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Netanyahu assails Iran nuclear talks in speech to Congress; Obama disagrees

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Bibi was spot on, and both Nancy Pelosis theatrics and Obamas arrogant comments were an embarrassment. But it does not matter. The Obama admin is determined to smooth the way for a nuclear armed Iran, and so it will happen. Which of course inevitably means that the Sunni Wahabi kingdoms in the region also will try to go nuclear. And so, misguided politics create the biggest tinderbox ever.

Well, as Albert Einstein said: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

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A war criminal such as Netanyahu is one of the last people whose opinion has any standing.

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Obama saw it differently, and said so from the White House. He said that the Israeli leader offered no “viable alternatives” to the nuclear negotiations with Iran and that the prospect of an agreement had already resulted in a freeze and rolling back of Iran’s program.

WilliB -- nonsense. Netanyahu, as Obama said, is way off target. He has no strategy, other than to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, and then rely on the U.S. to have his back. Well, guess what, last time I checked, Obama is Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. military, and he should be the one deciding if we are going to get dragged into another conflict in the Middle East, especially since there is an alternative. Do you think for one second that Obama is not smart enough to expect that Iran may want to cheat? Wasn't it Reagan who famously said "Trust but verify"? Going forward with the treaty in all likelihood puts Iran's nuclear ambitions back by at least ten years, as opposed to within one year now. And it does not take a military strike off the table if Iran breaks the treaty anyway.

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It appears that Obama doesn't give a darn about Israel, just his political standing in history. Making a mistake on 'trusting' the Iranians to uphold their end of the bargain could be a fatal one for many in the mid-east. Obama's intentions may be good but based on his attitude toward Bibi and how he has mishandled such situations as Benghazi, I don't have any confidence in his judgment. I hope I'm wrong.

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I don't know all the specifics of the proposed deal but I have to side with Netanyahu on . Iran has not renounced their stated aim of destroying the Jewish state. I don't think they can be trusted. We shall see.

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There is a power vacuum in the middle east, and this has largely occurred since 2008, when the "Arab Spring" began. This vacuum has been caused by America withdrawing much of their forces from the region, and more or less putting their tail between their legs after the Iraq war. The collapse of the Egyption and Libyan regimes should have been eploited, or used to help create more tolerant regimes. Unfortunately, Obama ignored the troubles in the regions, and the vacuum is now being filled by extremists and fundamentalists. What could have been done earlier with diplomacy and little force may now have to be dealt with a great deal of force and bloodshed in the future.

I disagreed with America invading Iraq in Bush's time, but after the war, America was greatly responsible for the safety and stability of Iraq. Obama, "Incompetent-in-chief" shirked that responsibility. He now makes the occasional speech when a western journalist is beheaded by ISIS, but doesn't let the deaths of countless Iraqi soldiers and civilians take him away from the gold course.

His entire approach to the middle east is "hands off", and Netanyanu is not the only one who is disapponted (or outraged), by Obama's big words and absent actions. But Obama will be out of the white house in less than two years, which is an event more and more people are looking forward.

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Mr. Netanyahu has failed so far to solve his political issues using military means and Hamas in Gaza is an example of his failure, so let us give negotiations a chance. Mr. Netanyahu saying "Iran can't be trusted" is foolish, there is no trust in politics. USA with al its power do not trust any nation.

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"That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb." - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, transcript

Like some crazy guy at the deli, 'the soup is poison!', Netanyahu misses no cliché! Bravo Mr. Netanyahu!

Speaker John Boehner's dog and pony show! Who's the dog, who's the pony?

Mr. Netanyahu picks ups his Three Billion.

Speaker Boehner shutters DHS. Those GOP-Tea's! So full of fun and great new ideas!

'How 'bout an Iran War?' Shur nuff! That GOP-Tea, wacky and funds loving! War is the Answer! GOP-Tea!

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It appears that Obama doesn't give a darn about Israel

He's president of the United States, not president of Israel. His job is to look out for America and American interests.

Let Israel worry about Israel.

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What is not being reported is that when Obama and the Dems accuse Bibi of using the US Senate to help his campaign back in Israel, they don't mention that a group of Dem operatives are there to help the opposition against him in the upcoming election. The team is made up of five Democratic consultants and headed up by strategist Jeremy Bird flew to Israel right after the White House publicly objected to Mr. Netanyahu’s plan to speak to Congress. Mr. Bird was the field director for Mr. Obama’s 2008 Democratic primary in South Carolina, when he bested Hillary Clinton.

So it's fine for Obama to send others who are not even citizens of a nation to help get someone out of office, but it is seem as bad form when they push back and come to the US to speak in front of Congress.

@ kcjapan: You really need to get an understanding between Boehner and the Tea Party in general. They are really not on the best terms, and you really don't understand what the Tea Party wants.

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"you really don't understand what the Tea Party wants." - comments

That makes it unanimous.

No one knows what the GOP-Tea wants.

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No one knows what the GOP-Tea wants.

Even they don't know what they want.

We want more services

= We'll need to raise taxes

No raising taxes!

= Then we can't provide more services

We want more services!

They are like a party of illogical children.

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Most of those who have posted comments against the prime ministers speech to congress have failed to acknowledge one very important and simple fact. Iran has repeatedly "LIED" about their aspirations for a nuclear Iran. They have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. As the leader of a country under constant threat and constant terrorist attacks from terrorists and major sponsors of terrorism, how would you deal with Iran? Why nott allow the prime minister to make his case after all he grew up and was educated her in the USA.

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Bibi was spot on, and both Nancy Pelosis theatrics and Obamas arrogant comments were an embarrassment. But it does not matter. The Obama admin is determined to smooth the way for a nuclear armed Iran, and so it will happen. Which of course inevitably means that the Sunni Wahabi kingdoms in the region also will try to go nuclear. And so, misguided politics create the biggest tinderbox ever.

Absolutely! BB stood and spoke like a true leader something that Obama could learn from. BB called it like it is, No wavering, No waffling, just the facts. This deal is bad all around and IF this deal goes through, who said that Iran has to abide by any rules or sanctions, especially after the 10 year window has been closed and BB and the state of Israel should believe Iran. Excuse me, but since 1979 Iran hasn't exactly been the model of a peaceful nation wanting to live peacefully with its Sunni and Jewish neighbors.

He's president of the United States, not president of Israel. His job is to look out for America and American interests. Let Israel worry about Israel.

I remember 70 years ago, many Americans said the same thing about getting involved in WWII and look what happened. So we should make that same mistake again? Never again.

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So if Iran can't be trusted with any kind of agreement, does that effectively take dialogue off the table? What does that leave us with?

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Iran is the big, bad boogie man of the Middle East?? Hahaha! Netanyahu shows his audacity, kind of like the pot calling the kettle BLACK?? How many countries has Iran invaded?? NONE!! How many times has Israel invaded, attacked, and killed innocent men, women and CHILDREN??? Guess why the Arab Muslims are pissed off at Israel?? But anyway, AMERICA and AMERICANS need to let ISRAEL know who the leader of the FREE WORLD really is, and it 'T Israel, it is the US of A!! Netanyahu can keep on barking, yapping like a little Chihuahua dog, but at the end of the day, Mr.Obama may look quiet, but WHO CAPTURED AND KILLED OFF OSAMA BIN LADIN and had has scummy terrorist corpse thrown into the sea?? It was thanks to our US President, Mr. Barack Obama!! So, we can say Israel is a poor little, victim in the Middle Ea, st but the Jews wanted their own country, right there in the Middle East, so go figure. Iran knows better than to test the USA, nobody wants to see an Iran with nukes. IMHO

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bass4funk, As I recall, America came out of WWII more powerful than ever

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Netanyahu has been saying that Iran is close to having the bomb for over 25 years. He was also involved in smuggling nuclear trigger components out of the US so Israel could build its nuclear arsenal.

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SuperLib:

" So if Iran can't be trusted with any kind of agreement, does that effectively take dialogue off the table? What does that leave us with? "

That leaves us with being realistic.... use all means to sabotage the Iranian nuclear problem, from sanctions to countermeasures like the Stuxnet (which was exposed in an sad display of Western irresponsibility).

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The thought of giving Iran nuclear capabilities makes my head spin. In the early 80s the Iraqis were having a nuclear facility built and Israel blow it up.Now with the current situation Netanyahu is chattering his fingernails off awaiting what will come out of the nuclear talks.

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78% of Jewish people voted for Obama in 2008 and 69% of Jewish people voted for him in 2012. What does it say when most Republicans are the the RIGHT of Jewish people within America? This is all a pandering method by Boehner to spite Obama, but Jewish people know manipulation

George HW Bush's Secretary of State, James Baker once said "F*** the Jews, they don't vote for us"

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Netanyahu is becoming too dangerous to be kept in power. He has basically allied the Israeli government with the Republican party in the US, a truly foolish move by someone who holds any political responsibility. As mentioned, he also offers no viable alternative to dialogue, so we can only assume he's a warmonger. Israelis should probably start waking up from their sheep sleep otherwise they will be permanently isolated from the world. Europe has already turned their backs on them..

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For a narcissist Obama, it is simply "his way or highway". It is astonishing for him and his bots believe Iran which has a proven cheating records documented by U.N. A Shiite Terrorist sponsored state, Iran has hands all over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and now Yemen crossing from the Sunni of Saudi Arabia. The Shiite Mullahs have aspiration and goal that will not stop short from dominating Muslim world and beyond. The Dems focus on "the process", thus ignoring "the real Iranian threats". Obama's team push for short term political gain with deceptions at the cost for future stability to the world. Who cares about beheading anyway, I have a golf game and selfie to enjoy! Yeah right, it shows who you really are.

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Hmmmm

Who should we listen to? Nentanyahu, who wants war OR Barack Obama who holds a Nobel Peace Prize?

I think I'll go with the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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ElbudaMexicano:

" Iran is the big, bad boogie man of the Middle East?? Hahaha! "

Actually, yes it is. Ever since the Khomeini takeover. Before, Iran was pro-Western, modern, if authoritarian monarchy.

" Netanyahu shows his audacity, kind of like the pot calling the kettle BLACK?? How many countries has Iran invaded?? NONE!! "

True, but you ignore Iran´s sponsorship of terrorism all around the globe. And you might want to read the Iranian constitution.

" How many times has Israel invaded, attacked, and killed innocent men, women and CHILDREN??? Guess why the Arab Muslims are pissed off at Israel?? "

Try: NONE. Every time Israel has gone to war, it was in response to being attacked. And here is a surprise for you: Iranians are not Arabs. And much as the muslim Arabs hate Israel, they are just as worried about the Iranian nuke program as Israel. And they will INEVITABLY respond with their own nuclear programs, which they not had until now.

But if current president does not understand the situation in the region, I suppose it par for the course that his admirers don´t either.

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Read Netanyahu background wikipedia and he is pretty Republican, maybe not but he is a close friend of Mitt Romney since Unversity days. Perhaps that why he called the deal with Iran that is going on just a 'bad deal'.

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So if Iran can't be trusted with any kind of agreement, does that effectively take dialogue off the table? What does that leave us with?

I'm all for dialogue and I am all for having better relations with the Iranians. The problem has NEVER been with the people of Iran, the problem is with the Ultra-religious Mullahs and their backward medieval belief that Sharia should be the way and that Israel and the US should be nixed. Obama should call Iran on their desire for Nuclear proliferation and to come clean, allow inspectors to go into that country and visit EVERY single site they have and oversee that they don't start enriching plutonium or uranium for alternative purposes, namely threatening Israel and promising to wipe it off the map, they should have random checks and denounce all aggressions towards Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. That should be the first and foremost step before anything else, anything less, Obama should walk out. Personally, I feel sorry for the Iranian people, I grew up with many Iranians in L.A. and when I was a teenager, I heard a lot of horror stories about that crazy religious regime and for once, Obama should think about our allies and put himself in their position instead of worrying about his legacy. But he is more worried about our enemies and that just baffles me as to WHY?

As I recall, America came out of WWII more powerful than ever

Yes, but we could have saved more Jewish people had we jumped in the war earlier. Many Americans felt so ashamed of being ignorant and not heeding the warnings and signs. But it seems like, we still haven't learnt anything from the past.

George HW Bush's Secretary of State, James Baker once said "F*** the Jews, they don't vote for us"

Obama is worse and the Dems did far worse! He turned his back on Netanyahu PUBLICLY on him, chose NOT to listen to his address, all of his cabinet and from the beginning had it in for him. Now if that isn't a big F*** You, then I don't know what is.

Netanyahu is becoming too dangerous to be kept in power.

Why, because he could screw up Obama's dream plans of trying to secure his legacy?

He has basically allied the Israeli government with the Republican party in the US, a truly foolish move by someone who holds any political responsibility.

Why, because the Republicans understand that Israel is an ally and they don't understand how this president can throw our biggest ally in the ME under the bus?!

As mentioned, he also offers no viable alternative to dialogue, so we can only assume he's a warmonger.

You can always walk away, you don't need to start a war. Yeah, I know the libs think that. The only thing they can trump up on the GOP is either they are racist and or want war and that's pretty much it. Obama can keep and impose stronger sanctions and he can also walk out. That's NOT warmongering. That's strong defiant leadership.

Israelis should probably start waking up from their sheep sleep otherwise they will be permanently isolated from the world. Europe has already turned their backs on them..

No, Europe has always had for the most part a very anti-Semitic view when it comes to Jews. Funny, how many are bat *** crazy scared of the Islamists throughout Europe and don't speak out, but they want to blame....the jews...really? If they're not wanted in Europe, they can always come to the States or go back to Israel.

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Funny to see a 6 million country lecturing a superpower power of 300 Million.

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WilliB:

Before, Iran was pro-Western, modern, if authoritarian monarchy.

Thanks to the 1953 CIA/MI6 coup d'état, which deposed Iran's democratically elected government.

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Most of Iran's enrichment facilities are either in deep, fortified bunkers or under mountains. What does that tell you about what's going on? Let's not forget who they share weapons technologies with - Pakistan, NK & Russia. They all have stockpiles of nukes.

Iranian delegates will keep extending the deadline & running with this facade until they're armed & ready. It is then only a matter of time until they look for an excuse to fire a nuke right into Israel.

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Funny to see a 6 million country lecturing a superpower power of 300 Million.

The 300 million didn't suffer historically like the 6 million.

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Netanyahu vs Obama's ego and that's the whole story.

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Obama said the U.S. has a system of government where 'foreign policy runs through the executive branch and the president, not through other channels.'

It's funny how Obama is all concerned about how the US system of government is supposed to work. Consider as well that in the US system of government, laws are made through Congress, not through executive orders.

So if Iran can't be trusted with any kind of agreement, does that effectively take dialogue off the table?

Well answer this, how do you trust a regime that cannot be trusted? Picture John Kerry huddled in a posh hotel in Switzerland negotiating with a regime that has never kept any of these agreements while at that exact moment making a big show of blowing up a mock US ship in the Persian Gulf. Now for Obama, he became all worked up at Congress for wanting to ensure that the Iranians are sanctioned if, and only if, the negotiations fail. Of course all of this is publicized all over the Middle East making a fool of him - and America. The Iranian's are forever chanting "Death to America" and were directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq. What is there to trust?

The Iranian leaders are constantly making speeches about getting their hands on more centrifuges, acquiring nuclear weapons and developing ICBM's. They are telling everyone that wants to listen, in public, that they will not make any real concessions of any kind. What every serious person is most worried about is that Obama is only going to legitimize the Mullah's nuclear program while getting sanctions eased. Hopefully Netanyahu's speech will put the pressure on Obama not to fold. I do not think many people, not even most Democrats, have faith in Obama to resist taking a bad deal.

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The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons,

I dont think anybody will doubt that statement, wherever their loyalties lie. Making peace with Cuba is very much different from doing it with Iran.

He is making the oft repeated short-sighted American decision making. Those who seem useful in the short term will come and bite you later on.

Supporting the Afghan Mujahideen seemed like a good idea in the 1980's but when it led to 9/11 amongst others, it was not such a great choice after all.

Iran may seem like an ally in the fight with ISIS, but what happens when that fight is over?

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Obama is worse and the Dems did far worse! He turned his back on Netanyahu PUBLICLY on him, chose NOT to listen to his address, all of his cabinet and from the beginning had it in for him. Now if that isn't a big F*** You, then I don't know what is.

My understanding is that a US President isn't allowed to meet any Head of State within a certain period of their elections as to not seem as meddling in another country's internal affairs.. Did the Pubs really expect him to break US tradition? Although not surprising at all that they did, their agenda is so shameless..

Netanyahu is becoming too dangerous to be kept in power. Why, because he could screw up Obama's dream plans of trying to secure his legacy?

No, because Netanyahu is gambling his entire country on his own political agenda and career. Israel needs protection more than most countries but snubbing half of his feeding hand is astonishingly stupid and short-sighted. Israelis deserve better than to be permanently associated with the Pubbies and a man who increasingly resembles an emotional wreck.

He has basically allied the Israeli government with the Republican party in the US, a truly foolish move by someone who holds any political responsibility. Why, because the Republicans understand that Israel is an ally and they don't understand how this president can throw our biggest ally in the ME under the bus?!

How exactly is Israel being "thrown under the bus"? Netanyahu thanked Obama during his speech, so either Netanyahu is just a moron, or someone's wasting time again by spinning crap.

As mentioned, he also offers no viable alternative to dialogue, so we can only assume he's a warmonger. You can always walk away, you don't need to start a war. Yeah, I know the libs think that. The only thing they can trump up on the GOP is either they are racist and or want war and that's pretty much it. Obama can keep and impose stronger sanctions and he can also walk out. That's NOT warmongering. That's strong defiant leadership.

I'm not sure how much you actually understand about the situation here, but Israel has stated in the past that Iran is already likely past Israel's definition of their nuclear breakout threshold, to which they said the only option would be to bomb these facilities. It's not possible that Repubes wouldn't know this besides gross incompetence, so it's baffling as to why Repubes would support such a path of action, which would also lead the US down a path they have no exit from.

Israelis should probably start waking up from their sheep sleep otherwise they will be permanently isolated from the world. Europe has already turned their backs on them.. No, Europe has always had for the most part a very anti-Semitic view when it comes to Jews. Funny, how many are bat *** crazy scared of the Islamists throughout Europe and don't speak out, but they want to blame....the jews...really? If they're not wanted in Europe, they can always come to the States or go back to Israel.

True, but more and more European governments are expressing impatience, etc. over Israel's various stances in their region. Seeing as Europe is a critical ally for Israel, it would be suicidal to ignore their concerns.

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78% of Jewish people voted for Obama in 2008 and 69% of Jewish people voted for him in 2012.

Like Boehner or not, he did a job on causing a rift in the Dem party. Since the reaction of Bibi speaking, and some Dems like the Congressional Black Caucus and other groups of Dems not showing up, guess who will not be getting the campaign donations for the next elections. There is a difference between the Jews in America and the Jews in Israel. The "Woody Allen" Hollywood types may be Jewish in name, but have no love for Israel.

As for trying to compare US Republicans to Bibi and his party in Israel is ridiculus. To say that a party is conservative in their own country has nothing to do with conservatives in another. One thing that Bibi told the AIPAC yesterday was that "America is concerned with her security, Israel is concerned with her survivability." When you have a nation like Iran saying that they will wipe Israel off the face of the earth with a nuke, then why wouldn't want to stop them from getting one.

Take a look at NK, they are believed to have a nuclear capability, and every so often they make the rhetoric to invade the south and destroy it as well as pose a threat to Japan. The difference between NK and Iran is that Iran has had actual combat experience (remember the Iran/Iraq war that lasted for most of the 80's), where we had embargos on weapons to Iran back then, but they will still capable to holding their own against Iraq for a long time. As others have pointed out, Iranians are Persians and not Arabs, and the Arabs don't want a nuclear Iran either but know that a nuclear Israel will not attack them, but do you think Kuwait or Jordan will be happy with a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia? I doubt it.

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Well the only good thing is that this political stunt is now over. Netanyahu got his free publicity and the GOP created another self-inflicted wound.

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The thought of giving Iran nuclear capabilities makes my head spin. In the early 80s the Iraqis were having a nuclear facility built and Israel blow it up.

This is an interesting parallel.

That attack on Iraq did Israel far more harm than good. The reactor was under international inspection and was a research reactor, described by international scientists as incapable of manufacturing a bomb. Israel's international reputation took a huge hit as a result of this action.

Very interesting parallel.

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I for one think the Republican's inviting a foreign leader to Congress to dictate American foreign policy is a wonderful step. Certainly, Netanyahu uttered realities that would never have occurred to American leadership, such as that Iran is after its own self-interest and that treaties tend to involve compromise. Most importantly, when Netanyahu in effect stated that only a deal involving total regime change in Tehran would be acceptable, he as such boldly directed Congress to subsume the Pentagon in the battle for his version of the Israeli state; such brave volunteering of American blood and treasure by a foreign leader is most generous.

Boehner and what else stands as Republican "leadership" should be proud of themselves for such an outstanding job of outsourcing American foreign policy.

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My understanding is that a US President isn't allowed to meet any Head of State within a certain period of their elections as to not seem as meddling in another country's internal affairs.. Did the Pubs really expect him to break US tradition? Although not surprising at all that they did, their agenda is so shameless..

Actually, NO one expects anything from Obama, it's like..."oh, yeah..whatever..."

No, because Netanyahu is gambling his entire country on his own political agenda and career.

That's why he's a brave man, unlike Obama, BB loves his country and would do virtually anything to keep it safe. Obama seemed pissed, but why? He said, he wasn't going to watch (we all know that was one big lie) I think he could learn a thing or two or pretty much everything from Netanyahu.

Israel needs protection more than most countries but snubbing half of his feeding hand is astonishingly stupid and short-sighted. Israelis deserve better than to be permanently associated with the Pubbies and a man who increasingly resembles an emotional wreck.

He doesn't have to worry about Obama, Israel will get through 2 more years of Obama and then we ALL can breathe a sigh of relief.

How exactly is Israel being "thrown under the bus"? Netanyahu thanked Obama during his speech, so either Netanyahu is just a moron, or someone's wasting time again by spinning crap.

I really don't want to repeat myself, scroll up and you can read what I wrote. But yeah, he's throwing BB under the bus.

I'm not sure how much you actually understand about the situation here,

A lot more than you think, a lot more.

but Israel has stated in the past that Iran is already likely past Israel's definition of their nuclear breakout threshold, to which they said the only option would be to bomb these facilities. It's not possible that Repubes wouldn't know this besides gross incompetence, so it's baffling as to why Repubes would support such a path of action, which would also lead the US down a path they have no exit from.

Why would this idiot president work with a country that in fact, yesterday blew up a mock aircraft carrier, on that alone, talks should have ceased immediately! There is NO with this sunset deal that Iran will at the end of the 10 year window frame will comply with anything, but then again, I don't expect much sense from a community organizer. It's just so embarrassing this guy in the oval office.

True, but more and more European governments are expressing impatience, etc. over Israel's various stances in their region. Seeing as Europe is a critical ally for Israel, it would be suicidal to ignore their concerns.

If it weren't for the US, Israel would be out in the cold as if they can rely on the Europeans, give me a break. At the end of the day and the thing that stands between Israel and the complete destruction of the Jewish nation is the US, NOT Europe, what are they going to do to support it besides humanitarian aid?

Well the only good thing is that this political stunt is now over. Netanyahu got his free publicity and the GOP created another self-inflicted wound.

Ahh, self-inflicted? That's why this morning Obama looked pissed and nervous. For a moment I thought the man was going to have an epileptic seizure!

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@ Laguna..I hope people see what you mean!

But what do we owe Bibi...or Bobo or whatever his nickname is? Nothing. What do we owe Israel as a country? Nothing. Will American blood be shed if they are attacked? Of course. Will they do the same and send a few token boys if we were in a bind....yeah right. GTFO Booboo!

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unlike Obama, BB loves his country

Stupidest comment of the week. Anyone who thinks Obama doesn't love his country is someone who doesn't love his country.

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“This is a prime minister who has never seen a war that he did not want our country to fight,” said Representative Jared Huffman, Democrat of California.

Could not have said it better.

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This is one fight where there are not going to be any winners.

Appeasing Iran just for the sake of a few brownie points is not acceptable. There is already one islamic country, Pakistan, which is barely managing to keep itself together. US does not want another black hole to our its money into and hoping that its enough for the corrupt leaders to keep the masses in control.

Although there is a best scenario. Iran and Pakistan bombing each other into extinction.

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JWithers

Hmmmm Who should we listen to? Nentanyahu, who wants war OR Barack Obama who holds a Nobel Peace Prize? I think I'll go with the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Obama and his undeserved Nobel Peace Prize. Don't make me laugh. You haven't heard that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee recently demoted (in effect fired) the Committee Chairman who was responsible for awarding Obama the prize? Not surprised since the MSM seem to be glossing over this piece of inconvenient news...

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The Israeli leader’s appeal also came two weeks before tight elections in which he is seeking a new term...

And that's all you need to know.

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Stupidest comment of the week. Anyone who thinks Obama doesn't love his country is someone who doesn't love his country.

No! Given his track record of going all out to appease his enemies, doesn't care about his allies, afraid to be a man and speak up on radical terrorism and tries at every turn to diminish the geopolitical problems as if it's no big deal shows just how so much out of touch this guy is. Based on that, the man sees America as the problem and has been on day one apologizing for everything and how is the world and our enemies treating us? How is Obama's......foreign policy working out, in a nutshell, it's NOT. One must conclude that Obama doesn't see anything good about his country, so he probably doesn't like it, but it seem he sees it as a problem. Once again, we can get over the next -687 more days to go!!!!

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What's missing in all this is a viable alternative. Even among American Jews, it's half-half that support Netanyahu and not. Do ya know where the support push is actually coming from? The Evangelicals. So it's not the American Jews pushing this.

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Obama got shellacked by Netanyahu today. Obama once again looks small, weak, petulant and foolish compared to the Prime Minister of Israel.

There is a word that describes an appeaser who dislikes people who are not appeasers: leftist

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Obama got shellacked by Netanyahu today. Obama once again looks small, weak, petulant and foolish compared to the Prime Minister of Israel.

There is a word that describes an appeaser who dislikes people who are not appeasers: leftist

100% agreed! It's just sad that we have a leader that has NO backbone and just doesn't care....except to further his leftist progressive agenda at ANY cost and to ensure his legacy. Those are the MOST important things to Obama and his admin.

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Obama got shellacked by Netanyahu today.

I see. Please let the adults in the room know what single, concrete, actable suggestion he offered other than his implied takeover of the Pentagon.

Obama once again looks small, weak, petulant and foolish compared to the Prime Minister of Israel.

Netanyahu may well be the former Prime Minister of Israel within two weeks. Jawboning supplies no solutions, as adults know. Funny how the House had to rely on the Democratic Party to fund the DHS as they were too childish to do it themselves - and they did it in the shadow of this speech for maximum concealment. Again, please call me when the adults are in the room.

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A truly fabulous speech. The entire congress (both sides) was standing, applauding and chanting his name.

Obama constantly says he wants to see the Congress come to agreement. Well, the Congress came to agreement today in saluting a truly great leader.

Too bad America doesn't have one. All we have is another Neville Chamberlain.

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So what are we going to do about Iran? Bomb them?

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The entire congress (both sides) was standing, applauding and chanting his name.

This is not a basketball game, and no, it was not well received by those who will have to make the tough decisions.

Pelosi got it right when she called the speech "an insult to the intelligence of the United States."

Texas, can you encapsulate some sort of plan Bibi put forth rather than complete Iranian capitulation? If so, the world would like to know. Until then, please leave this to the adults.

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Pelosi got it right when she called the speech "an insult to the intelligence of the United States."

Now you are quoting Pelosi?? it's an insult just mentioning her name. She's more of a joke than Obama and that's saying something.

Texas, can you encapsulate some sort of plan Bibi put forth rather than complete Iranian capitulation? If so, the world would like to know. Until then, please leave this to the adults>This is not a basketball game, and no, it was not well received by those who will have to make the tough decisions.

Tough for Obama, should I throw Israel under the bus or should I make a deal with the Iranians to look good and something to give me bragging rights and street cred!

Decisions? You mean capitulating to Iran, that's what they are doing. Not much of a deal if Iran gets what it wants which is to destroy Israel and Obama is just helping them achieve that goal faster. As for Basketball game, Obama probably thinks it is just that since he likes playing it so much.

So what are we going to do about Iran? Bomb them?

No, if they don't like the deal you make unconditionally, walk away, they will come back, impose tougher sanctions and keep doing that until it breaks their will.

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Netanyahu thinks by waving his arms and screaming in terror he is like Winston Churchill.

I think he is more like George W Bush.

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Netanyahu thinks by waving his arms and screaming in terror he is like Winston Churchill.

I think he is more like George W Bush.

Which is actually a compliment. Whether you liked him or not, the man was resolute, direct and called the terrorists by what they were. His enemies feared him, unlike Obama which is the exact opposite, everyone just either laughs at him or doesn't take him seriously.

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Prime Minister is right on this . As of right now, Iran dealing with terrorists, also killing their own people. And ,they already have a nuclear bomb hidden. It's just that no one has demanded a search team for this. They will not only bomb Israel and America, but will bomb all. They do not deserve sanctions to be lifted .Iran cannot be trusted ,due to their leader and Obama is an ideology leader for terrorists, who really does not love my country or people. BIBI has compassion for his country, people.

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Pretty clear cut. Republicans invited, Netanyahu, a foreign leader for the express purpose of insulting the president and undermining his ability to conduct foreign policy. BY doing so Republicans didn't just disrespect a president they hate, they disrespected the office of the president of the United States, and the nation they supposedly serve.

Treason by right wing standards. Unpatriotic by anybody's.

Ronald Reagan would never have stood for this.

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Lest anyone forget:

All the yahoos here and in the US media praising Bibi and claiming Obama is "weak" and "arrogant" are the same yahoos who brought us the Iraq war.

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The appeasers reading this will not agree, but Netanyahu made his case by offering a crisp and indisputable indictment of the Iranian regime and, in particular, the flaws in the deal Obama wants to cut with Iran.

What's more, his speech included some terrific and memorable lines:

When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.

That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.

This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control.

Check and mate, Iran and Obama.

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It's not rare at all for foreign leaders to address Congress: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_joint_sessions_of_the_United_States_Congress

Executive branch (and the party currently representing it) may have their noses bent out of shape re notification, but traditions are made to be broken. Can't see the reason for it except feudalism in a country that supposedly dropped that bit, and no, won't be changing my mind if Democrats decide to invite Putin's grandson to speak 30 years from now when they get the House back.

dcog: My understanding is that a US President isn't allowed to meet any Head of State within a certain period of their elections as to not seem as meddling in another country's internal affairs.. Did the Pubs really expect him to break US tradition? Although not surprising at all that they did, their agenda is so shameless..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_presidential_campaign,_2008#Middle_Eastern_and_European_tour

Middle Eastern and European tour

In July 2008 Obama traveled to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, Germany, France, and Britain. During the course of this trip he met with assorted international leaders, including President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom, as well as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative opposition leader David Cameron.

On July 24, 2008 he gave a speech at the Victory Column in Berlin before a crowd of estimated 200,000 to 240,000 people.

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Pretty clear cut. Republicans invited, Netanyahu, a foreign leader for the express purpose of insulting the president and undermining his ability to conduct foreign policy.

What a sorry excuse! While the office of the president should be respected, it's Obama's fault that this whole debacle got as big as it did. He brought it on himself! Even BB was respectful in his comments about the president, Harry Reid even though he personally can't stand them, but libs just don't get it or simply don't want to get it. The Mullahs want to destroy Israel and then they will set their sights on the US. If Iran is allowed proliferation and they can freely enrich their plutonium, you have got to be the absolute biggest fool on the planet to think they won't use it, again, NOT only Israel, but Egypt, Jordan and the Saudis are targets as well. Obama doesn't care if there's a ME arms race because if Iran gets a nuke, you think the Saudis are going to be sitting ducks?? That is not going to happen, the same goes for Egypt and Jordan as tiny as that country is, they too, have a lot to lose. Everyone can see that, but his majesty Obama THINKS because he is the almighty sainted Obama, HE and ONLY HE alone can thwart Iran from taking that path! This guy is just unbelievable! screw our allies and worry about his legacy, that's the OBLY thing he cares about.

687 more days until this guy is out to greener pastures!

BY doing so Republicans didn't just disrespect a president they hate, they disrespected the office of the president of the United States, and the nation they supposedly serve.

Serves him right! This clown has disrespected congress, his allies and even more importantly, the people of the US. If that was disrespect inviting BB (which congress has the absolute right to do) then it wasn't enough!

Treason by right wing standards. Unpatriotic by anybody's.

You are joking?! If you go by that, I could give you a litany of treasonous offenses of this guy. How much time do you have?

Ronald Reagan would never have stood for this.

Reagan was a real man and a real leader and a real president. Obama doesn't even come in at a cool 10th.

The appeasers reading this will not agree, but Netanyahu made his case by offering a crisp and indisputable indictment of the Iranian regime and, in particular, the flaws in the deal Obama wants to cut with Iran.

**What's more, his speech included some terrific and memorable lines:

When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.

That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.

This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control.**

Check and mate, Iran and Obama.

I think the Dems were playing with their iPhones, stuck their finger in their ears and didn't purposely didn't try to listen to the broader facts of the deal. Remember: libs live in a world they want to believe in NOT in a world of how the world really is. That's the problem.

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Stupidest comment of the week. Anyone who thinks Obama doesn't love his country is someone who doesn't love his country.

Bass' reply that Obama doesn't love his country, proves that Bass doesn't love his country.

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If I didn't love my country, I'd be agreeing with everything Obama is doing.

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Too late. You've already proven you don't love it.

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Actually, I did not, but you are failing to see that as someone who does love his country, I feel very strong that this president is taking us all down a dangerous path and Netanyahu is a man that has the spirit, the guts, love and fortitude to do whatever it takes to make sure his country is safe and he also tells it like it is, that is real love and Obama has none of that.

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Actually, I did not

You're correct you didn't. I was just very clearly illuminating the idiocy of claiming someone doesn't love their country just because you dislike their ideals. The fact is people deal with their love for their country in different ways. Thank you for helping me illustrate my point (even though you were an unknowing participant).

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Well, the fact of the matter is that we have a president who wants to ruin the country and for once in the last 6 years we have man with the guts. I wish he were OUR president, because if he were, we wouldn't have to worry about these crazy radical Islamists and I worry about my country and I worry about the direction because I DO love my country so much, but as long as we have Obama as president, we will never get on the right track. but we will get over these 2 years. I just wish and hope the next president will be as tough as BB and not a wimp like this one.

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the fact of the matter is that we have a president who wants to ruin the country

Wow, another completely stupid comment. What reason would the president of the country have for wanting to ruin it?

Comments like this just show your inability to consider other perspectives. It's either the president does what you want, or they hate your country and want to ruin it.

Busy may have been the worst president ever, but you won't see a liberal stupid enough to claim that he didn't love America, and/or that he wanted to ruin it.

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'Wow, another completely stupid comment. What reason would the president of the country have for wanting to ruin it?

Given his track record over the last 6 years indicates to me, he's actions are and have been destructive to the country and to our allies.

Comments like this just show your inability to consider other perspectives.

In my line of work, that's all I do consider other perspectives, that's the main reason as to why I don't tow the liberal talking point narrative.

It's either the president does what you want, or they hate your country and want to ruin it.

If he did what I want, I would want him to pack up and leave, I wouldn't get that wish. I'm NOT that lucky! Personally, I want a president that listens to the people and works with them and congress and is NOT afraid to take a stand when it involves our security and safety and to shrink the government, NOT expand it to the point where it's not functioning which is where we are slowly at.

Busy may have been the worst president ever, but you won't see a liberal stupid enough to claim that he didn't love America, and/or that he wanted to ruin it.

Funny thing is Obama is still in office and already the historians are painting a very bad picture of this guy and if he keeps it up, he will have historically passed Jimmy Carter and I'm old enough to remember that clown and in fact, looking back, Obama is actually starting to make him look rather decent....a tad bit.

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One keeps on building nuclear weapons and the other building settlements in Palestinian territory. Both liars and perfect for each other.

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If you’re an American, write your Congress. Get behind the president on this deal. It's the best deal that we can have right now. Why? Because Netanyahu messed up previous deals that would have ensured more lasting restrictions on Iran. Check his history. He's done all this before.

This yahoo, Netanyahu, claimed back in 1992 (23 years ago) that Iran would have a nuclear bomb by 1995 and that it was imperative that the "US launch an immediate, all-out war against Iran." Yeah, that's the same crap that he's trying to sell to us now. And, again, this week, he tried to get us to go to war with Iran. Yes, WAR for another ten years. I say, no more body bags with American kids inside...just because of his monumental ego. This is the alternative Netanyahu is offering to replace the Iranian nuclear deal. Is that what America wants? Remember that just a few years ago this jackass tried to embroil us in another war with Iran using a cartoon bomb. That's how little he thinks of our reasoning abilities.

Yeah, he's a "sky is falling" alarmist who wants the US to go to war over and over again, keeping us perpetually at war. Well, I say, chuck the bastard. If he thinks Iran is such a threat, then let Israel attack Iran with the understanding that the chips will fall as they may...without US intervention if Israel fails. Netanyahu is that bad "friend" who tries to get you to fight the mean kid on the block, because he's too chicken-hearted to do it himself or because he seriously would enjoy you getting the crap kicked out of you.

That's Netanyahu, the same megalomaniac who bragged that he could get America to do anything he wants (see the video on youtube, the most disturbing, disgusting trash you'll ever see and hear) and now he's trying to prove that he does control American foreign policy by addressing our Congress outside the "normal protocols" of how that should be done. Yeah, I've learned to hate the bastard, because I see down in the depth of his blazing eyes the thousands of body bags he wants to fill with American kids inside.

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Like appeasing North Korea but without the Peace for Food, and where is North Korea now? Holding the bomb!

Iran knows most of the world doesn't have stomach for invasion after Iraq, so they can keep playing shell games with inspectors, as long as they don't go over the line as much or as often as Saddam did, they'll be find and no one will mess with them after they get their nukes.

Would be interesting to know if Iran's rival Saudi Arabia has clandestine nukes already, apparently they've got very good relations with nuclear power Pakistan, and lots of petrobucks to spare.

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Netanyahu is a stand up guy with SPINE. Give the man some credit. His tiny country is constantly threatened, attacked and the Israelis are always being ostracized in these forums. I hope the Republicans invite him back to DC again & again.

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