Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bibi, please go home

Israeli P.M. Bibi Netanyahu before Congress
The media has been working overtime to get Americans to care about the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress.

It's not really working. Americans don't care about Congress, why should we care who speaks in front of it. Most Americans don't even watch when our own president speaks before Congress.

I heard yesterday that the Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu spoke before Congress a couple of years ago. Who knew?

Republicans invited Bibi to speak so they could embarrass President Obama about the six-nation plan to derail Iran's intentions to build a nuclear bomb.

Republicans care less about Israel than they do in undercutting anything Obama is trying to achieve.

Ironically, on a day when Republicans showed they cared more about Israel's security than this country's, Congress finally passed the bill, with most GOPers voting against it, to fund Homeland Security.

Yes, Iran would like to get rid of Israel, but knows it's not likely to ever happen because nuking the Holy Land will kill as many Muslims as Jews. The residual nuclear fallout will kill, or seriously injure, many more across the Middle East.

Only an irrational country like North Korea would consider such an option. Or a terror group like ISIS.

That's the real problem. ISIS has demonstrated that it is a suicidal entity and preventing that group from getting access to any nuclear device should be the unifying focus of all remaining rational people in the Middle East.

Since 1992, Bibi has been warning that Iran is a couple of years away from having a nuclear weapon. It should have one by now, but apparently doesn't.

And, where does the anyone get the moral authority to tell Iran it cannot acquire nuclear weapons to defend itself. The U.S. is the only country to use an atomic bomb while Israel was the first to go nuclear in the Middle East. The genie is out of the bottle.

Bibi is not in favor of a potential anti-nuclear deal with Iran because he opposes any deal with Iran since he defines it as a terrorist country.

Bibi and Republicans have no alternative to the current deal-in-progress with Iran other than having the U.S. bomb and invade Iran like we did Iraq.

Sorry, Bibi, been there, done that. It didn't work out too well. In fact, it made Iran the dominant player in Iraq and ignited the Sunni-Shiite civil war that is engulfing the region. Coincidentally, it is Iran that's assisting Iraq in defeating ISIS, which is funded, at least in part, by Saudi Arabia.

Bibi, if you want to bomb Iran, go ahead. That's your fight, not America's.

Whether there is a deal or no deal with Iran, it won't really matter.

The age-old problems will persist.

The U.S. has two interests in the Middle East: Israel and oil.

Unfortunately, the countries that produce the oil, that we're hopelessly addicted to, want to destroy Israel, the only decent country over there. In other words, we're helping fund the enemies of our only true friend in the region.

To solve this dilemma, the U.S. either has to give up its support for Israel or for the oil-producing Islamic countries, mainly Saudi Arabia.

We aren't likely to do either option. Therefore there is no solution, from the American perspective, to the problems in the Middle East. And, there won't be until we give up oil from that region.

George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, said it best in the 1980s when he told both sides in the Middle East that the world was tired of their problems.

We still are.

Don't let Bibi drag us into another hopeless war in the Middle East.

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