Nancy Pelosi Slams Netanyahu For Insulting America’s Intelligence

Israeli PM Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of US Congress

Yesterday in the Capital there was an image that Republicans and neo-conservatives have yearned for since George W. Bush lied and fear mongered to take America to war in Iraq. There was their hero, the so-called ‘leader of the free world’ Benjamin Netanyahu standing at the podium. A foreigner stood in the spot where the real president of the United States delivers his annual State of the Union speech with two Republican war-mongers seated directly behind him. Although it was orgasmic for neo-cons and war-hungry conservative Christians, as Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) said, “It was putting Netanyahu on an equal level with the President of the United States. And that was wrong.”

Cohen was not alone in his disgust for the image of a foreigner playing at being America’s president. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was furious. When Netanyahu suggested his nation’s relationship with the United States should be above politics, and then declared that, “if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand,” Pelosi threw her hands up in exasperation and was visibly incensed.

After Republicans allowed a foreigner to appear as if he was commander in chief giving the state of the union address, Pelosi headed out a different door into the Democratic cloakroom to avoid Netanyahu. She said, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States.” Pelosi added that she did not appreciate Netanyahu’s “condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.” What makes Netanyahu and Republicans ‘condescending insult’ even more infuriating and egregious is that he is demanding half-a-billion dollars more from American taxpayers for Israel’s military; more on that later.

To fully comprehend un-American neo-conservatives fealty to a foreigner as if he is America’s leader, an editorial in the conservative National Review declared that “the leader of the free world addressed Congress on Tuesday while the American president is doing everything possible to undermine him. Nobody on the world stage speaks for civilization the way Netanyahu does while Barack Obama babbles about how Christians were such meanies a thousand years ago in the Crusades.” Israel would not exist if not for America, and President Obama has surpassed previous administrations’ support and defense of Israel’s security.

The neo-con used talking points Dick Cheney and Senator John McCain would be proud of.  As an aside, war criminal Cheney is meeting with Republican leaders in Congress next week to capitalize on Netanyahu’s attempt to subvert negotiations with Iran. According to the neo-con editorial,  the real leader of the free world, America’s President Barack Obama, is “conducting a diplomatic and political assault against Netanyahu of a ferocity rarely seen in the annals of American foreign policy. Obama’s actions are malignant, they pervert American interests, and deprive the entire free world of its single most clarion voice for enlightenment values; Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu, who speaks for America, decency and humaneness, and for vigilance and strength against truly evil adversaries is wise, and Obama is horribly wrong. If the civilized world ignores Netanyahu it will be well-nigh suicidal.”

Netanyahu gave every indication that he would take military action “alone” against Iran to protest any final negotiated agreement between Iran and America. Netanyahu’s solution to stopping Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions is no diplomacy or negotiations like the Bush administration did. The results were that under President George W. Bush’s policy, Iran’s centrifuges grew from 164 in 2003 to approximately 19,000 centrifuges today. It led Bush officials to eventually concede that “there was no possible way to reach a deal without Iran retaining at least a face-saving amount of enrichment capability” for peaceful purposes. In fact, in the latest round of negotiations the Obama administration successfully reached an interim agreement that has frozen Iran’s nuclear program and rolled back its stockpiles of enriched uranium. Inspectors confirm that Iran is holding up its end of the bargain. Doing nothing but saber rattling and issuing threats of war Netanyahu and Republicans prefer was a monumental failure.

What is absolutely stunning, is that while Netanyahu is condemning the Obama Administration and war-mongering, Republicans are concerned that the spending cuts in their sequester may jeopardize Israel’s demand for hundreds-of-millions of taxpayer dollars for missile defense. Some congressional aides say that cuts in America’s defense budget could complicate Congress’ ability to “honor Israel’s demand for over $475 million in U.S. funding for missile defense” if Congress does not ease or rescind budget caps on the overall level of the U.S. defense budget.

This is an outrage; over $475 million in additional spending for Israel’s military as part of America’s defense budget? After Netanyahu has the temerity to criticize America’s foreign policy and lobby Republicans to thwart diplomatic efforts to protect Israel from an alleged nuclear-armed Iran? It is no wonder Nancy Pelosi was near tears with anger; and insulted.

Last week, Israeli officials asked for an additional $41.2 million for the Iron Dome system which has already received over $1.2 billion in U.S. funding. They also demanded an additional $268 million to develop a long-range defense program and another $165 million for initial procurement of both systems. The founder of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance said Congress was likely to approve the request, but the funds would have to be taken from other programs. A senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation said one possibility was “for Congress to include the Israeli programs in a supplemental request for war funding.” The Koch Congress cannot spend one penny for America’s infrastructure, but for Netanyahu who says he will “act alone” to protest a diplomatic deal with Iran will get tens-of-millions to honor its “request for war funding.”

Republicans have gone too far in allowing the leader of a foreign nation, ally or not, to stand in a place reserved for the President and insult Americans; particularly insinuating that he will ‘act alone’ to protest Obama Administration’s diplomatic negotiations to prevent another Middle East war; all while demanding more money for ‘war funding.’ The President was not impressed with Netanyahu’s speech and told Republicans, and the foreigner, that “the Prime Minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives,” and that “foreign policy runs through the executive branch and the president, not through other channels.”

That simple statement alone rankles neo-conservative warmongers and Republicans who still cannot countenance that the leader of the free world, and America, is Barack Obama; not Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite what un-American conservatives believe, not only does Netanyahu not speak for the civilized world, he does not speak for America and it is damn high time Republicans get that through their dysfunctional heads.

33 Replies to “Nancy Pelosi Slams Netanyahu For Insulting America’s Intelligence”

  1. What did she think he was gonna say? He’s been saying the same thing basically for 20+ years

    He comes over here pops junk and war mongers, disrespects (with the help of Republicans) the President, insults our intelligence and has the nerve to ask(damn near demand) for an additional 41.2 million?

    They shouldn’t get jack !@#$%^&

    We need that money for rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and other things (ie healthcare, education, housing)…

  2. In reality Netanyahu only insulted the alleged intelligence of the Republican/Conservative panderers who only want to score points against Obama no matter what the cost to this nation. We sane Americans< Left Leaning know this was only a political stunt long on tooth short on truth.

  3. Bibi should have never been invited to speak to Congress. He has tried to shed doubts on any deal with Iran. In fact he even said that the word of the inspectors checking on the nuclear program does not mean that the deal is honored. So what else in the world can be said? What is in other words the message Netanyahu has send with his speech? “Arabs are never to be trusted, they have to be fought”! What perspective for peace! Disregard the fellow!

  4. The Real Subject of Netanyahu’s Congressional Spectacle (It Isn’t Nukes)

    Benjamin Netanyahu will talk next week, as he has innumerable times before, about how an Iranian nuclear weapon is supposedly an extremely grave and imminent (he has been saying for years that it is just around the corner) threat to world peace and to his nation. There has been genuine concern in Israel about this subject, but Netanyahu’s own behavior and posture indicate this is not the concern that is driving his conduct and in particular his diplomacy-wrecking efforts. He is acting out of other motives, ones that—quite unlike the objective of avoiding an Iranian nuclear weapon—are not shared with the United States and instead directly conflict with U.S. interests.
    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/the-real-subject-netanyahus-congressional-spectacle-it-isnt-12337

  5. One more example that Republicans have no shame, are un-American at the core of their being, and are morally bankrupt. Shame on those who voted for them. Yes, it is high time to take our country back from those who are destroying it from within. Impeach Boehner. And for every Congress person vying for another war, let them pay the expense out of their salary and let the battles be fought by their children. No more wars. No more funding for Israel. Enough already.

  6. Iran was an ally, before the CIA tried to overthrow their elected government and reinstall the Shah.

  7. Can anyone appreciate what Obama has done in the Mid-east? Finally, Arab countries are realizing the enemy is their fanatical elements which they are now rising up against. Isreal is the biggest beneficiary of Obama’s strategy and they are too stupid to appreciate the ongoing results. It is a perfect marriage for the GOP to incite a new war to interfere with this progress. Isreal will start a new war to attract the GOP into committing tax dollars to keep the military industrial complex happy. We are all fools.

  8. The rethugs cheer what this leader in waiting said. willing to cut from the funds needed in this country. You forgot the vets from the rethug wars that get no support. The thugs love wars that they, never find any of their own serve in. Best quote for that is ” I had better things to do”

  9. Time for Pelosi to put on her GOOD COP routine.

    She’s trying to act as though she didn’t have a clue as to what Netty was going to say?

    If Nancy didn’t know what Netanyahu was coming to say, he insulted America when he made a deal with the devilish Republican party to dismiss The Office of the President of the United States of America by addressing Congress after disregarding protocol in his coutry and in America.

    As Congressional leaders of the Democratic Party, with a Democratic President in office, you, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the whole Democratic Party in Congress had no business with your asses in those seats.

  10. I’m not so sure this is a great idea. Boehner is not as extreme as a great deal of the rest of the House is right now. We could wind up with an extreme Christian Right Wing Speaker of the House if Boehner is unseated. This idea could result in something much worse for the long term.

  11. Netanyahu insinuates that he will act alone, militarily, against Iran if we don’t accede to his demands?

    Who in Hades does he think he is kidding? He makes one move, militarily, against Iran and the middle eastern countries will raise up and obliterate him and Israel. It wouldn’t take much and there is a LOT of anger towards Israel.

    I find it more than interesting that Iran has been contributing to the fight against ISIL/ISIS, while Netanyahu sits on his rear posterior and does nothing except demand mo’ money, mo’ money.

    I also find it interesting that Iran hasn’t been invading other countries while Israel, under Netanyahu, has.

    We need to cut this sucker off. He wants to invade Iran, then let him do it alone, without
    our help, either militarily or financially. Lets take away ALL our foreign aid then see what he has to say.

  12. “not only does Netanyahu not speak for the civilized world, he does not speak for America…”

    Does Netanyahu even speak for Israel???

  13. It’s more than a damn shame how they treat the Vets
    As far as I’m concerned, they can gather all their family and friends and go fight all they please-I’ll gladly drive them all to the nearest airport. If I don’t have enough space, I’ll recruit people to help me take them

    My new motto is if you want war you and your family go first…

  14. In fact I wonder why Nancy Pelosi did attend Bibi’s speech. She could have led the dissidents to boycott attendance! The guy has come to give a hand the Repubblicans. But also to set guidelines for the turnover the midMarch elections will provide with Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni that are going to win!

  15. To quote from the “Godfather II”: “Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer”.

    And that’s what Obama is trying to do with Iran.

    But the Repugs? Nah, all they want is to wage war. Because that’s ALL thet know. Remember Oct 1962, when they wanted to attack Cuba and called Kennedy “Neville Chamberlain”?

    Well, Kennedy sorted it out without firing a single round.

  16. That image of Netanyahu at the podium delivering his condescending, reprimanding speech—was: DISGUSTING! I don’t care how much a “Friend” Israel is….it was a reprehensible sight to see this foreign leader getting standing ovations and smiles from the Republicans. As Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) said, “It was putting Netanyahu on an equal level with the President of the United States. And that was wrong.” I agree. And those Republicans who are for ever shouting America’s exceptionalism, ought to re-calibrate their thinking and look at how they were jumping for joy and kissing up to Netanyahu. I believe they were acting out of SPITE for Obama.As that scoundrel Hannity said: Bibi speaks for me. Whaaaat! That’s how a majority of these F-ing Republicans feel. Obama is just a minor irritant in the White House for them. The World watches, and scratches its collective heads. This is to embarrassing. Nancy Pelosi CRIED. That SAYS IT ALL.

  17. After his speech, Netanyahu told the Republicans: ” Ok, I did it, I came, I spoke the same shit I do over and over. I got under Obama’s skin. I threw some sand in his gas tank….NOW GIVE ME MY $475 million in additional spending for Israel’s military funding for missile defense”………………………… ——This is an outrage; over $475 million in additional spending for Israel’s military as part of America’s defense budget? After Netanyahu has the temerity to criticize America’s foreign policy and lobby Republicans to thwart diplomatic efforts to protect Israel from an alleged nuclear-armed Iran?—– It is DESPICABLE! And embarrassing. He comes with his hands open, and in the process has the NERVE to disrespect our President. Nah. I hope he loses his position two weeks from now, as Israel votes.

  18. While I do enjoy reading the fine articles of this site, it does upset me when I find misrepresentation writing.

    Politususa:
    “the leader of the free world addressed Congress on Tuesday while the American president is doing everything possible to undermine him. Nobody on the world stage speaks for civilization the way Netanyahu does while Barack Obama babbles about how Christians were such meanies a thousand years ago in the Crusades.”

    National Review:
    “The leader of the free world will be addressing Congress on Tuesday. The American president is doing everything possible to undermine him.”…”While Barack Obama babbles about the supposedly “legitimate grievances” of those who turn to jihad,”…

    it does mention the “mean Christians” later,
    but I can see how easy it is to misquote a written article.

    Writing is a very effective tool, especially against those who fail to follow up on the sources.

  19. “Who in Hades does he think he is kidding? He makes one move, militarily, against Iran and the middle eastern countries will raise up and obliterate him and Israel. It wouldn’t take much and there is a LOT of anger towards Israel.”

    Please see “7 Days War”

  20. I was so disgusted see that BUTCHER in my US of Representatives and all the applause and ovation. Sick, sick, sick. I was so upset about it I called the speakers office because I wanted to rant. Well, his mail box was full! Imagine that. So I sent him a very nasty email telling him exactly how I feel and what I think of him. Because he the SoH, he cant limit emails to his district like so many of them do. I recommend all of us do the same.

  21. More like one more example of how the republicans are outright traitors. I think it’s time they and their war buddy BiBi were introduced to a bag of dicks and some bibs.

  22. It is admittedly an awful thing to say but maybe the Nazis were trying to save their country. Terrorism from within is far worse than terrorism abroad and there is no way we should give Israel any money nor be drawn into a war with Iran Israel is clamoring for through Netanyahu.

  23. Entitlements on display hey as long as this war mongering bully is in charge; cut their aid in total before one penny is cut on the American public ;here’s a great place to start lowering the deficit. This mook along with the insolent republicans just smacked a gift horse in the mouth and had enough chutzpah to ask for billions more as these same idiotic republicans are telling the middle class and poor need to suffer more. Wake up kick the enemy republicans out permanently.

  24. Netanyahu is going to LOSE! A new Prime minister will emerge in two weeks. Bet on that happening. He aligns with Republicans…..Israel know that Republicans are war mongers, with no sense. They are fed up with Hot Heads who JUST keep their country from moving forward. Just like the Republicans here in the United States. The world has to wake up…that WAR and talk of War is NOT the way of the future. BTW, it is my humble opinion that IRAN does not intend to “Wipe Israel off the Map”….that’s just TRASH TALK. And it gets BIBI riled up. Bullies do get riled up when they are taunted. But saner heads DO PREVAIL. Obama, for one is the adult in the House. Netanyahu is the rebellioud Teenager. Yes, he is! AND, AS IN A GOOD SCHOOLYARD FIGHT the wannabe bullies always root for the Loudmouth, who makes them laugh and go: Whoooo! Bibi, is, to me that guy. The Republicans who fawned over him yesterday are just the types who don’t like the popular guy and sides with the BULLY! Hmm…

  25. Nancy Pelosi’s presence (as well as that of Obama, Dingy Harry, and most of the administration is an insult to America’s intelligence. [Snipped] on this page.

    [Note: Behave yourself and don’t insult ours ]

  26. The Tax Payers pay Netanahu $8,000,000.00 a day for his military and he wants more and they don’t even fight ,they make the USA fight their wars

  27. The thing that irked me the most, among the many about BiBi’s calculated political performance in the well of the House of Representatives, was seeing him enter through the same doors as the President, when he’s going to give the State of the Union. He should never have been given that privilege. The notion that after insulting our President, country, doing his best to scuttle the diplomatic efforts under way and causing more divisiveness among Congress this guy has his hand out.
    We need to wake people up to the fact that as it was stated in the post this 475M would have to come “from other programs” and a supplemental budget request. Remember, that Bush did the Iraq war on a “supplemental” in other words the “credit card” leaving behind trillions in debt. Instead of including the war funding as item budget submission. Giving Israel money from funds needed for our domestic programs is unacceptable. Israel can borrow those funds, I’m sure Sheldon Adelson can arrange a bridg…

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