Boehner, Netanyahu conspire to push war on Iran

boehner_netanyahu_ap_660House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month about negotiations with Iran, a visit that would come right at the time that Congress is debating controversial bills that would tighten Iranian sanctions. The Obama administration strongly opposes that legislation, warning that its passage would destroy any chance of a negotiated settlement with Iran over its nuclear program.

In a breach of protocol, the invitation to Netanyahu was extended and accepted without the involvement or even knowledge of the White House.  And while it serves as a politically useful gesture of defiance by both Netanyahu and Boehner, it is also a really dumb idea.

On Boehner’s part, the invitation represents a rare if not unprecedented direct intervention into foreign policy by the legislative branch, potentially undermining very serious negotiations that continue in Geneva. In Netanyahu’s case, it represents a degree of meddling into American partisan politics that could have serious implications for his country. Israel cannot win that kind of game, not in the long term.

And that’s before we even get into the question of how best to address Iran and its nuclear ambitions.

Again, we face three options:

1.) We can reach a settlement of the sort that the United States and its allies are now attempting to negotiate in which Iran gives up its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy and left it isolated. We don’t know if that approach would work, but surely it’s worth an honest try.

2.) We can accept the inevitability of an Iranian nuclear capability, including the risk it imposes on Israel and the impetus it would give to Iran’s Sunni enemies in the Persian Gulf to pursue a nuclear weapon to counter Iran.

3.) We can go to war.

That’s it: Those are our choices. And in considering them, it’s important to understand the limitations and implications of Option Three, which seems to be the only approach that Netanyahu finds acceptable.

By all accounts, the military campaign needed to take out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would have to be intense and sustained, meaning it is guaranteed to inflame Iranian public opinion and make Iranian counter-attacks inevitable. Short of putting American boots on the ground, it’s also unlikely that such attacks would succeed in destroying all of Iran’s program, given the time they’ve had to hide facilities and harden targets against air assault.

Just as important, such a step would strengthen the radicals in Iran, cementing their long-term commitment to acquire a nuclear weapon. They would argue — correctly — that only when Iran becomes a nuclear power would they become invulnerable to such humiliating attacks in the future.

It’s also important to note that Mossad, Israel’s highly touted intelligence service, has warned both Washington and Israel that if Congress does pass another round of anti-Iranian sanctions while negotiations are underway, it would sabotage those negotiations and eliminate Option One.

As the Jerusalem Post reports:

“Israeli intelligence officials have apparently come around to the same view shared by both the Obama administration as well as American spy agencies who say that any attempts by lawmakers to pass tougher anti-Iran legislation could chase Tehran from the negotiating table.

Netanyahu has gone on record as enthusiastically supporting sanctions while placing little faith that talks with the Islamic Republic would yield an agreement that would meet Israel’s security needs.”

In the past, Mossad has also argued strenuously against the military option, to the point that a highly respected former Mossad chief publicly condemned it as “the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.”

Yet in Israel and in Washington, powerful people are trying to ensure that it’s the only option we have left. They don’t dare argue directly for war, but they are trying to arrange things so it comes to seem inevitable.

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Avram Cohen
Avram Cohen

Netanyahu has been ranting for over 30 years Iran is two months away from developing a nuke, three decades of this BS propaganda! Iran hasn't started a war in over 200+ years!  No more American lives lost for Israel!

Foundstar
Foundstar

I can tell by the comments that the repugnants want another war and will do anything to have one..or two..or three. OK.. Then u guys enlist and go fight it...Yeah..thought so...

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Best to go ahead and let the Iranians build their bomb or bombs and give one to the terrorists who will try to use it on Israel who because they have great intel will know about it in advance and drop one of their own on the Iranians and the terrorists which will start a Middle East War which the Israelis will win because unlike the US, they fight to win. Hopefully this will happen in early 2017 when the Great Coward is out of office and someone with balls occupies the White House and will provide air cover for the Israelis. Simple Plan    

Enoch19
Enoch19

Obama hates Bibi as he hates everyone who tells the truth.  Obama's speech this week might have been a good speech in some other universe with a different reality  It seems this man believes that the world will be different if he wishes it so.  Barack Obama is delusional.


DekalbComments
DekalbComments

@Enoch19


Enoch19 is delusional! We are the closest we have ever been to getting an agreement with the Iranians. No one knows how sincere they are about an agreement but we know their economy is in turmoil. There is a strong public sentiment for something different and more of an opening to the west. We know the recent drop in oil prices is having a profound effect on the Iranian economy. We need to give this process a chance.


If it fails the U.S. needs to then assess its options. I for one do not believe that military intervention is an option. We could engage in a limited strike against sites suspected of nuclear testing but that only ratchets up the resolve on both sides.  


Those who chime "Bomb them" are likely chickenhawks who have never served in the military or got deferments (Romney, GWB, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, etc.).  We need to defer to the U.S. military on the likely success of any military engagement. I believe they will tell you we should NOT start another war in the Middle East. I suspect the military industrial complex mourns the loss of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They need a new war to reap more profits on the backs of U.S. military personnel and U.S. taxpayers. 

GMFA
GMFA

@Enoch19 No, you are delusional!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And not too bright.

lvg
lvg

Israel killed an Iranian General and officers Sunday while they were traveling in Syria. No particular justification was given other than they were approaching the border and were travelling with Hezbollah soldiers. It is clear Bibi wants to drag US into a war with Iran. Iran is providing ground troops in Iraq and has lost over 500 to ISIL. Repubs  , Israel and Gulf states  would love to get US ground troops involved and kick Iran out of Iraq. Maybe  they could get Israel to go nuclear after Iranian long range missles , Hezbollah missles and Hamas missles land in Israel. 

Why Black Muslim from Kenya does not want that is hard for Boehner and the cons  to fathom.

LeninTime
LeninTime

Uh, Jay Bookman, really not a huge deal in the big scheme of things I guess, but when you have a chance maybe you could have your webmasters change the settings so that posts that fall afoul of your filters don't simply go poof?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

Aw, the WH and State Department won't meet with Bibi when he comes to visit the Speaker. Guess Bibi won't get that photo-op right before the election. Perhaps Putin will be available.



OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@DownInAlbany @consumedconsumer 

According to cnn.news, Obama has invoked a state policy not to meet with foreign leaders close to the time they have elections.  Seems very sensible to me.

JamVet
JamVet

Joni could always wear a sign around her (not a big red A, LOL!) that reads: "My family and I are welfare accepting hypocrites."

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JamVet Your "facts" got shot down so you resort to personal attack.

You are predictable, if nothing else!

JamVet
JamVet

@DownInAlbany @JamVet 

Shot down?

By YOU?!!!

Now thass funny, Mr. My Uncle is Not a Family Member!

Even when you lose, you declare yourself the winner.

Gawd, you are a hoot.

And a holler...

JamVet
JamVet

Hey what happend to the Crucifix Guy?

The confab about James Earl Carter's foreign policy successes sent him fleeing back to wherever it is he hides...

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JamVet What happened to the conversation about mooching farmers?  I thought you guys wanted to discuss how Ernst's family got rich off of $38,000 in farm subsidies (in 19 years)?

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@DownInAlbany @JamVet So we all may have paid the equivalent of her cell phone bill per month. Is that ok with you? Think about it - to many conservatives an Obama phone is an outrage.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@JamVet @DownInAlbany Well, quite frankly, I have an uncle that I don't speak to, so, yes, there is family and then there is FAMILY.

I'm not defending anyone.  Just attempting to get the truth (that you are soooo opposed to) out there.

JamVet
JamVet

@DownInAlbany @JamVet 

So her uncle is not her family.

Got it.

You will write any lie to defend Republican mooches...

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@DownInAlbany @JamVet FAMILY is FAMILY ain't it? And her family's construction company got government contracts whose bidding what someone out of sync with county regs. And perhaps your website doesn't tell the full story. 


and ain't you heard, a moocher is a moocher is a moocher . . . it's been the GOP mantra for like 3 - 6 election cycles. 

gotalife
gotalife

The new gop congress.


Working together to create problems not solve them just like the old gop congress.


Traitors, pure and simple.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@gotalife And their numbers are increasing.We are going to need a really big firing squad!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

So, this general topic at hand. Bear with  me, I've a few legitimate questions.

Formost, a weaponized-nuclear Iran is that much more dangerous to Israel than an already-nuclear-weaponized Pakistan, why, again? Other than the usual anti-Semitic blather from some of their past Presidents, what kind of actual territorial designs on Israel has Iran advocated? Am I to imagine they're going to nuke Israel, and then march through Iraq and grab that good stuff for themselves? That'd make sense, why?

And spare me the obvious stuff. I get why Israel, in general would rather (and, sure, why the US would rather) not have yet another nation in the region with such capacity. 

I also get that Iran has been working on civilian nuclear energy since the Shah's time--yes, they recognize that they can't rely solely on fossil fuels forever for energy, and need alternative resources.

Mostly I wonder how much of this is just posturing and looking tough on Israel's part, and how much is legitimate concern.

Jack_®
Jack_®

The leaders in Iran are laughing at us and our president:: They want to destroy us and we're helping them.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Jack_Republican 

"The leaders in Iran are laughing at us and our president"

Who told you that?  Did you make it up?

JamVet
JamVet

@Jack_Republican 

Hey you and they have that laughing something in common!

In many torturous (LOL!) ways, you're not much different from them, so it is little surprise.

They want to destroy us from the outside.

And you want to destroy is from within...