“Outrageous” describes Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s unpatriotic breach of protocol in inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress to attack U.S. negotiations with Iran, in effect putting Israel’s interests above those of the U.S.
Rarely are foreign leaders honored with such opportunities. This makes Prime Minister Netanyahu’s third appearance. His last address to Congress in 2011 was accurately described by the Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, as follows: “It is unlikely that any other [head of state] has ever attempted to sell them such a pile of propaganda and prevarication, such hypocrisy and sanctimony,” “filled with lies on top of lies,” “apparently there is no end to hypocrisy,” and “last night we saw that Americans will buy anything, or at least their applauding legislators will.”
In 2011 our legislators resembled nothing so much as a chorus of braying donkeys, as they leaped to their feet time after time to applaud “lies heaped upon lies.” I have no doubt that Prime Minister Netanyahu will serve the same dish as in 2011, and the braying chorus will react in the same manner.