I just finished watching Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a Joint Session of Congress. I hope you all had the opportunity to watch it. If not, please take the time to view it.
Here it is for those who missed it:
I wanted to share my thoughts on Netanyahu’s speech with you all.
First of all, it is impossible not to compare Netanyahu to Obama’s State of the Union address (any of them; it doesn’t matter which).
Bibi’s words were devoid of platitudes and bromides. There were no appeals to the lowest common denominator. There were no inflammatory remarks or backhanded insults. No straw men. None of that. He showed respect. Respect to the Congress. Respect for the American People. Respect even for this President who has been attacking and vilifying him for years.
Netanyahu used facts, reality, and history. He laid out the case historically for what Iran has done, how it has acted, what it vows to do, and what its objectives are.
He juxtaposed their recent actions against the assumptions made by the Obama Administration that Iran can be trusted to follow any deal.
More importantly, he didn’t use his time to attack Obama or insult, demean or vilify him (as much as I think Obama deserves to get a little of his own medicine, but Bibi is a better man than I ever could be if I were a man).
Iran is the largest state-sponsor of terrorism. Bibi’s point is unassailable. Do we really want to believe that Iran, if sanctions are lifted and roadblocks to gaining nuclear weapons removed can be trusted to suddenly do less sponsoring of terror? Do we really want to put our trust in Iran to behave differently when lifting sanctions would give them more money to spend on terrorism? Do we really want to trust Iran to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the terrorists that they so willingly fund? Given Iran’s track record, the historical fact, would we really be wise to trust them?
His arguments were simple, clear, decisive and incontrovertible.
Listen to the speech when you have the opportunity. I strongly recommend you take the time to hear it.
My only other observations are typical DIANNY snarkiness.
Why in the name of sweet fancy Moses did Sheila Jackson-Lee attend if she was going to sit there like a bump on a log staring down at her phone? The dumb bint clearly wanted to call attention to her attitude that Prime Minister Netanyahu isn’t deserving of the most basic respect and consideration. Frankly, since Bibi was laying out what we on Planet Earth call “Facts,” clueless nitwit that she is, Sheila probably couldn’t follow him anyway. I still marvel at the fact that this brain-addled idiot went to Yale.
In Obama’s 2015 SOTU, he referred to himself 92 times. Although I couldn’t keep track as I was listening, I can pretty much guarantee you that Bibi’s personal pronoun count will be far lower. He wasn’t there to blow his own horn or blather on about himself. He was there to speak to the US Congress on behalf of the nation of Israel. It wasn’t the Bibi Show.
Finally, it is refreshing to hear a leader — a true leader — speak with authority and humility. It is nice, after six years, to hear a leader speak out of love, not only of his own nation, but of the United States of America. I saw on the Twitters last night an image of Benjamin Netanyahu with the caption: “Leader of the Free World.” I am inclined to agree. The position was vacant. And thank heaven a real leader, who loves America as much as his own country, was willing to step up and fill the void.