Pelosi’s Theatrics Disrespect Netanyahu and Israel

March 10th, 2015
by LT. COLONEL JAMES G. ZUMWALT, USMC (RET) March 10, 2015

And the envelope, please…

The Academy Award for best theatrical performance during a speech before a joint session of Congress goes to…Nancy Pelosi!

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before Congress making the case for preventing Iran from becoming nuclear-armed, it was embarrassing to watch House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s Chamber antics.

Speaking before her was a man who fully understood the Islamist threat as he:

      –  had grown up with the threat all around him;

      –  lost a brother during the 1976 Israeli raid on Entebbe airport to rescue passengers held by Islamic extremists who had hijacked their plane;

       – was wounded fighting Islam’s armies determined to eradicate his country;

       – well knew, while Israel is Islam’s immediate target, all non-Muslim nations remain within its gun sights.

As such, and as Israel’s elected leader, Netanyahu deserved Pelosi’s full attention and respect.

While Pelosi and company criticized the timing of Netanyahu’s speech before Congress as political (Israeli legislative elections are to be held March 17th), the timing was actually very symbolic.

Netanyahu came to America as the Jewish holiday-the Fast of Esther-approached. It commemorates a time when Jews in the ancient Persian Empire were saved from a plot hatched by King Xerxes I’s advisor to annihilate them-a plot foiled by the intervention of the Jewish Queen Esther of Persia. Ironically, almost 2500 years later, the Persians-this time Tehran’s mullahs-again plot a Jewish annihilation.

Netanyahu’s speech reflected a man on a mission-to educate Congress on the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran. While the details of a nuclear deal with Iran remain unknown, the Israelis have a good grasp where negotiations are headed. We all will know more later this month.

Netanyahu argued the U.S. negotiating path is a dangerous one. Having already caved in on 80% of Tehran’s demands, Obama has retrograded from assurances to us Iran would never have the bomb to negotiations all but guaranteeing it. The Prime Minister noted the hypocrisy of giving a country, recognized by the U.S. as the leading state sponsor of terrorism, a clear path for advancing its nuclear program.

Netanyahu’s fears are twofold:

1) An Iran permitted to maintain a program from which it can quickly “break out,” racing to the nuclear arms finish line whenever it chooses; and

2) An Iran permitted to have nukes after ten years without conditioning it on a change in behavior to act responsibly by giving up its support of terrorism.

Netanyahu warned a deal lifting sanctions will allow Tehran to continue its “aggression abroad and prosperity at home.” If you are a mullah, like the Toyota commercial, “Who could ask for anything more?”

While Netanyahu’s primary motivation to speak was Israel’s national security interests, he recognized another responsibility as well: “I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there’s still time to avert them.”

Netanyahu felt compelled to meet this moral obligation while Pelosi felt no obligation to set politics aside to render an attentive ear to a man who, much better than she, understands the evil lurking under the mullahs’ turbans.

The Prime Minister warned, “The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.”

Netanyahu’s remarks were met by Pelosi’s childish antics. Withholding applause on several occasions, she held her hands wide apart, shaking her head, as he called for a better nuclear deal with Iran-a country known for breaking every arms agreement signed.

But most noticeable was her reaction as Netanyahu emphasized Israel’s resolve.

Recognizing the presence of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, he said, “I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned.” Netanyahu later added, “The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies are over.” He promised, “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

While the House chamber erupted into applause at these stirring words of a nation unafraid to act against evil, a frustrated Pelosi did not, turning instead to colleagues in a mocking manner.

Exiting the Chamber quickly through a back door to avoid greeting Netanyahu, Pelosi later fumed, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech-saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States.” Her hurt stemmed from Netanyahu’s “condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

Pelosi’s naiveté is disturbing. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton forewarned a nuclear-armed Iran would trigger proliferation in the region. Pelosi seems unaware an arms race there already is underway, with Saudi Arabia and Egypt talking about starting their own nuclear programs. And this arms race is triggered by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama’s inability to see the danger other Gulf states see in failing to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Pelosi fails to recognize her own hypocrisy. She expressed displeasure Netanyahu breached protocol- accepting Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner’s invitation rather than (hopelessly) awaiting one from President Obama. This is the same Nancy Pelosi who, in 2007, violated protocol, traveling to Syria against White House advice, going on a “peace” mission to meet with President Bashar Assad.

Pelosi claimed then Damascus was “the road to peace.” We later learned Assad was illegally building a nuclear facility (subsequently destroyed by Israel) during her visit. And, since then, the world has witnessed Assad’s continuing brutality trying to put down a revolution seeking to topple him. These reveal the absurdity of Pelosi’s peace claim.

Pelosi’s assessment Netanyahu’s remarks were an insult to one’s intelligence might be the only intelligence assessment she has correctly made. She has shown herself to be totally incompetent in understanding U.S. foreign policy. Her GPS is in need of re-calibration: Damascus was not the road to peace in 2007 nor is a bad nuclear deal with Iran the road to peace today.

Before Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, Pelosi was queried as to what was in it. Clueless, she foolishly suggested “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” As much as she would like to take a similar approach to a nuclear deal with Iran, the consequences will be far more devastating.

Readers still unsure whether Pelosi prioritizes party politics over national security should remember while she opposed drone attacks against Islamist terrorists ordered by Bush 43, they suddenly became acceptable to her after Obama not only continued but expanded the program.

Meanwhile, as Obama makes nice with Tehran, Iranian naval forces conduct attack drills against a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. And, last month, a regime-organized display of hatred for America and Israel was held to celebrate the Islamic Revolution’s 36thanniversary.

Obama’s deal with Iran may well reflect a premise he embraces-i.e., once nuclear-armed, Iran will act responsibly. He foolishly believes because the concept of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) prevented a nuclear exchange during the Cold War, it will work with a nuclear-armed Iran today. This shows his ignorance of an Iranian apocalyptical mindset in which MAD serves not as a deterrent but as an inducement for nuclear war.

Netanyahu’s appeal to Congress may reflect an even deeper concern by the Prime Minister.

While he wants to believe most members of Congress think as he does about Iran, Netanyahu knows Obama has repeatedly signed off on executive orders to usurp the authority of Congress to pass laws. The question then becomes will he use it to bypass Senate approval of an Iran treaty as recently suggested?

Doing so would represent the most egregious executive overreaching of Constitutional authority in U.S. history. The question then becomes will Congress “grow a pair” to challenge it?

In winning her Academy Award for best theatrical performance, Pelosi would want to thank those who made her win possible. Accolades should go to a U.S. President, clueless as to what a nuclear-armed Iran means for world stability, as well as to Tehran’s mullahs who do.

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