KEYES: Boehner’s Surprise is Just Incredible

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In my latest blog post (Boehner’s late awakening: None are so blind…), I comment on House Speaker John Boehner statement, during a recent interview with Politico, that he “has been most surprised by ‘the boldness of the Iranians’ in exerting their influence” in the Middle East. In that post I lay out the thinking that makes his statement seem incredible to me.

I find it hard to believe that an American of Mr. Boehner’s age and political experience could be quite as naïve as he pretends. I find it hard to believe that he simply failed to appreciate the truth that forces of fear and terror never cease to operate in human affairs, orchestrating their foul business with no more respect for political boundaries than they have for moral ones. I find it hard to believe that he didn’t appreciate the implications of Obama’s retreat from America’s leadership role in the international system meant to reflect our principles of right.

I find it hard to believe that he didn’t’ realize the implications of Obama’s systematic degradation of the morale and strength of our military forces, including our nuclear deterrent. I find it hard to believe that he was blind to the implications of his abuse of the allies, like Great Britain and Israel, most likely to share our commitment to those principles. I find it hard to believe that, with the saga of the relentless war against Israel’s existence so prominent in the history of the century in which he grew up, that he had no notion of the full implications of Obama’s dangerous game of arming our avowed enemies, though they were repeatedly suggested:

  1. By the lies and treachery surrounding the Benghazi episode;
  2. By the reward for likely desertion and consorting with the enemy involved in the Bergdahl swap;
  3. By the collapse of U.S. border security, which offers terrorist organizations the opportunity to preposition their forces for terrorist attacks within the U.S.;
  4. By the policy of funding the unlawful importation of foreign citizens into the United States, without due regard for their possibly hostile backgrounds and intentions.
  5. And by the practice of giving great influence over U.S. Foreign Policy to people and interests associated with organizations openly committed to the goals of so-called “radical Islam”, goals self-evidently hostile, existentially and in principle, to the survival of our constitutional republic.

I find it hard to understand how, in light of all these things, Mr. Boehner professes to be surprised at Iran’s boldness. I find it hard to understand why he did not anticipate dire consequences, for America and the rest of the world, as Obama ended America’s war on terrorists in order to pursue policies that arm them to make war against America.

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Willfully or not, John Boehner studiously ignored the background and implications of Obama’s coherent, consistent “foreign policy”. (I hedge that phrase to suggest its use in a different sense, one that refers to policies dictated by goals and allegiances foreign to America’s principles and hostile to our material and moral good.) Sadly, I am not surprised to find that Mr. Boehner’s belated recognition of “the boldness of the Iranians” is not accompanied by an honest acknowledgment of the boldness of Obama’s treasonous betrayals of the constitutional self-government of the American people.

The simple truth is that he refuses this acknowledgment because then he would have to admit that the call for Obama’s impeachment and removal is not only justified, it has become imperative. That call was raised by people who early on saw the dangers and consequences Boehner ignored. That call was raised by people who understood that the impeachment process is the Constitutional way to make the facts clear, and to signal to anxious Americans, and to the rest of the world (friend and foe alike) that Obama’s treasons will not stand.

Truth to tell, Speaker Boehner won’t acknowledge that they were right because saying so would require that the Congress act now to do what he has, ignorantly or with malice aforethought, refused to do in a timely way. Timely action might have prevented results that some say are already producing irreversible harmful consequences.

If Speak Boehner were to acknowledge the truth about Obama’s longstanding record of hostility to the nation, that would point to another similar truth, highly inconvenient for him: the truth that those who called for Obama’s impeachment were right about that, and right as well when they decried Mr. Boehner for refusing to do so. In this respect, does Boehner’s precarious credibility also extend to other GOP members of the U.S. House and Senate? Have they been more complicit in Obama’s treacherously coherent “foreign” policy than their open collaboration with, or tolerance of, his unconstitutional abuses (e.g., re illegal immigration) already suggests?

I frankly doubt that Speaker Boehner is as surprised and vehemently chagrined by the Iranian deal, as he wants us to believe. But just in case I’m wrong, I will be offering some advice, in my WND column this week, about what he and other members of Congress should do both to forestall its implementation, and thwart the truly surprising attack on the American people in which it could play a supporting role. Is the stage being set for Barack Obama to play the lead role in consolidating elitist faction tyranny over the American people? Are his lawless, unconstitutional, treasonous actions simply the prelude for closing down the exceptionally long and successful run of our constitutional liberty?

Many years ago someone who spent a good deal of time looking into the genius of unbounded evil warned me never to neglect the possibility that, when evil seems at its boldest one must prepare to face the fact that it may be even bolder than it seems. Given the state of America’s political and constitutional affairs, these days that preparation requires us to think about the unthinkable, which I will venture to do in my WND column later this week.

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Dr. Alan Keyes
Once a high-level Reagan-era diplomat, Alan Keyes is a long-time leader in the conservative movement. He is well-known as a staunch pro-life champion and an eloquent advocate of the constitutional republic, including respect for the moral basis of liberty and self-government. He has worked to promote an approach to politics based on the initiative of citizens of goodwill consonant with the with the principles of God-endowed natural right.

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