The Prime Minister of our closest ally appeared before a joint session of Congress to address the treaty being negotiated by the Obama Administration and Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu appeared and spoke for 50 minutes. He received about 40 standing ovations from those in attendance. On the surface, it appeared to be a very smooth event. Under the surface lies a very different story.
John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, invited the Israeli Prime Minister, to address Congress on the treaty without first asking for approval from the White House. The Obama Administration was livid, and did all they could to stop the invitation.
Netanyahu came to America and spoke to Congress for one reason. He wanted a platform where his position would be heard. He knows a bad deal when he sees one. The deal Obama was making would almost guarantee Iran would go nuclear within ten years but after Obama left office. It seems the deal is more important than the details.
Obama’s ego really took control of the whole speech thing. Netanyahu did not ask Obama for permission to speak to Congress. Boehner did not attempt to get White House approval. Obama was upset because he wasn’t controlling the whole situation. He also did not want to lose control of the treaty spin.
What has been leaked about the proposed treaty is not very good for the United States or the Middle East. Iran would continue to make high-grade nuclear material capable of being used in weapons. Iran would continue their missile development to get their future nuke’s to targets in Israel or even the United States. The United States would lift the economic sanctions so Iran’s government would be more popular at home.
Iran is doing the on ground fighting for the United States in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and anywhere else ISIS pops up. Their influence is growing as fast as the U.S. withdrawals. Iran is now the most influential country in the Middle East. Netanyahu made all this clear to Congress and the American public who watched his speech. Congress now will have a much stronger voice in approving the treaty.
Saudi Arabia is in discussions with Pakistan about purchasing nuclear weapons as defense against Iran. Once that happens, the other nations in the region will want nukes also. Obama seems to have this theory that these nations should be free to do as they please. As long as any problems fall after he leaves office.
Obama was so upset about Netanyahu speaking to Congress he sent some of his campaign people to Israel to work against Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections next week. It is unclear if Obama just has a dislike for the Prime Minister or is it for the nation of Israel itself. No matter, the relations between the United States and Israel have never been worse or more strained.
I am sure Netanyahu will be happy when the Obama Administration leaves town. Maybe even as much as this writer.