12 Mar 2015

Heckuva job you’re doing on foreign policy, Congress "It’s time to step back for a second and soak in just how badly congressional Republicans have messed up on foreign policy over the past two months."

It’s time to step back for a second and soak in just how badly congressional Republicans have messed up on foreign policy over the past two months.
There is no denying that President Obama’s overall foreign policy is unpopular with the American people (though the depth of that unpopularity is another question entirely). Armed with a pretty strong midterm election performance, the GOP-controlled Congress came to power with legitimate policy disagreements with the president and some legitimate gripes about the process through which Obama was conducting foreign policy.
It wasn’t just Republicans, either. In January there were clear signs that both Democrats and the foreign policy establishment shared GOP policy preferences on the Keystone pipeline, relations with Israel, and nuclear negotiations with Iran.
And yet, over the past two months, the Republican-controlled Congress has managed to go from one blunder to another on foreign policy and national security questions. The covert invitation for Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress did not sit well with Democrats, foreign policy experts, and even GOP foreign policy advisers. The bungling over funding the Department of Homeland Security qualifies as a GOP own-goal as well.
And now we arrive at the open letter to Iran’s leadership. That little missive clearly alienated congressional Democrats who have been wary about the nuclear negotiations:
“I think Republicans have made it harder for us to approach this in a careful and bipartisan way,” said Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, who has led his party’s push for congressional review of the administration’s policies on war and sanctions, and sponsored a bill that would allow Congress to review any removal of congressionally imposed sanctions against Iran.
Democrats said the Republicans’ letter, written by Senator Tom Cotton, a freshman from Arkansas, undermined Mr. Obama’s efforts to reach an agreement but also weakened their resolve to cross party lines and challenge their own president….
“The whole brouhaha last week reduced from a 40 percent chance to a 4 percent chance that Democrats will vote in sufficient numbers to override a veto,” said Representative Brad Sherman, a California Democrat and one of the most ardent supporters of Israel in his caucus.
And this is before we get to the foreign policy establishment, who have been uniformly appalled. It takes real effort for people, such as Les Gelb,David IgnatiusFred KaplanRichard Haass, Phil Zelikow et al, to get off their bipartisan fence and blast one party for acting recklessly on foreign policy — and yet Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter has managed to pull it off.


  1. Incriminally Sane12 March 2015 at 11:43

    Anyone still think the Demoncrats and Republicunts have a different "Agenda"?

  2. March 3rd,2015 The DAY of SHAME
    On this day the republicans brought an outsider into AMERICA'S HOUSE to fight their FAMILY fight for them . Boehner brought a foreigner into AMERICA'S HOUSE to argue a FAMILY dispute. Those were not "standing ovations" .... they were yellow-bellied-groveling In front of the entire World the republican party groveled to an alien politician, in their desperate, failed, attempt to publicly shame the President of the United States. The republicans SHAMED America and destroyed what patheticly tiny scrap of honor congress had left. Only filthy cowards drag outsiders into a FAMILY arguement. Johnny Boehner could not even find enough testosterone to wait until after that disgrace, before he folded on his limp-wristed "stand" against ILLEGALs . Boehner folded on ILLEGALS as he was bringing in a FOREIGNER to fight his battles for him ..... The World is laughing in derision ...... at republicans, not the PRESIDENT.

  3. ONE party .... TWO names ............ Democan/Republicrat....
    They are not even PRETENDING ...... They are RUBBING IT in your FACES ................
    George W. Bush: Hillary Clinton is like ‘my sister-in-law’ By Jose A. DelReal December 5 at 10:16 AM
    Former President Bush has spoken at length about his close ties to former President Bill Clinton, at times calling him his "brother from another mother."
    CNN's Candy Crowley asked Bush during an interview published Friday where that leaves Hillary Clinton: "My sister-in-law!" the president responded light-heartedly.

  4. They didn't shame America. They shamed themselves. They revealed the sick underbelly of the basis of our elected representatives: they have to raise money to get elected. Israel kicks back a percentage of the $3 billion Congress gives them in "aid" to their election funds. But they have to do Israel's bidding to get it. Publicly funded elections, free airtime for all candidates in the 6 weeks before election as a condition of networks' licenses, will save us. Nothing less will.