By Rebekah Maxwell – BarbWire guest contributor
Netanyahu vs. Obama’s ego in DC: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address Congress in “the most important speech of his career” which American media is hyping as having already “jeopardized relations between Israel and the United States.”
Why does inviting the leader of one of our closest allied nations to speak to Congress spark such a controversy? Because he’s about to tell Obama what he doesn’t want to hear–that employing the honor system with a nuclear Iran won’t keep the world safe.
So Obama has refused to attend, and refused to meet with Netanyahu at all on his visit. Joe Biden and John Kerry both quickly came up with other plans to avoid the speech, and several congressional Democrats say they’ll sit out the address because it’s an “affront to the President.” For national security and international interests pale in comparison to their main duty: protecting Obama’s ego.
It’s the latest proof that Obama’s foreign policy style is that of petulant prom king…which is all fun and games, until he lets the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism build nuclear weapons.
Another little testament to the damage Obama’s attitude has wrought was a shocking report from a Kuwaiti newspaper claiming that the President once threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they went through with a plan to target Iranian nuclear sites. The report is unconfirmed, but the fact that such a story gained any international credence (especially in Israel) illustrates how little trust our allies have in our Peace-Prize winning Prez.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s favorability rating in the U.S. has increased to its highest levels in 15 years, showing yet again how far removed Obama’s world is from American reality.
Amnesty’s back in the House–Will they, won’t they cave?: The drama over the funding of Obama’s amnesty continues. The House passed a temporary funding measure just before midnight on Friday, to push the fight over funding the Department of Homeland Security (and the interlaced illegal amnesty plan) to this week.
It provided ample fodder for the Establishment on the weekend talk shows to bash the 52 conservatives who voted against the temporary measure on Friday; the usual suspects (Peter King, Lindsey Graham, etc) were sniping at their conservative colleagues for not “understanding reality on DHS funding.” Reality, in their world, means just give Obama, Pelosi, and Reid everything they want already.
In public, Boehner says he’s putting the funding battle back in the Senate’s lap. But a source in a FOX/AP report says Boehner spoke to Pelosi and Reid, and “committed to bringing up a bill without conditions.”
The alleged backroom dealings with Democrats against his own party, could explain why Boehner’s attempt to pass funding for three weeks tanked, and why there’s renewed furor from Republicans that his days as Speaker are numbered. But who would expect a betrayal from John Boehner? If (or more likely when) the Man of Orange buys enough Democrat votes to steamroll his own party’s majority (again), every Republican representative that gave him their vote for Speaker ought to present themselves at their district back home with a personal apology and a plan to replace him.
All of the Establishment’s machinations over how they can illegally fund Obama’s illegality, makes the happy few taking real stands all the more distinct. Once again, Mike Lee issued one of the most important (and underrated) statements at CPAC, when he laid the blame for Obama’s executive crimes at the feet of Congress. America’s real leaders are standing up…they’re the ones the “leadership” tries to eliminate.
Ted Cruz vs. Jeb Bush on Common Core: While Jeb Bush was bussing in supporters at CPAC, another 2016 contender tackled one of Jeb’s (many) weaknesses right in Bush’s backyard.
Ted Cruz took on Common Core during a speech to Club For Growth’s annual conference in Florida.
“We should repeal every word of Common Core,” he said. “We should get the federal government out of the business of curriculum.”
Cruz described Common Core as “national standards being dictated from Washington,” ABC News reported.
Cruz has long been “emphatically opposed” to Common Core, and has prominently promoted school choice in his senate career. In stark contrast, Jeb Bush has maintained constant and unabashed support of Common Core’s big government power grab; he again endorsed Common Core at both CPAC and the Club For Growth event.
Behold 2016: the year of bold contrasts, no pale pastels.
Poll finds Russia America’s #1 Enemy: Putin has made his mark. The latest Gallup poll finds 18% of American people view Russia as the top foreign threat to our nation. Last year, Russia came in third, with China at number 1 (20%) and North Korea in second place.
The poll, conducted Feb. 8 to 11, indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric and aggressiveness in Ukraine have begun to spook the American public.
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