What are the “conservatives” trying to conserve? The recent love affair with Israel’s Netanyahu only further proves the hypocrisy of the American right wing. The same people now praising Israel’s Netanyahu; a decade ago were saluting the flag, praising George W. Bush, and unquestioningly following him into war. Anyone disagree? Their response was, “If ya don’t like uh’mer’ca, leave da country!” Remember that? Now these same people say, “I wish Netanyahu was our President”. I want to first expose the hypocrisy of the American right (the pseudo-conservatives) and then move on to show that Netanyahu is not showing great leadership in this situation.
Whatever you think of Obama, he is our President (and birthers, just take a hike right now…seriously). If the “conservatives” valued any of the principles they claim, they would not go against our Constitution, undermine our national sovereignty, and bring a foreign Head of Government into the middle of our internal political disputes. According to Article II, “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…” The final decision is to be made jointly between the President and the Senate, but the President is to be our chief negotiator in foreign affairs. Furthermore, there is a long tradition of Congress putting aside partisanship in foreign affairs for the sake of keeping a united front when facing the rest of the world. If we are to be strong internationally, we can’t air our dirty laundry to the rest of the world. But since when do these so-called “conservatives” let that pesky constitution get in the way of partisanship? The right wing isn’t interested in conserving our Constitution, the separation of powers, or America’s sovereignty. They at least defended our sovereignty when Bush was in the White House, but even that no longer matters. Russell Kirk, a true conservative, once said that “some eminent Neoconservatives mistook Tel Aviv for the capital of the United States”. Lindsey Graham is clearly one of those neoconservatives, as he has said to Netanyahu “We will follow your lead”.
So what ARE these so called “conservatives” trying to conserve? Israel? Well, the next time one of the neoconned* starts with all their praising of Netanyahu and how they wish he were OUR President, I’m going to respond, “If ya don’t like uh’mer’ca, leave da country!”
As for Netanyahu, is he really such a great leader right now? I do want to make it clear that I support our alliance with Israel. But does Netanyahu really feel the same way? I wouldn’t think of intervening in Israel’s internal political disputes. I don’t blame Netanyahu for initially accepting the invitation from Congress. However, when he saw how much internal controversy it was causing in the US, and how controversial it was with the American people**; he should have politely declined. If I were him, I would have sent a very polite letter to Congress, something like…
“I continue to value Israel’s friendship with the United States of America, and in the interest of that friendship, I will not, as Prime Minister of Israel, interfere in America’s internal political disputes. Therefore, out of respect for America’s sovereignty and our continued friendship, I must politely decline your offer to meet with Congress without also having the approval of your President.”
That is what a good leader and good ally would do. But Netanyahu has decided that short term political gain, and supporting the neocon agenda, is far more important than America’s sovereignty and even Israel’s long term best interest. Israel desperately needs the US, and this will not be remembered fondly by Americans (neocons perhaps, but they are globalists first and Americans second). I think Netanyahu now should issue either an apology, or at least some kind of clarification that he hopes that he did not get involved in America’s internal disputes nor did he intend to disrespect the Office of the President of the United States.
*I call them “neoconned” because I speak of your average, grassroots Republicans. They have been manipulated by the neocons, such as Bill Kristol, Sean Hannity, etc. but they themselves think they are “conservatives” and many have never even heard the term “neocon”. They have been neoconned.
**I have seen several polls with varying conclusions on this, so in the interest of fairness, I will show you several.
This one shows that a majority of those who answered considered the speech inappropriate without Presidential approval.
This one shows pretty much the opposite of the above