One of my favorite songs by The Who (if you’re asking who? That’s Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and John Entwhistle) is “Eminence Front.” I love the lyrics from the chorus — “It’s an eminence front, an eminence front, it’s a put on.” Plus the beat and rhythm line is just awesome and Entwhistle bangs it out on the bass. But I digress.
The correlation between this song and current events is the front being put up by the Obama administration regarding the invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March. The pouting from the Obama administration is petulant and unbecoming.
As reported by the New York Post, “Thou shall not cross Dear Leader. With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
“It’s pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain said about trying to teach a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
And remember this is the same White House where someone referred to Netanyahu — a former IDF Airborne Commando — as a “[email protected]” That’s professionalism, right?
I also find this empty argument about “protocol” interesting. Just a couple of weeks ago, President Obama stood on stage with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron who admitted calling our U.S. Senators and lobbying them not to support sanctions against Iran. Now, lets talk about a breach of protocol — why is the leader of a foreign country weighing in on our foreign relations and policies?
You see, this is the reason why Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is needed to address the American people, because the truth about Iran and the Middle East has to be articulated. We cannot expect our own president or his handpicked accomplice, Mr. Cameron, to protect us from the enemy. Not even 48 hours after Obama’s SOTU address, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels had overtaken the American-backed government in Yemen — and as we reported last week, while Obama was touting “the shadow of crisis has passed” — there were three U.S. Naval warships standing by to evacuate our U.S. embassy. However, it was Israeli intelligence who informed us and the world, that Iran has developed a new ICBM system.
That’s why Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address the American people. We need a courageous leader, not someone interested only in campaign promises and political gimmickry.
And to those of you who angrily saying Boehner doesn’t have the right to act unilaterally, are you also angered when Obama unilaterally uses executive orders and presidential memoranda excessively to take actions unconstitutionally?
Are you also angered when Obama releases unlawful enemy combatants back onto the battlefield to once again take up arms against our men and women in uniform — and don’t give me the lame excuse of Bush did it too, it ain’t right. The progressive socialist left’s insidious argument of GITMO being a recruiting tool for the enemy should anger every American.
How is it that Army 1LT Clint Lorance is locked up in prison while Islamic jihadists are set free? And are any of you angry that there’s a “breach of protocol” from the Obama administration preventing the release of the report on the Bowe Bergdahl investigation?
So what is this whole kerfuffle really about? How dare Israel be more concerned with the existential threat of Iranian nukes than with Obama’s feelings? And what do members of Congress think they are, a separate branch of government or something? You know, how dare the legislative branch not acquiesce to the executive branch.
Yes, the office of the president deserves respect — but respect flows both ways — and to this point it has not, and the abject disdain from this administration when it doesn’t get its way is incomprehensible.
We can ill afford to place Obama’s pride and some inane sense of protocol above, as the New York Post puts it, “Iran’s march to nuclear weapons, and Obama’s foolish complicity. His claim at the State of the Union that “we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material” would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous. The claim earned him three Pinocchios, with four being an outright whopper, by The Washington Post.”
We need Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak the truth rather than the empty rhetoric we usually get from the White House. And why does the Obama administration want to promulgate this lie, this false narrative — just as it did after the Islamic attack in Benghazi? This time it’s all about trying to have a foreign policy legacy — especially since the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq turned out so brilliantly.
“Even Democrat Senator Robert Menendez, ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said, “Obama was repeating talking points that “come straight out of Tehran.” Needless to say, “Outside the president’s yes-men circle, nobody believes the mad mullahs will voluntarily give up their quest for the bomb. International sanctions made life difficult for the regime, especially with oil prices cratering, but Obama relaxed restrictions with nothing to show for it except negotiations where he keeps bidding against himself. He is desperate for a deal, and the Iranians know it, so they want to keep talking. They are gaining concessions and buying time, which means a reversal of their weapons program becomes much harder to achieve.”
Right now we shouldn’t care about protocol or hurt feelings. We need a former airborne commando who lives in a country surrounded by enemies wishing for its destruction to address us — instead of a community organizer who places his personal sentiments over that of a nation — hardly the leadership value of “selfless service.”
So I hope I’ve made it clear why America, and indeed the world, needs Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to speak to the American people from the People’s House in March. And for anyone who refuses to get it, you’re cheering for a person, not your own country. There’s a big difference.