Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Jesus Malverde

(10,274 posts)
Tue Mar 3, 2015, 03:25 AM Mar 2015

AIPAC pummels Obama

A slide projected onto the wall at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering Monday contained a warning to delegates: “AIPAC is Bipartisan,” it said, next to an image of a Democratic donkey and Republican elephant in boxing gear. “Check your gloves at the door.”

They checked their gloves, all right — but less to practice bipartisanship than to pummel the Obama administration with bare knuckles. In the brawl between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran nuclear negotiations, AIPAC has joined congressional Republicans in siding wholeheartedly with the Israeli hard-liner.

The rift with Obama is nothing new; four years ago, AIPAC delegates were urged not to boo Obama when he spoke to the group (most obeyed). But this situation is worse, because Netanyahu, by accepting House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress Tuesday — snubbing Obama, who wasn’t consulted — is exploiting a partisan rift in American politics and driving a wedge through the American Jewish community. And congressional Republicans, by giving Netanyahu their pulpit 14 days before Israel’s elections, are brazenly taking sides in that country’s politics. This all is likely to backfire by firming Democratic resistance to more Iran sanctions — and, in the long run, by politicizing U.S.-Israeli relations.

The AIPAC delegates left no doubt where they stood as they listened to speeches at the Washington convention center Monday morning by Netanyahu and by an Obama administration representative, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power. The transcript will show that they applauded Netanyahu 59 times in his 22-minute speech, compared with 34 times during Power’s 30-minute address. But that doesn’t reflect the rapturous nature of the reception for Netanyahu (who got an 80-second standing ovation, with thousands of phones raised to take photos, on either end of his speech) and the polite but tepid response to Power (who received a perfunctory 18 seconds).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/aipac-pummels-obama/2015/03/02/e05ee4c2-c10d-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html

5 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
AIPAC pummels Obama (Original Post) Jesus Malverde Mar 2015 OP
Every single Democrat needs to walk out on that speech. Anyone who does not, is showing allegiance sabrina 1 Mar 2015 #1
+1 n/t jaysunb Mar 2015 #2
I have been hoping 2naSalit Mar 2015 #3
That's what they should do. HappyMe Mar 2015 #4
I absolutely... onyourleft Mar 2015 #5

sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)
1. Every single Democrat needs to walk out on that speech. Anyone who does not, is showing allegiance
Tue Mar 3, 2015, 03:31 AM
Mar 2015

to a foreign leader OVER their own President.

These people are NASTY and they are trying to undermine this president's Foreign Policies which is simply or should be, UNACCEPTABLE.

2naSalit

(88,968 posts)
3. I have been hoping
Tue Mar 3, 2015, 10:16 AM
Mar 2015

that those who actually do show up do so in order to walk out at some point in the speech. That would be amazing if they do something like that... I hope.

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»AIPAC pummels Obama