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BREAKING: Benjamin Netanyahu Precipitates Serious Spate of Neocon Exploding Heads

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has some uncharacteristically positive words for one of U.S. President Barack Obama’s most controversial foreign policy initiatives: the deal struck last year to remove chemical weapons from Syria.

Netanyahu issued what was for him a full-throated endorsement of an Obama initiative, calling it “the one ray of light in a very dark region.”

“It’s not complete yet,” he went on. “We are concerned that they may not have declared all of their capacity. But what has been removed has been removed. We’re talking about 90 percent. We appreciate the effort that has been made and the results that have been achieved.”

Loosely [emphasis on the “loose”] related:

It’s a marvelous, magical place, our United States Senate.  It’s a place that can transform a balding old white guy from the boonies, with a BS in Industrial Management and his own construction company, into a foreign policy expert in just a few short years.

The guy I’m referring to, of course, is Sen. Bob “Muddlement” Corker (R-TN) ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

And, if Republicans should take control of the Senate this year, Sen. Muddlement is in line to take the reins of said Committee, a prospect that scares the bejeebers out of me but seems to thrill Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

I have watched him over the last few years really become the most highly respected on national security and foreign policy.  He’s eminently qualified to be the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

“Eminently qualified”? seriously??  Perhaps that statement goes a long way toward explaining our Congress’ 9% approval rating, because, in my view, Sen. Corker is a treasonous, low-info blowhard with minimal qualifications to be embarrassing the US, on national television, spouting his cracker-barrel wisdom on how our elected President is handling foreign affairs.

Unless, of course, you count Corker’s brief sojourn as Mayor of Chattanooga.

In case readers fear that I’ve strayed over into a partisan hyperbole zone —tossing around words like “treasonous”—have a listen for yourself:

“I hate to be crass” . . . but try and stop me!

That footage is carrying a lot of freight, in my opinion.  First, it seems to border on what some might call “giving aid and comfort to an enemy.”

Article 3, section 3, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution specifies that the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy is an element in the crime of Treason. Aid and comfort may consist of substantial assistance or the mere attempt to provide some support; actual help or the success of the enterprise is not relevant.

It also is a fine example of how far Obama Derangement Syndrome has spread throughout the Republican party.  How else to explain a grown man getting in front of a national news audience to share his cockeyed view that when a sociopathic autocrat in a third-rate power, decides to annhilate his own people, this is somehow on President Obama’s head?  That the madman carried out his genius plot to expressly humiliate Obama and the US?  And, if only Obama had done something American like “put SpecOps on the ground” to hand out missile launchers in Syrian marketplaces, so many lives would have been spared?

Well, as they say in the South: back in grandpa’s day they would have kept that boy upstairs.

See, as much as Republicans love the past, they just refuse to learn from it and they don’t get that the rest of us are just not that obsessed with destroying Obama.

As a matter of fact, many, many of us can understand exactly where our President, the president we elected . . .  twice, is coming from when he finally tells Republicans to “STFU, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”  In the nicest possible way, of course.

We applaud when he says things like:

Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force.  And the question I think I would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget? And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished?”

I would note that those who criticize our foreign policy with respect to Syria, they themselves say, ‘No, no, no, we don’t mean sending in troops. 

Well, what do you mean?
Well, you should be assisting the opposition.’

Well, we’re assisting the opposition.
What else do you mean?

Well, perhaps you should have taken a strike in Syria to get chemical weapons out of Syria.
Well, it turns out we’re getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike. So what else are you talking about?

And at that point it kind of trails off.

That may not always attract a lot of attention, and it doesn’t make for good argument on Sunday morning shows.  But it avoids errors. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run. But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.

Posted by Bette Noir on 05/23/14 at 10:12 AM • Permalink

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Yeah, but hitting singles and doubles just doesn’t yield enough war-boners and manly chest thumping according to the perpetual-war-is-the-goal guys!

“Eminently qualified”, said the man who gave the country our never-ending on-going shame of a whining, whimpering, subliterate witch at one time, potentially, one aged heartbeat away from the presidency. 

Good one. Senator.

McCainn saying someone is “Eminently qualified” is not a ringing endorsement.. This is the same man who said Sarah Palin is the most qualified person to speak about Energy in the entire United States.

We all know how “accurate” that is!

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