Invitations

I listened to Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech. His message boiled down to:

1 — The relationship is still good
2 — The support for Israel has always been and should remain bipartisan
3 — The Iranian regime is one of horrifically bad actors
4 — The current deal is terrible, and allows Iran to continue bomb and missile development
5 — Congress and the world must insist on a better deal
6 — Israel will go it alone if necessary.

Considering the abysmally stupid current US administration’s approach to Iran, I thought that Prime Minister Netanhayu’s speech was good, appropriate, and unfortunately necessary. But I see an article posted by a leftist US college professor (who asserts that the US should remove itself as a significant country in the world), insisting that allowing a foreign head of state to speak to a joint session of Congress is unconstitutional and that “the founding fathers would be horrified” at the idea, which she describes as “entirely novel.”

Really? Foreign dignitaries and heads of state have been featured at joint sessions of Congress since King Kalakaua of Hawai’i in the 1800s. There have been 27 such invitations, and 26 such speeches, just in the 21st Century. (The difference is due to the fact that a planned speech by Prime Minister John Howard of Australia the day after the September 11 attacks was canceled. He returned and gave the speech a few months later.).

It is not even “entirely novel” for this President’s time in office. Here’s the list just since President Obama was sworn in, most recently less than six months ago:

September 18, 2014 Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 8, 2013 Park Geun Hye, President of  Republic of Korea addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
October 13, 2011 Lee Myung-bak, President of Republic of Korea addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 24, 2011 Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 9, 2011 Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
May 20, 2010 Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. 
November 3, 2009 Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
March 4, 2009 Gordon Brown, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.

And the other common objection — that no one told the White House — is still being repeated despite this having been revealed as yet another White House lie.

Nancy Pelosi showed up, but made a big production of angry faces and unpleasant gestures on-camera for her Leftist friends. Amateurish and undignified. This is the same person who, when President Bush sought to isolate Bashar Assad, jumped in her official aircraft and went over to Syria to sit down to a very visible lunch with him in support. Then lied about it.

Obama had warned Netanyahu: “You better not reveal any details,” and Netanyahu didn’t. As he pointed out, the details of the deal with Iran are accessible via Google. Right after the speech, of course, Obama blasted Netanyahu for not revealing any new details.

Obama, in 2012, during a debate with Romney, rattled through the litany of why Iran must not have a nuclear program. That video is in this article, as is the Obama administration’s snide attacks on Netanyahu and their bragging that they effectively interceded on Iran’s behalf to keep Israel from attacking them while they still could.

==============/ Keith DeHavelle

 

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