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Parry writes: "Conservative Pat Buchanan once got in trouble by calling Capitol Hill 'Israeli occupied territory,' but even he might not imagine what's happening now - with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invited to address a joint session of Congress to decry President Obama's foreign policy."

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with House Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill in Washington. (photo: AP)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with House Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill in Washington. (photo: AP)


ALSO SEE: Obama to Netanyahu: Stop Pushing Congress Toward New Sanctions on Iran


Congress Seeks Netanyahu's Direction

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

23 January 15

 

howing who some in Congress believe is the real master of U.S. foreign policy, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session and offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s comments on world affairs in his State of the Union speech.

Boehner made clear that Netanyahu’s third speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress – scheduled for Feb. 11 – was meant to counter Obama’s assessments. “There is a serious threat in the world, and the President last night kind of papered over it,” Boehner said on Wednesday. “And the fact 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.”

The scheduling of Netanyahu’s speech caught the White House off-guard, since the Israeli prime minister had apparently not bothered to clear his trip with the administration. The Boehner-Netanyahu arrangement demonstrates a mutual contempt for this President’s authority to conduct American foreign policy as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.

In the past when Netanyahu has spoken to Congress, Republicans and Democrats have competed to show their devotion by quickly and frequently leaping to their feet to applaud almost every word out of the Israeli prime minister’s mouth. By addressing a joint session for a third time, Netanyahu would become only the second foreign leader to do so, joining British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who never used the platform to demean the policies of a sitting U.S. president.

Besides this extraordinary recognition of another country’s leader as the true definer of U.S. foreign policy, Boehner’s move reflects an ignorance of what is actually occurring on the ground in the Middle East. Boehner doesn’t seem to realize that Netanyahu has developed what amounts to a de facto alliance with extremist Sunni forces in the region.

Not only is Israel now collaborating behind the scenes with Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabist leadership but Israel has begun taking sides militarily in support of the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Syrian civil war. A source familiar with U.S. intelligence information on Syria said Israel has a “non-aggression pact” with Nusra forces that control territory adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The quiet cooperation between Israel and al-Qaeda’s affiliate was further underscored on Sunday when Israeli helicopters attacked and killed advisers to the Syrian military from Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran. In other words, Israel has dispatched its forces into Syria to kill military personnel helping to fight al-Nusra. Iran later confirmed that one of its generals had died in the Israeli strike.

Israel’s tangled alliances with Sunni forces have been taking shape over the past several years, as Israel and Saudi Arabia emerged as strange bedfellows in the geopolitical struggle against Shiite-ruled Iran and its allies in Iraq, Syria and southern Lebanon. Both Saudi and Israeli leaders have talked with growing alarm about this “Shiite crescent” stretching from Iran through Iraq and Syria to the Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon.

Favoring Sunni Extremists

Senior Israelis have made clear they would prefer Sunni extremists to prevail in the Syrian civil war rather than President Bashar al-Assad, who is an Alawite, a branch of Shiite Islam. Assad’s relatively secular government is seen as the protector of Shiites, Christians and other minorities who fear the vengeful brutality of the Sunni jihadists who now dominate the anti-Assad rebels.

In one of the most explicit expressions of Israel’s views, its Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, a close adviser to Netanyahu, told the Jerusalem Post in September 2013 that Israel favored the Sunni extremists over Assad.

“The greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc,” Oren told the Jerusalem Post in an interview. “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.” He said this was the case even if the “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia shares Israeli’s strategic view that “the Shiite crescent” must be broken and has thus developed a rapport with Netanyahu’s government in a kind of “enemy of my enemy is my friend” relationship. But some rank-and-file Jewish supporters of Israel have voiced concerns about Israel’s newfound alliance with the Saudi monarchy, especially given its adherence to ultraconservative Wahhabi Islam and its embrace of a fanatical hatred of Shiite Islam, a sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that dates back 1,400 years.

Though President Obama has repeatedly declared his support for Israel, he has developed a contrary view from Netanyahu’s regarding what is the gravest danger in the Middle East. Obama considers the radical Sunni jihadists, associated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, to be the biggest threat to Western interests and U.S. national security.

That has put him in a different de facto alliance – with Iran and the Syrian government – since they represent the strongest bulwarks against Sunni jihadists who have targeted Americans and other Westerners for death.

What Boehner doesn’t seem to understand is that Israel and Saudi Arabia have placed themselves on the side of the Sunni jihadists who now represent the frontline fight against the “Shiite crescent.” If Netanyahu succeeds in enlisting the United States in violently forcing Syrian “regime change,” the U.S. government likely would be facilitating the growth in power of the Sunni extremists, not containing them.

But the influential American neoconservatives want to synch U.S. foreign policy with Israel’s and thus have pressed for a U.S. bombing campaign against Assad’s forces (even if that would open the gates of Damascus to the Nusra Front or the Islamic State). The neocons also want an escalation of tensions with Iran by sabotaging an agreement to ensure that its nuclear program is not used for military purposes.

The neocons have long wanted to bomb-bomb-bomb Iran as part of their “regime change” strategy for the Middle East. That is why Obama’s openness to a permanent agreement for tight constraints on Iran’s nuclear program is seen as a threat by Netanyahu, the neocons and their congressional allies – because it would derail hopes for militarily attacking Iran.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama made clear that he perceives the brutal Islamic State, which he calls “ISIL” for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as the principal current threat to Western interests in the Middle East and the clearest terror threat to the United States and Europe. Obama proposed “a smarter kind of American leadership” that would cooperate with allies in “stopping ISIL’s advance” without “getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East.”

Working with Putin

Thus, Obama, who might be called a “closet realist,” is coming to the realization that the best hope for blocking the advances of Sunni jihadi terror and minimizing U.S. military involvement is through cooperation with Iran and its regional allies. That also puts Obama on the same side with Russian President Vladimir Putin who has faced Sunni terrorism in Chechnya and is supporting both Iran’s leaders and Syria’s Assad in their resistance to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Obama’s “realist” alliance, in turn, presents a direct threat to Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran represents an “existential threat” to Israel and that the “Shiite crescent” must be destroyed. There is also fear among Israeli right-wingers that an effective Obama-Putin collaboration could ultimately force Israel into accepting a Palestinian state.

So, Netanyahu and the U.S. neocons believe they must do whatever is necessary to shatter this tandem of Obama, Putin and Iran. That is one reason why the neocons were at the forefront of fomenting “regime change” against Ukraine’s elected pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last year. By splintering Ukraine on Russia’s border, the neocons drove a wedge between Obama and Putin. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Neocons’ Ukraine-Syria-Iran Gambit.”]

Even the slow-witted mainstream U.S. media has begun to pick up on the story of the emerging Israeli-Saudi alliance. In the Jan. 19 issue of Time magazine, correspondent Joe Klein noted the new coziness between top Israeli and Saudi officials.

He wrote: “On May 26, 2014, an unprecedented public conversation took place in Brussels. Two former high-ranking spymasters of Israel and Saudi Arabia – Amos Yadlin and Prince Turki al-Faisal – sat together for more than an hour, talking regional politics in a conversation moderated by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius.

“They disagreed on some things, like the exact nature of an Israel-Palestine peace settlement, and agreed on others: the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat, the need to support the new military government in Egypt, the demand for concerted international action in Syria. The most striking statement came from Prince Turki. He said the Arabs had ‘crossed the Rubicon’ and ‘don’t want to fight Israel anymore.’”

Not only did Prince Turki offer an olive branch to Israel, he indicated agreement on what the two countries consider their most pressing strategic interests: Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war. In other words, in noting this extraordinary meeting, Klein had stumbled upon the odd-couple alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia – though he didn’t fully understand what he was seeing.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Obama had shifted his position on Syria as the West made a “quiet retreat from its demand” that Assad “step down immediately.” The article by Anne Barnard and Somini Sengupta noted that the Obama administration still wanted Assad to exit eventually “but facing military stalemate, well-armed jihadists and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the United States is going along with international diplomatic efforts that could lead to more gradual change in Syria.”

At the center of that diplomatic initiative was Russia, again reflecting Obama’s recognition of the need to cooperate with Putin on resolving some of these complex problems (although Obama did include in his speech some tough-guy rhetoric against Russia over Ukraine, taking some pleasure in how Russia’s economy is now “in tatters”).

But the underlying reality is that the United States and Assad’s regime have become de facto allies, fighting on the same side in the Syrian civil war, much as Israel had, in effect, sided with al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front by killing Hezbollah and Iranian advisers to the Syrian military.

The Times article noted that the shift in Obama’s position on Syrian peace talks “comes along with other American actions that Mr. Assad’s supporters and opponents take as proof Washington now believes that if Mr. Assad is ousted, there will be nothing to check the spreading chaos and extremism.

“American planes now bomb the Islamic State group’s militants in Syria, sharing skies with Syrian jets. American officials assure Mr. Assad, through Iraqi intermediaries, that Syria’s military is not their target. The United States still trains and equips Syrian insurgents, but now mainly to fight the Islamic State, not the government.”

Yet, as Obama adjusts U.S. foreign policy to take into account the complex realities in the Middle East, he now faces another front in this conflict – from the U.S. Congress, which has long been held in thrall by the Israel lobby.

Not only has Speaker Boehner appealed to Netanyahu to deliver what amounts to a challenge to President Obama’s foreign policy but congressional neocons are even accusing Obama’s team of becoming Iranian stooges. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a Democratic neocon, said, “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”

If indeed Netanyahu does end up addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress, its members would face a stark choice of either embracing Israel’s foreign policy as America’s or backing the decisions made by the elected President of the United States.

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+69 # nice2bgreat 2015-01-23 13:45
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So Boehner is actually bringing a foreign leader into the -- US -- House of Representatives ' chamber? ... to challenge the US President.

Say it ain't so, Joe.
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+41 # nice2bgreat 2015-01-23 13:49
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Or is it that this foreign leader will simply take the opportunity to challenge the President, even though he/she is in the US House of Representatives ' chamber?
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+24 # glennjc 2015-01-24 00:36
If it's illegal in the US for foreign entities to fund US campaigns, why is it okay for the US to fund campaigns in foreign countries? Imagine if you were Israeli and 90-percent of your leader's campaign was funded by the US. Would you feel like you were participating in a democracy?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/01/06/netanyahu_american_donors_small_group_funds_huge_share_of_israeli_prime.html
 
 
+70 # ericlipps 2015-01-23 18:42
Netanyahu is coming to Congress to give its new Republican members the opportunity to kiss his ring before he puts one through their noses. And of course to sound off against President Obama, something Republicans are always happy to hear someone do (they’d feel the same way if it were Bashir Assad)—but that’s just a bonus.
 
 
+3 # TomThumb 2015-01-26 13:58
Kiss his ring? Netanyahoo, as Letterman called him, should drop his pants as the Congressmen line up to plant a big wet kiss on his tush as a sign of fealty. Instead of speaking with the Speaker and VP behind and above him, it should be rearranged for him to speak above and behind them, to underscore whose really in charge. Tommy Rimes
 
 
+65 # X Dane 2015-01-23 19:52
nice2bgreat.
I am beyond furious. Why has nobody pointed out that Boehner and the republicans are TRAITORS. They are asking a warmongering prime minister of ANOTHER COUNTRY to dictate how we should conduct our foreign policy.

This is what happens when so many in congress has dual citizenship with Israel. They do not grasp that they owe loyalty to USA .....NOT Israel.

Traitors used to be thrown in jail and hanged for actions like this. Something is seriously wrong. And Netanyaho forgets who is propping up his country with BILLIONS annually.

I can't believe that Boehner is allowed to get away with this. It is sickening.
 
 
+26 # wantrealdemocracy 2015-01-23 21:04
I too am beyond furious! Our Congress is full of people who should be charged with TREASON!! Those corrupt creatures deserve to so charged and if guilty PUT TO DEATH!!

The United States has no business to be sending billions of dollars and our armed forces to the Middle East. Day by day we are causing the growth of terrorist forces who have damn good reason to hate Americans. We are killing people day and night all over the Middle East. We sure as hell are not winning the hearts and minds of those people. We need to get the hell out and take care of our problems here at home. That money for the endless wars could be used to put Americans to work rebuilding our failing infrastructure.

Don't vote for anyone in Congress now. NO ONE! They are not working for us. They work for their Israeli paymasters.
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-24 15:25
Don't vote for anyone in Congress now. NO ONE! They are not working for us. They work for their Israeli paymasters.


And their Arab and Chinese paymasters , don't forget... Expect Jeb, like bro', W , will be all kissee kissee with his Saudi 'pals' !!!
 
 
+32 # LGNTexas 2015-01-23 21:04
Just another example of the racist reich-wing delegitimizing our first black president.
 
 
+1 # bmiluski 2015-01-28 10:26
y dear X Dane........the republican party should have been tried for treason the split second that McConnell proclaimed that the #1 priority for the republican party was to make Obama a one term president. Not the economy (which was on the edge of disaster.. Not the people who were losing their homes because of the greed on Wall St. Oh no, for him it was what was best for the republican party and the country be damned.
 
 
0 # X Dane 2015-02-13 02:45
bmiluski.
It infuriated me from the minute I heard about it. I could not believe that these bastards had the NERVE to say it out loud.


And I sure do not understand that there hasn't been an infuriated outcry, that the republicans would sacrifice the country and our economy just to topple the president.

That is unadulterated hate, and I think race hatred. I am sure they are furious... that although too slowly...our economy IS recovering.

If the republicans had not sabotaged everything Obama tried to do, we would be much further ahead in our recovery. DAMNED republicans traitors to OUR country.
 
 
+24 # Interested Observer 2015-01-23 19:52
It will save the time usually spent getting our Mid-east policy translated from Hebrew.
 
 
+12 # ritawalpoleague 2015-01-24 07:28
BOEHNER AIN'T A LONER - So many pols. these so deplorable days, obviously including Boehner, are certainly bought off, very frequently by Netanyahu's infamous lobbying buyoff tool, AIPAC.

It's a bet that Net will get more.....

OH SO PROFITABLE (for the Zionists) WAR
 
 
+72 # indian weaver 2015-01-23 14:35
Hard to believe Boehner would do this - not. I think crass now amounts to treason, or sedition? Where is our worthless spineless AG now? Time for being cute is over. Attack Netanyahoo criminally, whatever it takes. Such is the state of the union - what union?
 
 
+83 # MEBrowning 2015-01-23 18:20
Yes! During Dubya's presidency, the Republicans constantly harangued anybody they thought didn't have "respect for the office of the president." In other words, anyone who dared to criticize neocon chickenhawks who pandered to the 1% and ignored everybody else. Where's their respect for the office of the president now? Hypocrites all.
 
 
+33 # wrknight 2015-01-23 18:32
With Republicans, loyalty trumps hypocrisy.
 
 
+13 # randrjwr 2015-01-23 20:43
Quoting wrknight:
With Republicans, loyalty trumps hypocrisy.


I presume you mean loyalty to Israel.
 
 
-27 # Regina 2015-01-23 23:30
We don't need anti-semites on top of racists in our Congress (or anywhere else).
 
 
+34 # Old4Poor 2015-01-24 01:47
Being anti Zionist expansion is not being anti Semitic.
 
 
+16 # jdd 2015-01-24 06:42
Being ant-terrorist is not being anti-Semitic. Naetanyahu's alliance with reactionary Gulf monarchies is nothing new. Israel has collaborated with wahabist terrorism since least the late 70's when it joined with the CIA, MI6, and Pakistan's SIS along with Saudi moneybags like Bin-Laden to create the Afghan mujahadeen. At every point since, it has taken the US/Saudi side against progressive or secular Arab regimes.
 
 
+12 # reiverpacific 2015-01-24 10:53
Quoting Regina:
We don't need anti-semites on top of racists in our Congress (or anywhere else).


Being anti-LIKUD is nowhere near being anti-semitic.
It's about being pro-peace and justice -look at the company both Boner and Nutty-yahoo keep and their action, which peak as loudly as their words in this case.
If you can't see that, you're as blinkered as these two rabid reactionaries are.
 
 
+5 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-24 15:28
No, I expect, loyalty to party ... which all Teapugicans have shown trump loyalty to the common good, the people, or so-called American values.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-25 16:54
Quoting randrjwr:
Quoting wrknight:
With Republicans, loyalty trumps hypocrisy.


I presume you mean loyalty to Israel.


No, loyalty to PARTY, above country! I would say.
 
 
+62 # wrknight 2015-01-23 18:30
"Besides this extraordinary recognition of another country’s leader as the true definer of U.S. foreign policy, Boehner’s move reflects an ignorance of what is actually occurring on the ground in the Middle East."

Boehner's ignorance extends far beyond foreign policy. In fact, one should question whether he is simply ignorant or just plain stupid.
 
 
+54 # wrknight 2015-01-23 18:35
Along with those who vote for him.
 
 
+3 # Karen 2015-01-24 14:15
Just plain stupid!!
 
 
+50 # fredboy 2015-01-23 18:33
Makes you want to re-open the 9/11 and Iraq invasion investigations, doesn't it? Sniff, sniff...
 
 
+60 # fredboy 2015-01-23 18:34
Get ready for a huge backfire if this happens. Putting both Israel and the GOP in the doghouse. Dumb bastards.
 
 
+18 # randrjwr 2015-01-23 20:45
Quoting fredboy:
Get ready for a huge backfire if this happens. Putting both Israel and the GOP in the doghouse. Dumb bastards.


I hope the doghouse has a big, tough lock on the door and a high fence topped with razor wire around it.
 
 
+64 # Ausmar 2015-01-23 19:05
Boehner's action is despicable. He has snubbed the president, impaired his diplomatic efforts with Iran, and implicitly acknowledged the Congress subservience to the Israeli lobby. Clearly, by calling on Netanyahu, his aim is to put pressure on some hesitant, AIPAC intimidated Democrats to fall in line with right wing Israeli policy and thereby have enough votes to overcome a presidential veto on further immediate sanctions on Iran, thus opening the way to armed intervention in Iran alongside Israel. Hopefully, enough of the American people will support the president in expressing their disdain for this kind of devious, dangerous, and servile behavior by the US Congress, so as to put a strain on American-Israel i relations. It would be about time for the US to stop being a lackey of Israel.
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-24 15:34
Actually, W was a revolting lackey and a lapdog to the Saudis (as evidenced in his reactions on 9/11), not Israel , so this lumping of 'ALL Y .... do X ... does not make a lot of sense, though I assume it may help you justify a rant against all things Israeli/(crypto -Jewish)?
 
 
+39 # angelfish 2015-01-23 19:16
WHO the Hell does Boehner think he IS? WHAT gives him the ability OR the right to invite foreigners to speak to our Congress? Murderous NAZI foreigners, at that? It smacks of subversion and outright TREASON! I am appalled at his lack of judgment in taking it upon himself to do this. My only hope is that this might be the beginning of the end of the ReTHUGlican Party. Sane Americans EVERYWHERE should rise up and demand that he be REMOVED as Speaker and that they search High and Low for a ReTHUGlican with Bat's sense! I know it's a stretch but there has GOT to be someone out there with a modicum of intellect and sense of decorum. God help us and save us from these intellectual defectives!
 
 
+39 # Nominae 2015-01-23 19:34
From the article : "The Boehner-Netanya hu arrangement demonstrates a mutual contempt for this President’s authority to conduct American foreign policy as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution."
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Precisely, and therefore the Boehner-Netanya hu arrangement is *illegal* by the simple *reason* of being obviously, and egregiously Unconstitutiona l.

As Indian Weaver notes above, if the Justice Department and the White House bend over, lie down and accept *this* "rogering", they deserve everything they get.

And we, the American "observers" of Government, get a full shout out about the fact that Obama and Holder are COMPLICIT in this bullshit - simply demonstrated by their refusal to ENFORCE against a clearly cut violation of the U.S. Constitution.

This Kabuki Theater that *IS* U.S. Government is really beginning to grow quite threadbare. It now takes nothing to "see through" all of the phony posturing.
 
 
+43 # reiverpacific 2015-01-23 19:44
Isn't Mr "Cancer-bed-sun tan" Boner actually doing what he accused Obama of and wants to sue him for, as in "Overreaching his power" over the ACA, which actually helped a lot of people, it's imperfections notwithstanding?
All Nutty-Yahoo and his proto-Fascist and by default Rabidly Nationalist LIKUD party has done is press for "Israeli Exceptionalism" in committing attempted genocide, mass-murder, apartheid destruction of habitat and livelihood on a people forced to live in "The biggest open-air prison in the World"!
They should both be locked up in the Abu-Grahib Country Club for delusional rogue leaders!
 
 
+11 # angelfish 2015-01-23 21:48
Thank you reiverpacific, you are right ON the money!
 
 
+6 # Paul Larudee 2015-01-23 20:18
Can we commission a suitable crown that quickly?
 
 
+26 # Activista 2015-01-23 20:19
Great analysis and focus on the problem - this is essential - USA can NOT fight another war - can not afford it morally and economically.
We are not helping Israel by solving their problems with neighbors by killing them.
2014 killing of Gaza - 2140 Palestinians, mostly civilians - is direction where Netanyahu wants to go.
Hope that people of Israel (and USA) wake up and stop this psychopath.
 
 
+14 # Jayceecool 2015-01-23 20:31
Does anyone else see the portents of a coup-de-etat here?
 
 
+11 # jdd 2015-01-23 20:38
While Boehner's move is disgraceful, the bigger threat at this time if Obama's quite open admission of financial warfare against Russia and his support for Unkrain's assault on the Donbas region and intent to send advisors to the "National Guard." Obama also made threatening statements against China. So while it is true that Obama realizes that he needs Russia's help to defeat ISIS, he continues to threaten and harden relations with two of the world's greatest nuclear powers.
 
 
-18 # Anonymot 2015-01-23 21:54
Obama is not a foreign policy mind - he has none. The CIA dictates to him. His own policy advisors are all CIA oriented or simply stupid in the field of diplomacy.

The last real foreign policy we had was Dick Cheney's - who had a brain transplant as a boy. I think he got Palin's.
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2015-01-24 10:56
Quoting Anonymot:
Obama is not a foreign policy mind - he has none. The CIA dictates to him. His own policy advisors are all CIA oriented or simply stupid in the field of diplomacy.

The last real foreign policy we had was Dick Cheney's - who had a brain transplant as a boy. I think he got Palin's.


Examples please; you can't point a pistol without having a target.
 
 
+27 # Shorey13 2015-01-23 20:43
Boehner is both stupid and a traitor. He either doesn't understand our democracy or chooses to violate it. Foreign policy is the province of the Executive Branch, with Congressional approval of Treaties, Wars and other formal matters. Boehner clearly has no interest in responsible governance.

But, I was not really unhappy when the Republicans won the last election, because I like to see stupid, evil people given enough rope to hang themselves. The Republicans will be roundly defeated in 2016. You can bet on it.
 
 
+11 # wantrealdemocracy 2015-01-23 21:14
I hope they will be defeated but not by Democrats. The two corporate parties are equally bad. We need to follow the foot steps of Spain and Greece and form a new political party to represent the working people and throw the plutocrats out of our government. We don't need endless wars and austerity. We need a government to serve the people of this nation and protect our mother the Earth. Down with this rotten government!
 
 
+10 # Saberoff 2015-01-23 21:14
The world may well not last that long.
 
 
+11 # shgo 2015-01-23 21:36
setting up for 2016 - hope it all backfires - on all these fools who purport to represent the people of this country. NONE OF THEM DO. They represent the corporate plutocracy. Maybe more of us will take to the streets, phones, legislators offices, and come together in a movement that says NO to all of it - but with a vision for social and economic justice for ALL!
 
 
+15 # Anonymot 2015-01-23 21:39
All of this is historically normal. Mussolini invited Hitler to speak before the Italian parliament. Franco and Hitler were close allies in the Spanish Civil War. Fascists stick together. We and the CIA have always embraced dictators. So what's new?

I assume that Obama alone doesn't have the power to shut off our payments to Israel.
 
 
+16 # CarolYost 2015-01-23 21:54
I'm thrilled to see intelligent comments in relation to Israel, for once--no Zionists. Of course Boehner is stupid and treacherous. I would love it if, while Netanyahu's away from his home, there was a coup d'etat in Israel and a good leader put in his place!--One who would work toward a single state for all, Jews, Palestinians, everybody, as there should have been all along. No Jewish state for Jews only. When you have a country set up on behalf of one religion or group, the results are ugly. The Holocaust taught us that.

Yes, let's rise up against the Boehner-Netanya hu fraud. And let's end the US devotion to Israel once and for all. Buchanan was so right when he called Congress--what? --Israeli-occup ied territory.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-24 15:41
Hmmm and should all the Arab states (and Iran), the Saudis' for one, also be required to be one state for all religions, not just Muslims?
I am no fan of Netanyahu, and hope he might be replaced ... soon, but there appear to be rules you want applied only to Israel and not to the surrounding Arab states and that strikes me as somewhat suspicious, and simplistic.
 
 
+11 # Interested Observer 2015-01-23 22:44
Imagine my surprise when I did not see the Andy Borowitz by-line on this one!
 
 
+15 # jwb110 2015-01-24 00:32
This is going to backfire on the GOP in oh so many ways. They won't have enough hands to cover their asses.
 
 
-28 # stannadel 2015-01-24 07:05
All these leftists who are suddenly advocates of an Imperial Presidency--you are all singing the old tune of Nixon and Cheney. Pat Buchanan was an Antisemite and it looks like Parry is finally joining their ranks too--that's what happens when Israel derangement syndrome sets in. Those who claim the the Jews are buying control of governments are singing that old Jew haters' song sung by Antisemites for the last hundred and fifty years--changing the word "Jews" to "Zionists" or "the Israel lobby" doesn't change the song.
 
 
+7 # walt 2015-01-24 10:04
One has to wonder how much more Americans need to see of AIPAC's lobby money owning the entire Congress before they realize that US foreign policy is Israeli-control led. When Netanyahu addresses Congress yet again, watch all of them tripping over themselves to show their loyal support for that lobby money. It's a pathetic scene at best and is totally bi-partisan. In fact, the biggest recipient is Democratic Senator Menendez of New Jersey.

Bibi is coming for one reason...to get the USA into more war to protect his tyrannical state. Perhaps Obama should arrange a trip of his own to visit with the Palestinians.
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-24 15:44
UH, who is it actually owns us? — bonds, land, lock, stock and barrel?
The Saudis, China? et al
 
 
+9 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-01-24 12:41
Gotta keep the war machine well fed so the "neocons" and their corporate backers keep getting fatter. The constant bickering between the Democrats and the Republicans is only a "cover" for corporate control of "our" government. WAKE UP AMERICA.
 
 
0 # Aliazer 2015-01-24 15:29
Instead of complaining about the treason of Bohner and numerous other members of Congress being committed daily against the United States and its people,wouldn't it be better to set up a guillotine on the steps of Congress and treat each and everyone of these traitors with the just wrath that they deserve?
 
 
+4 # Archie1954 2015-01-24 19:58
There are a few words that describe Boehner such as Traitor, Treasonous and Treacherous. But what do you call a President who won't call him out publicly and put an end to such poison?
 
 
0 # AUCHMANNOCH 2015-01-25 01:33
Can it be true that Israel is supporting the same group responsible for 9/11?

If so then surely all funding and cooperation by the U.S.A. with Israel should cease right now!
 
 
+2 # Savage 2015-01-25 02:18
Back in my younger years, we called people like Boehner QUISLINGS.
 
 
+4 # rhgreen 2015-01-25 11:44
Boehner: " .. 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."
If Boehner had a lobotomy no-one would notice any difference. Is he serious? Doesn't he know that the most serious and capable opponent of the all-Sunni radical Islamic jihadists IS Iran? Does Boehner know anything? Fortunately the US Senate constitutionall y has much more to do with foreign policy than does the House of Representatives .
 
 
+1 # TomThumb 2015-01-26 14:22
So, Al Nusra is allied with ISIL, Israel is allied with Al Nusra, and the US is bombing ISIL. Is the US still allied with Israel?
I read a year or two ago, before the current head of ISIL took charge, that it was actually being run by the head of Saudi intelligence. I have also read where the US was actually training ISIL. In fact, I read where there is a picture of McCain and Petraeus at an ISIL training camp. This is really not all that strange, as one tactic of the CIA General Landsdale was to set up a battle between the Philippine Army and some insurgents he reruited and have the press on hand to watch it.
The US never intended to completely leave Iraq. The more the terrior, the more the merrier. Tommy Rimes
 
 
+2 # TomThumb 2015-01-26 14:25
The biggest instigator of terror in the world is the US and Israel, even against the US public. Tommy Rimes
 
 
+1 # TomThumb 2015-01-26 14:47
Dick Cheney has publicly predicted that there will be a new massive terror attack in the US soon, and that it will be nuclear. He should know as he will be part of it. My prediction is that it will be an excuse to round up dissidents and send them to the famous FEMA camps. However, some of these will not go to the camps. After all, you don't need camps for dead people. Tommy Rimes
 
 
0 # Rockster 2015-01-27 11:08
If, the majority of the citizens in Israel want peace not Likud, the vast majority of people's in Palestine , Egypt , Iran. Iraq, Syria , Lebanon all want peace ; not elites in their or other countries pushing them to hate and die. I believe that this is the true state of affairs in people's hearts and minds and that in all cases including the USA , China, Russia. Experts have said that all the Islamic extremists put together represent less than one tenth of one % of Moslems in the world. That's probably about the average % for all cultures. So how is it that this tiny number of people have such outsized power? Just to be clear , many of these criminals occupy very high places in politics. So the terrorists In office need the terrorists with bombs to keep the 99% of everyone else in line. Fear, revenge, despising " the other", anger, frustration, pain, are the emotions trained into us by the unholy alliance of Terrorists above us and terrorists behind us. be afraid, very afraid ! Ironically, playing " The Victim" is a favored ploy of all these terrorists . Refusing to believe them , their lies and their fear mongering is the way out. Mental, emotional liberty is the real antidote since it's impossible to bomb ideas out of existence. Truth, Love, Community, family, are all stronger ideas than any Fearful Fabrications.
 
 
0 # mudbike 2015-01-31 21:50
When Netanyahu arrives, he should be immediately arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.
 

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