Feb. 11, 2015

What Democrats Really Fear Is Netanyahu’s ‘Plain Speaking’

By the droves, Democrats are planning to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month. But, as former UN ambassador John Bolton observes, that only illustrates the Left’s disconnect with reality. “The stakes are as high as they come,” he wrote in a weekend op-ed. “But Obama cannot be candid about the terms of the ongoing discussions, especially now. The inevitable consequences of his dangerous position already are provoking widespread bipartisan disapproval in America. The White House most fears the effect Netanyahu will have on congressional consideration of further Iran sanctions if no deal is reached. … In short, Boehner outgunned and outmaneuvered Obama politically, a presumptuousness that could not go unchallenged from the heights of Mount Obama. In America, plain speaking remains a virtue. That’s what Netanyahu will bring to Congress – and what Obama fears.” Israel’s existence is not Obama’s concern, but rather the political ramifications that will result from a reality check spoken by a strong and determined leader. If such a leader resided in the White House, Netanyahu’s address wouldn’t be necessary. More…

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