Netanyahu Delivered Just What Obama Feared

Netanyahu Delivered Just What Obama Feared

Israel’s prime minister delivered a sober reminder of the risks of dealing with Iran—and painted Obama as naive in the process.

 Netanyahu was hailed in the House chamber like a conquering hero. The moment felt, well, presidential.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about Iran during a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol. At the risk of further straining the relationship between Israel and the Obama administration, Netanyahu warned members of Congress against what he considers an ill-advised nuclear deal with Iran.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

March 3, 2015 Congressional Republicans haven’t had many victories in their lasting conflict with President Obama, but Tuesday brought one. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s somber, provocative speech to Congress checked all the boxes.

It called into question the efficacy of any deal the administration might strike with Iran over its nuclear program; it likely renewed momentum for another round of Iranian sanctions on the Hill; it positioned the GOP politically as the party more worried about Israeli security, and, despite the White House’s best efforts, made the president appear petty and churlish.

Obama, in an interview with Reuters, had dismissed the speech as a “distraction,” and aides made sure everyone knew he would be too busy to watch it. But if the president didn’t cast an eye at a TV, he might have been the only person in Washington not to. And that’s the problem.

For weeks, the White House has worked steadily to write the speech off as a thinly veiled Republican ploy to undermine the delicate negotiations with Iran. But network coverage treated it for what it was: the head of state of a critical ally delivering a controversial address on American soil. That served the interests of both House Speaker John Boehner, who was the impetus behind the speech, and Netanyahu, elevating both of them while key Democrats such as Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren stayed offstage.

 Netanyahu was hailed in the House chamber like a conquering hero. The moment felt, well, presidential. He smartly rose to the occasion by taking time to thank Obama’s various and sometimes under-publicized efforts on Israel’s behalf. “I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support,” he said.

Then, to little surprise, he quickly reminded Congress and the public at large of Iranian threats to annihilate Israel and kill its citizens. But beyond that, he painted a picture of a global, existential struggle against religious extremism using the kind of loaded language that Obama won’t touch. He said Iran is a regime “hijacked by religious zealots” who are on an ideological mission to wage “jihad.”

Netanyahu suggested that “Western diplomats”—such as Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who is driving the talks—are naive and are being charmed and duped by feints toward a nuclear agreement. The Iranian regime will always be “an enemy” of America. “Don’t be fooled,” he said. He said Iran is no different than ISIS, even though Iranian forces are fighting now to free the Iraqi city of Tikrit. “The enemy of your enemy is your enemy,” he said.

In that context, Netanyahu argued that any deal struck by Obama and Kerry would fail to significantly slow Iran’s nuclear program and instead would “guarantee” that Tehran would obtain nuclear weapons. He profoundly disagreed with administration assessments on how soon Iran could build a bomb if it chose to break the compact with the United States and its allies. He was dismissive of Obama’s belief that it isn’t realistic to expect Iran to completely dismantle its program.

The potential deal, Netanyahu said, “does not block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

He called on the West to keep sanctions in place until Iran shifts in tone and behavior. “If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country,” he said. “This is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.” That prompted an ovation.

In short, Netanyahu accomplished everything Republicans wanted and the White House feared. Polls show that the American public is skeptical of Iran’s motives in striking a deal, and the Israeli prime minister stoked those suspicions. Obama has taken a large—and likely a legacy-defining—risk in advocating for the talks. And Netanyahu reminded the world of just how large a risk it is.

The president’s challenge in that regard just got tougher. And it doesn’t help that he didn’t bother to engage with Netanyahu at all. In the interview with Reuters, Obama clung to the notion that he didn’t want to affect the outcome of Israeli elections in two weeks, even as he suggested that Netanyahu’s judgment with regard to Iran couldn’t be trusted.

Yes, the speech to Congress was, at heart, a propaganda piece, one carefully orchestrated by Obama’s adversaries. But that didn’t make it any less effective. And it was one whose aftereffects this White House could be feeling for a long time.

THE WIMPINESS OF MODERN MINISTERS

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THE WIMPINESS OF MODERN MINISTERS

By Mario Murillo

Dear Ministers of America,

Two forces have collided within me to cause this blog.  The first is the true lions of God that I have studied in the last two weeks: David Wilkerson, Kenneth Hagin, Steve Hill, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, and Billy Graham.   The second is the unbearable line that Obama has now crossed

I want to make it clear that this is not directed at the many faithful men and women who preach a true Gospel and work hard to hold congregations together in the face of government and cultural persecution.  You are my heroes and I stand with you in the battle!

We have watched Obama run guns to Mexican drug cartels, expose Seal Team 6, refuse to save Americans in Benghazi and then cover it up, block the military from getting their votes counted, use the NSA to monitor our phone calls, emails and everything else, release drones into our own country without the benefit of the law, give 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese, arm the Muslim Brotherhood, use the IRS to target conservatives and Christians, allow the Department Of Justice to spy on the press, authorize Sebelius to shake down health insurance executives, give SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it, release10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester,  threatened to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress, repeatedly violate the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February,  had a 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama.

firsrt amendment copyAnd finally at the prayer breakfast he said these words, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

Jim Gilmore former governor of Virginia said “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime; He has offended every believing Christian in the United States.”

Then 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded and he cannot bring himself to call them Christians but He immediately calls the 3 students who were murdered in North Carolina Muslims.

As America and the world faces the greatest threat since Nazism, Obama refuses to name it the threat for what it is… Islamic Terror, and he has no plan to protect us from it.   More to the point, Obama will not act to save Christians who are being murdered every day. He sanitizes Islam and attacks Christians is a way that is now pathologically delusional.

There is no longer any doubt what American preachers must do about Obama. Many will refuse to do what needs to be done and I am going to suggest, very strongly that they are wimps.

However, if it is any consolation, I am not going to use the names that Jesus did in the Bible for preachers who abandon their duties:  Blind guides (Matt. 23:16) Fools (Matt. 23:17). Whited sepulchers…full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness (Matt. 23:27) Serpents (Matt. 23:33). Vipers (Matt. 23:33). Hypocrites! (Luke 11:44).  and  Hidden graves (Luke 11:44)…

I am just going to call you a wimp.

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What we must do is get in our pulpits and rebuke Obama for his insulting remarks and acts toward Christians.  He must be repudiated by consensus for his Christophobic, and Anti-Semitic actions.  We must tell our people to openly oppose the Godless America he is building.

The church must rise up as one voice and declare that enough is enough and that we will not tolerate Obama’s persecution of the church in America or anywhere in the world.

According to statistics there are 500,000 preachers in America.  Imagine if half a million voices stand together to rebuke and oppose this wannabe tyrant and his anti-Church and anti-American agenda?

There is no doubt we should do it.  There is no version of what is happening today that justifies silence.   But will we do it or continue to endanger our sheep by being wimps?  What do you say?

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Mike Huckabee ends talk show, weighs presidential run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks. | AP Photo
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Mike Huckabee ends talk show, weighs presidential run

1/3/15 7:42 PM EST

Updated 1/3/15 8:39 PM EST

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Saturday night that he would be ending his Fox News talk show to gauge support for a possible presidential campaign.

“There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President,” Huckabee told his followers on Facebook. “I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them.”

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“I feel compelled to ascertain if the support exists strongly enough for another Presidential run. So as we say in television, stay tuned!” he added.

Huckabee, who ran for the Republican nomination in 2008 and hosted his show for more than six and a half years, had drawn renewed attention by criticizing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton last month after she said “smart power” also means empathizing and showing respect for enemies.

“How can we empathize with terrorists who think nothing of beheading innocent men, women and children?” Huckabee asked in a blog post on his website last month.

The 2016 race is already well underway online.

Even before Huckabee had made his announcement, Rand Paul’s PAC was firing away on the digital front. Just as the Kentucky Republican’s political arm had done when Jeb Bush signaled last month he was weighing a White House campaign, Paul’s team bought prime real estate for any Google searches using the terms “Huckabee record”, “Huckabee announcement”, “Huckabee taxes” and “Huckabee common core.”

“Less Taxes Not More,” read one ad for RandPAC. “We need leaders who will cut taxes not raise them. Join us.”

RandPAC also targeted users tweeting about Huckabee or his announcement with ads.

Huckabee’s leadership PAC, Huck PAC, took in $2.2 million in the 2014 cycle, spending approximately $2 million, with about $500,000 on hand. Huckabee’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee, also runs a super PAC called American Principles Fund. In the 2014 cycle, it raised $1.4 million, spent $1.3 million and had $60,000 on hand.

Huckabee came in a distant second to John McCain in the 2008 Republican primaries. The former pastor turned Arkansas governor started strong, winning the Iowa GOP caucus by 9 percentage points over Mitt Romney.

Three-in-five Iowa caucusgoers in 2008 were evangelical or born-again Christians, but, a week later in New Hampshire, fewer than 25 percent of GOP primary voters were evangelicals. Huckabee finished third in the Granite State, with only 11 percent of the vote.

He then captured his home state of Arkansas, along with Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. Despite these victories, McCain secured the necessary number of delegates by early March with a clean sweep of contests in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.

Even though Huckabee faded quickly in 2008, his win in the Iowa caucuses left a big mark on the electorate that votes in that contest, which is a more conservative and more evangelical group than even other segments of the GOP primary electorate elsewhere.

But his slow strip toward ultimately saying he wouldn’t run in 2012 has left many skeptical of his intentions for 2016. The former Arkansas governor appears to have profited financially from being in the national spotlight — raking in money from paid speeches, for instance, and making expansive use of chartered planes — and many believe he’s unlikely to leave aside a life of relative comfort for a long-shot campaign.

Sources say Huckabee still has paid speeches scheduled in the coming weeks. Huckabee also has a book coming out later this month, titled “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” and speculation about a presidential run could add to the hype as he promotes the book.

Any number of politicians have been paid contributors to Fox News, but the cable channel’s policy requires it to sever those ties if that person takes certain steps toward running for office. At times, it has ended the agreements even before the would-be candidate makes a final decision on whether to run.

Huckabee wrote on his Facebook page earlier that the announcement Saturday night would “make news for sure.”

It’s not the first time he has made an important decision public on his show, which debuted in September 2008. In May 2011, Huckabee teased a similar announcement ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” he told viewers.