Over the weekend the President met with the Prime Minister of Israel and delivered a speech in front of everyone’s favorite lobby group, AIPAC. Ben Netanyahu wants a committment to launch an attack on Iran, Barry Hussein thinks we should probably try to work things out diplomatically before bombing a country that doesn’t have weapons of mass destruction and plummet the region still further into chaos. It’s a fascinating two-step.
Like any good two-step, there’s a third man dancing, and that handsome young gentleman is Mitch McConnell, who took his own turn to address AIPAC yesterday:
Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said President Barack Obama’s repeated pronouncement that the administration keeps “all options on the table” is a talking point, not a policy, and the United States needs a straightforward, deliberate plan that would force Tehran to negotiate to preserve its survival. McConnell was making the case for his proposal in a speech to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday night, shortly before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to address the gathering.
“If Iran, at any time, begins to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, or decides to go forward with a weapons program, then the United States will use overwhelming force to end that program,” McConnell said, according to an advanced text of the speech.
It’s not my place to point out Mitch is saying the exact same thing as the President and is not proposing a policy but just spouting the President’s own talking points — I assume the folks at AIPAC aren’t total morons and can understand that on their own — so instead I’ll just suggest that the Senate Minority Leader trying to lead the nation into yet another large scale war is unhelpful to the course of the nation.
McConnell’s reckless belligerence is not a policy, it’s a very dangerous and very stupid talking point.