I’ve always said a viable two state solution can never come about unless we remove the extremists from the equation. Well, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to represent a very far right-wing side of the Israel/Palestine coin. So it’s only natural that he would be applauded and gleefully embraced by the extremist right-wing American Congress, who love nothing more than using American taxpayer money and soldiers to make democracy safer for the Likud Party.
The warmongering and vacuous Manichaeism that animated the Bush years is not something Netanyahu has been able to secure as easily with President Obama. In what can only be considered borderline treason, Boehner’s baracknophobic Congress blindly embraced Netanyahu. Senator Bernie Sanders, however, was not eating the polished turd.
You know the situation is pretty messed up when Bernie Sanders, a huge supporter of Israel, is upset at the Netanyahu speech.
In a thunderous statement, the fiery Independent Vermont Senator took apart Netanyahu’s obvious war-mongering:
More than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us thousands of lives and trillions in treasure and made a difficult situation even worse. Those experiences should reinforce our resolve to make every diplomatic effort to avoid another rush to war.
It goes without saying that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. It goes without saying that the United States will stand by our long-standing friendship and support for the nation of Israel. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Netanyahu did not offer any serious alternatives to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
At this point, harsher sanctions won’t stop Iran’s nuclear program. Neither would a dangerous resort to military action. The sanctions currently in place have brought Iran to the bargaining table and current negotiations resulted in Iran freezing its nuclear program. And for the past year, Iran has been subject to heightened international inspections. All of those things have made us safer.
I commend President Obama for his continued cooperation with the United Kingdom, France, China, Germany and Russia to reach a final agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Senator Sanders is perhaps the only sincerely honest senator, other than Elizabeth Warren, who actually serves the interests of the people — not the defense industry or radicals like Netanyahu. Moreover, a man who wants nothing more than protracted warfare. WMDs, yellowcake, and mushroom clouds are so 2003, Netanyahu.