Bibi: Be Wary, But Don’t Ignore

In light of Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in front of congress and the subsequent foolhardy letter sent to Iran by the Republicans, the future of the Middle East has been questioned by many, and with reason. Netanyahu has turned increasingly bold, if rash, to appeal to his base (with much success) and the Republicans have been stubborn in their quest to erode Obama’s bargaining power. In spite of this, predictions of an impending war between Israel and Iran are greatly exaggerated. Possibly the most alarmist, José Ignacio Torreblanca, the…

Boehner and Netanyahu Threaten American Unity on Foreign Policy

Over the last few weeks, there has been significant political dispute between the White House, Congressional Democrats (and some Republicans) and House Speaker John Boehner after the Ohio Republican extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress in March. The Speaker did this without consulting with President Obama or any White House official. Critics on the left (and a few on the right as well) have slammed the political maneuver for several reasons, the primary one being that foreign policy powers lie solely in the…