Appearing with Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on 60 Minutes on Sunday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) smugly defended his interference in foreign policy with his invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress. He claimed that it was necessary because when it comes to terrorism, the president “is trying to act like it’s not there.”
Boehner said that there is no one better qualified to speak on the subject than the Prime Minister of Israel, which he said is “our longest ally” in the world, completely ignoring the fact that France has been our ally since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
It is no secret that relations between Netanyahu and the president have long been strained. Netanyahu seems determined to sabotage any negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, making it difficult for the U.S. to resolve the problem of Iran’s alleged plans to build a nuclear weapon.
Forbes writer Rick Ungar took Boehner to task for his interference in an article posted on the same day Boehner made his comments on 60 Minutes, noting that “at least the American President had the good sense not to further endanger his relationship with Netanyahu and the Israeli people.”
Ungar pointed out that the ploy was a cynical political move on the part of Netanyahu who is facing an election in March with his re-election far from certain. He also notes that this move, engineered in violation of Israeli law, by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer may have done more harm than good.
“Israeli voters know these details and, by many accounts, are not all that happy with the way Netanyahu is inserting himself into the politics of the United States. What’s more, Israelis understand that, should Netanyahu win re-election, they are now looking at two years—if not more should a Democrat take the White House in 2016—of a very cold relationship with the White House at a time when this is likely not in the best interest of Israel.”
Speaking of Boehner’s latest attempt to embarrass the president Ungar said:
“I get that the Speaker doesn’t like the President or his policies. I get that many readers of this piece will have snarky responses about how this President already embarrasses himself and our nation, etc., etc., etc.
But what neither the Speaker, nor those who cannot manage to think beyond their distaste for this president, understand is the truly unprecedented step Boehner has taken by joining with the leader of a foreign nation against his own president.
Presidents come and go. However, respect for the office of the presidency, particularly on the part of the man who is second in the line of succession to the presidency, should not…
While I have often disagreed with Speaker Boehner, I have always kind of liked him in the belief that, while our solutions might be at odds, he wanted to do what he believes is best for America.”
He concluded by saying that any attempt to embarrass the President, no matter who he may be or how one feels about him, can never be considered good for the nation.
h/t: Liberals Unite