Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Washington

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According to reuters.com, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned speech before congress on Tuesday prompted a sarcastic and predictable rebuttal from Paul Waldman of The Washington Post. Poo-pooing Netanyahu’s claims about Iran being a different head of the same ISIS hydra, Mr. Waldman compared the prime minister’s statement to George Bush claiming Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were working in tandem.

This comparison is a bit of a problem, though, in that Iran has made repeated moves to bring about territorial control of surrounding nations while dragging out discussions with the United States. To date they have made vassals of the Shia portions of Iraq and completely dominated Syria. Through Hesbollah, Tehran rules Lebanon politically, and has established hegemony over western Afghanistan. The U.S. has catered to demands as well, handing out sanctions relief, plenty of time to dominate neighboring territory and almost $12 billion in assets. As of today, Iran has made absolutely no concessions in return.

Yet, Paul Waldman has no reason to suspect the Iranians of ulterior motives, and every reason to suspect Israel’s prime minister. In fact, what really fired Mr. Waldman’s indignation was Mr. Netanyahu’s criticism of the U.S. administration’s negotiation over Iran’s nuclear program, especially when he had the temerity to label it “A bad deal.”
“Where does that leave things?” Questions Mr. Waldman. He states sarcastically, “There’s something weird about arguing that Iran is a nation run by genocidal maniacs who want nuclear weapons so they can annihilate Israel.”
A theater of the absurd!

Admittedly, there is “something weird” about it. In fact, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called over the weekend for the destruction of Israel, stating that the “barbaric” Jewish state has no cure but to be annihilated. Quoted directly, the Ayatollah stated: ” During its 66 years of life so far, the fake Zionist regime has tried to realize its goals by means of infanticide, homicide, violence and iron fist while boasts about it blatantly.”

To get a grip on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns, we need only Google up a map of the world, slide our finger over the Middle East, and point to Israel. In doing so, we can take note of its size, and the hostile factions surrounding it.
Now we need only imagine the Supreme Leader of Iran with nuclear military capability.
Imagine that bad a deal.

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