session? That may be a rhetorical question given the widespread infection of Israel's influence in the Congress, especially when viewed in the context that a Democrat in the Senate, Menendez, is leading the charge to impose further sanctions on Iran; even as the President is pursuing a diplomatic attempt to defuse the situation with Iran.

contd
 
 
+1 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:17
President Obama holds the Ace in this situation--his campaign team going to Israel to work against Netanyahu. I hope this tactic is successful. Netanyahu IS A BULLY!
 
 
+3 # tpmco 2015-01-27 10:09
I'm not surprised by Obama's threat to veto such a bill. I stand with him on that statement. But I find it revolting to hear the President say, in practically the same breath, that the Russian economy is in tatters, as if some gloat should be permissible in his implementation of policy towards Russia. The President's whole approach to Russia as regards the situation in Ukraine seems seriously fucked up. And that leads me into a quandary of what to think about the divergence of our policy on Iran as opposed to our policy toward Russia. How does a Russian economy in tatters benefit the USA? Will the nutty-one help to clear up the questions?

Probably not. But he may give the people of the USA some additional insight of what questions to ask, and we could begin asking them at the same joint session if the Democrats were able to respond. If the Speaker were to prevent such a response, then it's pretty damn clear that the Congressional leadership intends to act dictatorily toward members who hold differing views. And that is about as unamerican as it gets.

Then I have to wonder who will, and who will not, make a big stink about that when it happens.

Okay, I'm done. And I don't think I played either of the R-cards.
 
 
+1 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:15
If it had not been for Israel, how many wars would we have fought in the last 20 years? Who has Israel fought a war with the last 20 years? Two with their occupied territories and one with Lebanon? Why don't they fight other wars in the Middle East on their own behalf. I am tired of USA fighting Israel's wars.
 
 
+22 # babalu 2015-01-26 12:29
You are interpreting in the wrong way. The Constitution empowers ONLY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH to conduct foreign policy (rather than dozens of little tin pot dictators). Sure, Congress controls the purse string and can investigate - but picking winners and losers in other countries is STILL NOT their prerogative.
It is naïve to say he's just a speaker - so was Hitler! Netty is using this for his Likud cred before the election.

We know this to be true because Boehner does not even have the balls to call hearings or speeches on empowering the president to conduct the current war against ISIS. It always AND ONLY about hating Obama.
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2015-01-26 14:58
Quoting Citizen Mike:
This is hysterical alarmist babble.

"Sacrificing our Constitution in an effort to turn American troops into Israel’s proxy army looks very much like the moral equivalent of treason."


That is ridiculous! Inviting a head of state to speak to Congress is not sacrificing the Constitution, where does it say that Congress cannot invite any speaker or conduct an investigation it chooses? It is an independent legislative body, not the President's rubber stamp.

Turn American troops into Israel's proxy army? What the heck does that mean? Sounds like antisemitic nonsense to me.


I certainly do not like Boehner and detest having to defend him here but let's play fair and stick it to the right wing for its actual injuries against the public interest. And not be side-tracked by this kind of hysteria and nonsense.


Well now, this is not only an idiotic -and quite perilous- bit of Political gamesmanship and grandstanding for which the GOP is notorious but a heavy dose of hypocrisy, or don' you recall Mr deep Suntan, about three times darker than that alleged "Kenyan", threatening to sue Obama by "Overreaching his authority" in establishing the ACA?
And if you think it's "hysterical" you've got a narrow sense of possibilities, as the US is seeking quietly to cultivate Iran's assistance in quelling the more fanatical Islamist elements. If it all goes wrong and Nutty-Yahoo's fanatical LIKUD goes after Iran, can you say "Straits of Hormuz"?
 
 
+52 # Pedro 2015-01-25 23:07
It's simple. Arrest Boehner, give him a fair trial, and then hang him. Can I get an "Amen" from the choir?
 
 
+63 # LGNTexas 2015-01-25 23:16
To many on the racist right, Obama has never been a legitimate president. This is just another attempt to besmirch his legacy.
 
 
-2 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:22
News to me--WHY is President Obama a "legitimate president?"
 
 
+2 # mmcmanus 2015-01-28 10:14
If you are serious about your comment, you need to pack your bags and leave the country as quickly as possible--the last thing America needs is people who don't respect national electons and the rule of law. You are a traitor.
 
 
+83 # btbees 2015-01-25 23:18
Let us stop the “political correctness” and state the fact. Boenher has invited a war-criminal to address Congress. Does anyone not know the facts of the recent GAZA massacre led by Netanyahu? Every member of Congress has signed an AIPAC Pledge Card, and without hesitation states that the US and Israel have an “unshakable bond”. It is long past time to openly state that Israel is a lawless, criminal, Apartheid state. Shameful that every member of Congress has been paid to look the other way.
 
 
-63 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-01-25 23:25
Where were the howls of outrage when Nancy Pelosi met with Bashir Assad to undermine Bush's foreign policy? For that matter, where were the howls of outrage when President Obama invited the British Prime Minister to lobby congressmen in private phone calls to support presidential positions -- and that was arguably illegal.

As a co-equal branch of government, Congress has an inherent right to invite anyone to speak to them at any time on any topic. And at least this bit of lobbying is being carried out publicly and transparently. Congress is not subject to oversight and control by the Executive branch. Nor should they be.

Nancy Pelosi had every right to meet with Assad and, while narrow constructivists might argue that President Obama should not be allowed to have foreign interests affect American policy, even he had, I believe, the right to encourage Cameron to lobby congress. And certainly, Boehner has, by freedom of association guaranteed by our Constitution, the right to have anyone, foreign or domestic, speak to congress.

Stop the wailing and be consistent on this point.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+42 # backwards_cinderella 2015-01-26 03:54
She didn't INVITE him to address congress. So "be consistent on this point" as you point out.
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2015-01-26 11:22
Quoting backwards_cinderella:
She didn't INVITE him to address congress. So "be consistent on this point" as you point out.

O' please don't waste y'r digits on replying to this cloistered pinhead -you'll get no reply nor backup anyway.
 
 
+13 # WBoardman 2015-01-26 12:42
Lee Nason doesn't address my central argument
(see response to Citizen Mike above).

The 2007 Pelosi/Assad meeting is apparently being shopped as a
right wing talking point, even though it's not even close to
a relevant comparison.

Maybe Lee Nason likes it because the comparison inherently
equates Netanyahu to Assad,
which may be unfair, but has some seriously horrifying
points of equivalence, including war crimes ;-)))

The 2015 Obama/Cameron is similarly shopped by right-wing
entities, and is a similarly in apt comparison.

Review the bidding:
*** Boehner, with no lawful authority, is using a Prime Minister
with an agenda hostile to American interests to undermine
the lawfully determined foreign policy of the U.S.
*** Obama, carrying out his constitutional duty to carry out
American foreign policy, used a Prime Minister with an agenda
consonant with American interests to reinforce the lawfully
determined foreign policy of the U.S.

Lee Nason has a point about beiung "consistent." ;-)))
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2015-01-26 16:27
Quoting WBoardman:
Lee Nason doesn't address my central argument
(see response to Citizen Mike above).

The 2007 Pelosi/Assad meeting is apparently being shopped as a
right wing talking point, even though it's not even close to
a relevant comparison.

Maybe Lee Nason likes it because the comparison inherently
equates Netanyahu to Assad,
which may be unfair, but has some seriously horrifying
points of equivalence, including war crimes ;-)))

The 2015 Obama/Cameron is similarly shopped by right-wing
entities, and is a similarly in apt comparison.

Review the bidding:
*** Boehner, with no lawful authority, is using a Prime Minister
with an agenda hostile to American interests to undermine
the lawfully determined foreign policy of the U.S.
*** Obama, carrying out his constitutional duty to carry out
American foreign policy, used a Prime Minister with an agenda
consonant with American interests to reinforce the lawfully
determined foreign policy of the U.S.

Lee Nason has a point about beiung "consistent." ;-)))


OK, I do agree that Netty's agenda is hostile to US foreign policy, but Obama has yet to acknowledge that in public. Unless he does that, I don't see how prosecution is possible.
 
 
+1 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:26
Bohner may have the RIGHT to invite Netanyahu, but it is TACKY, TACKY, TACK6Y, and I hope the strategy of having President Obama's campaign committee's trip to Israel is successful in defeating Netanyahu.
 
 
+42 # Nominae 2015-01-25 23:28
Mr. Boardman -

You are unerringly accurate and fully correct in all the specifics and generalities you lay at the feet of this Bonehead.

The even more important and overarching question then becomes "What remains of the U.S. as a Nation of Laws when this man is totally allowed to GET AWAY WITH all of these quasi-legal and egregiously Unconstitutiona l actions that have been going on for literal *years* now ?

Like the old Bush-Chaney Cabal, one thing this man contributes is in-your-face, full-on-broad-d aylight *evidence* that the "law" in this country is whatever the hell the boneheads currently in positions of power *SAY* it is.

Especially when they are backed up by the Clown Circus that we call The Supreme Court of the United States.

Boehner contributes an actual positive aspect in the fact that he is certainly drawing the curtain back on the U.S. that people (mostly gullible and naive citizens of the U.S.) THINK we have, v.s. the U.S. that has actually existed *in fact* for about three and a half decades now.

This home-grown education up-date could not *be* more valuable as an eye-opener for our pitiful and blindly trusting citizens.

This crap is definitely not fooling people in the *rest of* the world.
 
 
+46 # Shorey13 2015-01-25 23:40
The universe has a perverse sense of humor. It is entirely possible that Netanyahu's appearance here will backfire in Israel. His warmongering and anti-Palestinia n policies are wearing thin back home. His opposition, which favors much more rational policies, is favored to win the election in March. His trip here is a desperation tactic, a wag-the -dog strategy designed to exacerbate tensions with Iran and the Palestinians, assuming that voters in Israel will decide that his militancy will increase their security. Maybe they will, and maybe they won't.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are as addicted to Jewish money as the REpublicans and will never press for prosecution of Boehner for treason, even though he is
both stupid and a traitior.
 
 
+37 # angelfish 2015-01-25 23:52
Boehner should be impeached and charged with treason, if not, overstepping a boundary he had NO right to cross! The man is a MORON and deserves no less than removal from Congress! What are we to do when HALF of our Congress, sadly, the ones in the Majority, are ALL mindless Boobs?
 
 
+39 # EternalTruth 2015-01-25 23:53
"Defending the U.S. against the threat of peace is a traditionally mindless Republican stance."

So true. Unfortunately the Dems haven't shown much of a proclivity for waging peace either.
 
 
+19 # m... 2015-01-26 00:25
'' "Lacking any lawful authority to conduct foreign policy, Congressman John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress in direct opposition to the American president." ''

Yeah… So?

Nothing will happen. Its the same like with Bankers who wrecked the entire global economy.
No One… ABSOLUTELY NO ONE from that side of the fence will face any repercussions for their actions. Not when all of them feel, act and steamroll ahead as if having been given a DIVINE Mandate directly from God to run everything as they please despite any We the People stuff or any kind of Constitution.

Its the way it is now -- Privatized..!

There is no opposing power, political or otherwise, strong enough, organized enough or with credibility enough to even attempt to shut it down and put it all back into its proper place.
Get used to it. Its the way it is until its not. And.., 'until its not' is so far away that it cannot even be seen with a Hubble telescope.

We live in the America Conservatives and Wall Street have spent the past 3-4 decades foisting upon us and that's it.
Republicans believe they are on a mission from God, Big Business and the Voices in their heads to put their Norman Rockwell's nonexistent-any where-ever vision of America back together like a Humpty Dumpty no matter what it takes or who gets screwed or worse.

God Bless America. Unfurl the flags. Kiss the God on your Sleeve. Kill the Infidels. Take Profits. Cue the Fat Lady...
 
 
+27 # tedrey 2015-01-26 00:37
If the Congressional leadership had the slightest wish for peace and for resolution of Mideast tensions, they would immediately invite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to address Congress. They have no such wish and will do no such thing. It might defuse tensions, and Netanyahu forbids it.
 
 
+6 # tpmco 2015-01-26 03:49
Maybe someone like Vladimar Putin should be invited to give the response. I think you're on to something. We could call it the Superbowl of The National Political League.

I mean...50 years down the road this could be some seriously big business. Think of it! This is especially tailored to our NPAA members from all over the country--from Berkeley to Georgetown, and maybe even up that Harvard area. And all points north.

What the hell. It'll never catch on. Why in the hell would we ever want to start rewarding intelligence. Here's to ya' NCAA.
 
 
+34 # PaineRad 2015-01-26 00:41
Frankly, I regard this as a procedural issue. No question, Boehner is out of line here as he has been so many times before.

From my perspective, his substantive treason has been his blockade of serious efforts to create jobs. Had he and McConnell not worked so diligently to prevent our economy from recovering, Main Street would be almost thriving.

That also brings up another issue of treason. Is support for these one-sided trade deals treason? Considering that Americans still buy stuff made by people, why is that stuff not made by the American people? Once can talk ad infinitum about an economy advancing beyond menial labor all you want to, but that is just blue smoke and mirrors. The reality is that human progress comes from adding value to each others' lives. We can argue about whether or not IT and IM actually add value, but that is a side show at the moment.

The battle is over how the economy operates. What is it achieving, a middle class or an oligarchy? And until we resolve the issue of who rules what and for whom, 80 - 90% of Americans will continue to be robbed blind by the mostly psychotic 0.01% who control the levers of the economy and politics.
 
 
+1 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:40
Actually, we AMERICANS ARE in charge of trade--We should NOT BUY ANYTHING THAT IS NOT MADE IN AMERICA! Examine labels--buy nothing that is not made in USA. Example: I recently ordered on line a small wooden (pine) indoor clothes line (expandable). The company explicitly said it would take an extra week as orders were sent to the builder, which only built at time of order.
 
 
+28 # Texas Aggie 2015-01-26 01:38
"... in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

There is little doubt that Netanyahu fits the description of "their Enemies" given that he is so willing to let American military personnel die and American taxpayers underwrite his campaign in order to further his own goals. Furthermore, his goals are such that us achieving them for him will prejudice our ability to function in the world and also opens us up to attacks by terrorist groups.

Therefore, while Boehner may not be making war on us, he certainly fulfills the second criterium for being a traitor to the US.
 
 
-26 # James Marcus 2015-01-26 02:46
Boehner is a bonehead of the most Insignificant Order. Inviting a Speaker to address Congress is Not Treason.
Obama is guilty of Treason, and Crimes against Humanity.
Nearly The Entire Congress is committing Treason.
Rule of Law, especially the Constitution, is Dead.
The Financial and Political Mobsters have the World on the very brink of Chaos
 
 
+15 # overanddone 2015-01-26 04:48
Republicans have long held the view that pandering to a group of voters in the US such as the JDL, or getting a token Hispanic, Black, South Asian etc. face in their GOP picture book increases their chances of political dominance. They believe this as, they believe Americans are as stupid as they are. And to an embarrassing degree they are right. The rest of the world however is increasingly repulsed by Americas support of Israel and will be in all out retreat from supporting our 'war is the answer" diplomacy in the future. Israel has nothing to offer the world at large such as the oil Iran can sell to them and from the 9/11 attacks to the attacks in Spain, England, France and throughout the greater middle east stems from the west support for the Russian dominated gangster state of Israel, and its treatment of the indigenous people of their region.
America will rue the day that Boehner
chose to give the finger to the countries allied with the US in negotiating with Iran.
 
 
0 # ericlipps 2015-01-26 05:47
T think invoking the charge of treason is a touch much. The constitutional definition quoted in this article isn't intended to cover "metaphorical" war, and stretching it that far opens the door for future presidents to start locking up, say, contributors to RSN who verbally attack the Speaker of the House, or, of course, the White House, or who say things in public supporting governments with which we are at odds.
 
 
+6 # jdd 2015-01-26 06:12
The last thing we need is the to have another warmonger address Congress, however it's consistent with the Republican's invitation to Tony Blair (who played the pivotal role in Bush's war on Iraq) to be the guest speaker at their confab in Harriburg, PA. However, as for Boehner, he has really been Obama's rear guard having blocked all attempts to bring impeachment proceedings against the president, which is the proper constitutional remedy for violations in office. He has chosen instead to pursue his nonsensical lawsuit. His rationale is that Obama is good for the Republican Party electoral fortunes, both in the short term and in the next Presidential election and bad for the Democrats, describing him as "the gift that keeps on giving."
 
 
+19 # Artemis 2015-01-26 06:38
Boehmer causes extraordinary damage to the United States of America. I, quite frankly, deem him to be evil.
 
 
+13 # Blackjack 2015-01-26 06:41
Repukes are like spoiled brats. They throw tantrums when they don't get their way, they push the envelope against authority figures at every turn, they whine and complain if anyone ever raises objections, and compromise is not in their vocabulary. They have been doing this for years for the most obvious of reasons. . .the "opposition party" (that would be the Dems) doesn't have the courage to call them out and hold them responsible for their misdeeds. In short, they do it because they can. Will Dems ever wake up and apply a little "parental supervision?" Still waiting!
 
 
-10 # stannadel 2015-01-26 07:22
So now supposed leftists have decided that the Nixon-Cheney view of the Imperial Presidency has merit after all? Read the bloody Constitution, it starts by defining the powers of the government and the legislature. The Executive doesn't come into play until Article II. The Repubs are scum, but the leaders of Congress have every right to invite anyone they want to address Congress.
 
 
+7 # m... 2015-01-26 11:58
''...the leaders of Congress have every right to invite anyone they want to address Congress.''

Its true. Right or wrong at the time, They do… as of now.

But one can question whether or not there is a 'Constitutional Limit' as yet established when such actions undertaken can be 'legally perceived' to be either a direct or indirect effort to seek to undermine ongoing, strategic foreign policy efforts in such a way as to attempt to drive the nation into a military conflict at the behest of a foreign power seeking such an allied endeavor and outcome and thus, at the same time, directly countering efforts OUR Executive Branch is already engaged in at the highest levels with its own strategic agenda.
I think this Bibi invitation is being driven by the so called Neocons, Corporate Interests and Republicans seeking to undermine Obama's authority in all matters INCLUDING his authority to conduct foreign policy (using a political ally who is also the leader of a foreign power).…. And so, if so… Is it in the interest of the nation to allow the leader of a foreign power to have the stage in Congress and before the American People to state his case while at the same time, possibly undermining ongoing and sensitive diplomatic efforts undertaken by the duly elected Executive/Comma nder in Chief/ Our President-- to find a peaceful solution to a dangerous international matter…?
An interesting question for the Courts I think.
 
 
0 # loraine 2015-01-27 17:47
By the next American election, Bibi will be OUT due to his own shenanigans with the American electorate. GOOD RIDDANCE!
 
 
+13 # fredboy 2015-01-26 07:27
Boehner's act shows the GOP's desperation, and opens all kinds of secret doors dating back to 9/11 and before. It is as if the GOP has sworn allegiance to--or is deserate to obey--Israel, not the United States. Has this been the case all along? Again, remember that the Scud missiles reached Tel Aviv. Is Israel why the US invaded Iraq under false pretenses? Check it out.
 
 
+11 # bbaldwin2001 2015-01-26 09:18
I would love to see John Boehner brought up on treason for bringing "Bini" to the Capitol to deliver a speech. This is nothing more than John B. carrying out Tea Party members wishes.
He and his cohorts continue to race bait the President of the United States. John Boehner is a fool and will go down as the one, of if not the very worst leader of the House of Representatives .
 
 
+5 # DoHickey 2015-01-26 11:32
NOMINAE is right about the positive effect of Bibi's visit. It will show for all to see who runs our country's foreign policy. All members of Congress will probably show up to listen to the Boss, because all are afraid of AIPAC.
The doomsday clock is 3 minutes from midnight now. One more war and we can kiss social security et al good bye.
 
 
+3 # Radscal 2015-01-26 15:58
Nice thought, but frankly, I doubt it.

When Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress, midway between his "Cast Lead" and "Operation Protective Edge" "mowing the lawn" assaults on the people of Gaza, he was given 29 standing ovations. One particularly long ovation occurred when Netanyahu specifically stated Israel would never return to its 1967 borders.

Israel/AIPAC/JDL etc. owns the U.S. Congress. Even those who should know better bow and scrape before the genocidal regime.
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-01-26 13:03
Let's see what the ICC thinks of Netanyahu.
 
 
+12 # bristow 2015-01-26 13:05
I think congress should boycott Netanyahu's appearance before Congress. We should let him & Boehner know that his appearance before Congress is an insult to our President. If whites are afraid, the Black Caucus should walk out. Will we ever have a Congress that is not influenced by AIPAC. I am tired of the U.S. fighting wars in the middle east to protect Israel. Do you think Netanyahu is afraid of Iran doing to Israel what Israel is doing to the Palestinians?
 
 
+7 # fredboy 2015-01-26 14:32
If Boehner brings the leader of Israel to decry the United States in our nation's capitol, it will prompt the greatest backlash in modern political history. For both the GOP and Israel. Guaranteed.
 
 
+12 # Linda 2015-01-26 14:54
Damn it charge the SOB with treason and lets get rid of that hemorrhoid once and for all .
 
 
+7 # jwb110 2015-01-26 17:51
why doesn't someone beat Boehner to death with a copy of the Constitution. It will be the only time he has ever come it contact with it.
 
 
+1 # heraldmage 2015-01-27 07:15
It looks more like a coup d'etat
 
 
+2 # Guy 2015-01-27 19:10
Not being American ,I can't comment much on what I have read so far other than saying that what you have going on there is a real zoo .Not that it is much better where I reside . What a croq ,inviting another country's leader(sic) to consult on what to do in Iran, and side step Obama to boot.Go get em guys ,Boner is a real piece of work !
 

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