Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Bibi speech

The Tuesday speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave before Congress had twitter lighting up like a pinball machine. Many leftists in particular took exception to the fact that Congress would usurp President Obama's executive authority by extending such an invitation to a foreign leader. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that many of these same dissenters expressed little to no outrage over Obama ignoring the separation of powers by legislating from the Oval Office (i.e. "executive amnesty"). Besides, I'm old enough to remember when leftists gave credence to foreign leaders who criticized the foreign policy of a sitting president.

President Obama, who predictably did not attend the speech, chided Netanyahu for not conveying a viable alternative to the United States' current (yet unexplained) negotiation with Iran regarding nukes. So is Obama saying that he may have considered such a suggestion? Yeah, color me skeptical.

Then you had the sitting House Minority Leader say she was "near tears" by her feeling that Netanyahu was insulting the intelligence of the U.S.

Regardless of what the Prime Minister had said, the leftist narrative had pretty much been written.

Here's one egregious example:

Hmmm. Dunno what speech (if any) Mr. Berman partook, but that seems in direct conflict from this excerpt:

NETANYAHU: We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.


Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.

Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.

I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.

In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.

Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists.


In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.

And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.

But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.(APPLAUSE)

I guess the left's (and some libertarians) in-unison freak out would be more amusing to watch if it weren't so rooted in naivete.


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