The Case for Members of Congress Skipping the Netanyahu Speech

Later On

Really, what Netanyahu is doing is outrageous, and John Boehner is to be condemned—but John Boehner is well known to be a weak link. James Fallows has an excellent post on the incident:

For the record, and as explained in posts collected here, I am not a fan of:

(a) the idea of a foreign leader being invited to criticize existing U.S. foreign policy before a joint meeting of Congress, something that has never happened before; or

(b) the specific critique Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to advance in this setting, which, based on his statements over the past decade, is likely to involve such impossible conditions and strictures for an “acceptable” deal with Iran as to torpedo the negotiations. Not to mention …

(c) the idea that a military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations merits serious consideration for either the U.S. or Israel.

So, factor…

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