Republicans’ Allegiance Is to Israel; Not America

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Since the new Koch Congress has already solved every one of America’s pressing issues and desperately need cheerleaders to advance their agenda, Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis to address Congress.  No doubt the two ‘religious’ leaders will inspire a rousing standing ovation from Republicans, and then they will launch into discourses that are so typically Republican it will indeed be painful to watch. In fact, it will be torture to listen to Netanyahu impose his foreign policy recommendations on America, but it will be particularly arduous to listen to Pope Francis do his imitation of a conservative Republican; more on that later.

It is obvious now that America is not in an ‘official war,’ Republicans need a fear-mongering diatribe from Netanyahu on the pressing necessity for anything to draw America into another Middle East war. Republicans beholden to Israel, and not America, have panted for a war with Iran since before 2008, and with a fair number of Democrats have sought desperately for any means to derail the United Nations negotiations to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu will dutifully do his part as fierce opponent of the nuclear agreement with Iran and will lend his voice to Republicans and some Democrats rebuttal to the President’s diplomacy first policy; because they are in lock step with Israel’s foreign policy that according to their mindset is in America’s best interest.

First, Boehner’s inviting a foreigner to address a joint session of Congress without consulting or notifying the President or the State Department is considered “a departure from usual diplomatic protocol, and bizarre.”  Boehner blew off normal diplomatic protocol and said, “Congress can make this decision on its own. There is a serious threat that exists in the world, and the president last night just papered over it. 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.” Of course, when it comes to pushing for another Middle East war; who better to provide Americans with a “serious conversation” that warmonger Netanyahu? Apparently Lindsey Graham and John McCain are losing their luster.

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In Israel, the opposition parties have remarked, loudly, that Netanyahu is “trampling on the framework of our relations with the U.S. for political gain ahead of a general election.” The Meretz Party in Israel said it was filing a complaint with the Central Elections Committee to prohibit Israeli television and radio stations from broadcasting Netanyahu’s “campaign speech” and “rebuttal to President Obama’s foreign policy” it claims is a “blatant violation of campaign laws;” so typically Republican. It is also another opportunity for Netanyahu to pressure the United States Congress into furnishing more of Israel’s military funding courtesy of the American taxpayers.

According to a deputy minister close to Netanyahu, “it’s the prime minister’s right to stand by ‘his’  position as much as President Obama has a right to stand by his, and to demonstrate how we think about how to deal with Iran.” Let that sink in for a moment. Republicans are allowing a foreign leader to not only campaign in front of joint session of Congress, but to lay out Israel’s proposals for America’s foreign policy in the Middle East. Boehner is not about to allow America, or President Obama set the nation’s foreign policy and complained that “the president warned us not to move ahead with sanctions on Iran. His exact message to us was, ‘Hold your fire.’ He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: ‘Hell no!’ … We’re going to do no such thing. I am specifically asking him (Netanyahu) to address Congress on the threats posed by radical Islam and Iran to send a clear message to the White House about our commitment to Israel.”

Boehner’s rhetoric is pathetically sickening; although not surprising. If anyone does not need a foreign warmonger to inform him about the threat from radical Islam it is President Obama. The President has been decimating radical Islamists to great effect without taking counsel from Netanyahu. In fact, the President takes a world of criticism for ordering “too many” drone strikes killing terrorists and their leadership.

As reported yesterday in the world press, “Over the last 24 hours, ISIS has been defeated in every front in Iraq in unprecedented way. From Mosul to the north to Anbar to the west and Diyala to the east, Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias, Sunni tribes and Kurdish forces were all victorious in battle. Since the start of the U.S.-led air campaign, ISIS has lost its momentum in Iraq and lost some of the cities and towns that it captured in June 2014.”

According to a statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, “Two days after President Obama told Congress that Islamic State’s advances in Syria and Iraq were being halted, thousands of the fighters had been killed and 270 square miles recaptured in Iraq.” Barack Obama does not need Benjamin Netanyahu to “send a clear message to the White House” about the threat of radical Islam; or the need for more hundreds-of-millions of American taxpayer dollars to fund Israel’s military.

So there it is. Speaker of the House Boehner is calling in a foreign leader and war monger to send “a clear message to the White House” about “Republicans commitment to Israel;” not to America, not to the American people, and not to American interests in peaceful negotiations and diplomacy as opposed to another preemptive Middle East war in Israel’s best interests.

One wonders, seriously, if Boehner and McConnell will task federal park employees to remove all American flags in and around the nation’s Capital and festoon the area with Israeli flags because it is painfully obvious Boehner and Republicans’ allegiance is to Israel; not America. It is entirely plausible, and likely that John Boehner has Republicans brushing up on the Israeli national anthem for a rousing rendition to impress Netanyahu with just how devoted to Israeli national interests Republicans really are.

33 Replies to “Republicans’ Allegiance Is to Israel; Not America”

  1. With respect to Pope Franncis, this writer may well be wrong. He’s likely going to talk to Congress in connection with anthropogenic climate change–not exactly a thing to set well with the GOP.

  2. this is an interesting discussion of the power to conduct foreign affairs and policy…

    http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/an-understanding-of-the-constitutions-foreign-affairs-power

    while there are tons of these articles available its clear Auntie Lindsey and John of the Orange needs additional schooling on the Constitution… as, with the Bible, these sanctimonious hypocrites need to actually read the Constitution and understand how the powers have evolved down to the particular branches of the Government…

  3. Today I called my senator and emailed him and asked him who was the president of this country? Was it President Obama or President Natanyahu? I told them it was a sad day the disrespect they showed the Office of the President. No matter who the president is they should respect the office. I also told them shame that they slapped the president face and they come off looking like little crybabies.

  4. But the media is obsessed about the President talking to youtube.

    Here we have a clear violation of the Logan act and nothing but crickets when a party outsource our national interest to another country.

  5. Let’s be very clear here. The republicans do not like non Christians, therefore, the Israelis, ie, the Jewish peoples. They are defending The Holy Land, not the people, because after all they did kill Jesus!

  6. Just when you think you’ve heard and seen almost everything from these un-american Kock loyalist they pull this crap, these people are a “disgrace” to all Americans Democrats and Republicans, you’re showing other countries just how ignorant you are, and believe me their all watching this republican sideshow. Allowing a foreign leader in our congress dictating our foreign policy. WTF

  7. I’ve always said and contended that Republicans are unAmerican, even anti-American. This move by Boehner and Republicans in Congress underscores it.

    So…where are all the Baggers with their “America for Americans” mantra now?

    Will normal Republican voters finally wake up and see what useful tools they are to the MIC and rising fascists in this country? Will they finally see the light and vote Democratic Party if they love this country as much as they say?

    We can always hope.

  8. I completely agree with you (baronsternberg). While the traditional Papal position harmonizes well with the Republican agenda, this new Pope is decidedly progressive. Particularly on Climate Change, Human rights, and the need to address poverty and income inequality. I am a “fallen Catholic” but this man inspires me.

    I think the Conservatives are in for a real eye-opener.

  9. And it could be worse. He may be a Jimmy Carter is sheep’s clothing and actually recommend kindness to the poor and needy. [WINK]

    “If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values, because you don’t”.

    – Jimmy Carter

  10. I am a NY Democrat and I emailed my two Senators – Schumer and Gillibrand – yesterday to tell them that if they attended the talk before Congress by Netanyahu or met with him while on this visit then I would never vote for either of them again nor give them a red cent. Any Member of Congress that participates in the show of disrespect for the President of the United States should be shunned in America.

  11. Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

    That is the Logan Act. Prosecute Boehner and Mitchel under the Logan Act.

  12. They are owned by the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson who is behind the visit from the Israeli prime minister. I found it especially interesting that Mossad is opposed to his visit because it threatens the continuation of negotiations with Iran over nuclear issues. Good old GOP! Let’s wreck the negotiations, then we can have another war. What fools they are and how irresponsible they are.

  13. The State Department should call in the Israeli ambassador (who has been instrumental in arranging this speech before Congress by Netanyahu) and send him home for a time out until Israel learns some manners and shows some respect for their benefactor country.

  14. This should be required reading by every single person in the U.S. government, and entered into the Congressional Record, after it is read to Congress BEFORE Bibi’s visit. Then, those who have the authority, should arrest, or at least censure Boehner and his allies who help him bring about this tremendous act of treason, which it is. Then after that, we can address the disrespect shown to the President.

  15. OH Maggie do I agree with you….
    In fact I believe any Senator Dem who does attend this show, should turn their back on them, turn their back in Bonehead HIMSELF when ever he comes before the Senate. Just for a while. Perhaps then he would lose some of his bombastic attitude. He, needs to be brought DOWN.

  16. It’s a violation of the Logan Act, passed by John Adams; citizens cannot conduct foreign policy that is not mandated by the Department of State. He went around the proper channels. Just imagine if Nancy Pelosi, in 2007, invited Sarkozy to speak to Congress about the futility and illegality of the Iraq War

  17. Why do people put up with the crap Israel dishes out. They are not following Jesus, they are following their own Jewish self-interest. I wrote this last fall: I attended a Nazarene retreat a while back for a Bible Study. One thing that struck me really hard was that God gave Israel the promise land that consisted of 300,000 square miles, but throughout history Israel has never occupied more than 30,000 square miles, WHY? Because just as Christians today, our Lord Jesus Christ gives to us, but we will not obey him; we will not go and receive it; and sin continues to be a stronghold. To this day Israel does not believe Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior, so their sin will continue to hold them back; just as our sins will hold us back from our blessings. God separates Himself from sin! Our Sunday school lesson that following week was Joshua 7 and what was this chapter of the Bible about? Be strong; be courageous; obey God; stop the exaggerated whining; and stop disobeying God as Joshu…

  18. Why isn’t interfering with delicate international negotiations considered treason?? It’s not surprising that the GOP is in love with Netanyahu.

    I think they really want the negotiations to fail.

    What would the world be like if we were at war in every place that the GOP felt threatened, North Korea, Syria, Libya,IRAN, Russia and continue the fight in Iraq,Afghanistan.
    PS
    The GOP was also in love with Putin, they loved his swagger and his decisiveness, til he decided to invade the Ukraine.OOPS

  19. The Republicans are the American Taliban on a mission to destroy America & undermine our govt via the Koch Bros. Boner needs to be impeached for the welfare of our America & disrespect to our president by ignoring the laws & chains of comman,who the he// does he think he is…

  20. This action on the part of Boehner just turned my stomach. This has its roots in two or three things that have not been resolved. One is dark money getting yahoos elected to Congress. Another is gerrymandering getting yahoos elected to Congress. The third is the continuing presence of Boehner as speaker. You have tea party dumb asses pushing Boehner who is as weak a leader as we’ve ever seen, moving in an ever more rightward direction.

  21. How about this: Who cares what religion they follow? Stop the billions in US aid and armaments; force them to stop playing the victim card while committing genocide.

  22. Yeah, we haven’t heard much from the Repugnicans with regard to their pale-skinned, dead-eyed, man-boobed love object since he managed to tank the ruble.

  23. Remember when the band The Dixie Chicks spoke at their concert in London and said they were embarrassed to be from the same state (Texas) as George Bush? I seem to recall republicans having an aneurism over that, especially because the comments were made on foreign soil. It was on every news program, their CDs and concerts were boycotted. And yet this dickweed goes behind his President’s back to call on a foreign leader to come and speak against the President on our soil. Not at a concert but on the floor of the United States Congress. How is this not treason?

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