Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress today sank President Barak Obama's empty rhetoric about how to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran's hands. Netanyahu torpedoed every one of Obama's arguments that supposedly support how his "delicate negotiations" will prevent the Iranians from becoming a rogue state violating international agreements by becoming a nuclear-armed state.
Judge for yourself: (speech starts about 22:15)
Aside from questions of protocol and political one-upmanship, you'll see that the speech more than went over well with the bipartisan group of lawmakers. It was more than warmly received. It lit up the audience. The big losers are Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and other partisans who refused to listen to a reasonable and insightful analysis of why the deal that the Obama administration and Sec. of State John Kerry are promoting is a bad deal, worse than no deal at all.
One reason, according to Netanyahu, is that it gives Iran a clear and unstoppable path to nuclear armament after ten years. It would be kind to call this deal merely lunacy.
I imagine that Schakowsky's reaction when she heard the speech was, "Oh, crap. I wish I hadn't written that Tribune op-ed" that appeared today explaining why "after careful consideration" she decided not to attend the speech. It'll be fun to watch as she tries to explain to her Jewish constituency why she wrote such foolishness.