Benjamin Netanyahu gave his controversial speech to Congress today and it was as banal as expected. Iran is evil, Iran must not get nuclear weapons, Iran plans on destroying Israel, Iran supports terrorism, Iran plans on taking over the Middle East. He presented nothing that hasn’t been heard by every single Congresscritter and every single individual on earth that pays attention to events in Israel haven’t heard a million times. In other words, the speech was useless propaganda with Congress playing patsy to a foreign leader.
What gets me is how much of what Netanyahu says seems to contradict each other. Take for instance the contradicting beliefs that Iran both plans on being a major power in the Middle East and that it is a suicidal power that only wants a nuclear weapon to use it against Israel. The former is almost certainly true. Iran uses proxies in many of the Middle Eastern countries to exert some sort of control over those countries in the underwear gnomes hope that they will somehow profit. The latter is absolutely ridiculous. Any use of a nuclear weapon by Iran or by a proxy of Iran will immediately result in Iran becoming a desert of glass. Iran knows this. Israel knows this. The U.S. knows this. End of story.
So Iran is both suicidally against the existence of Israel and wants to project soft power all across the Middle East. Netanyahu needs Iran to be this geopolitical equivalent to Schrödinger’s cat in order to play to his base who would re-elect him at home and to play to his base who will lend him political cover here in the U.S. And our right-wingers are more than eager to lap up this drivel like it was the richest of cream.
I don’t know enough about the U.S. negotiations with Iran to say whether the deal is good or not, but all the arguments I hear against it are disingenuous at best and flat-out lies at worst. At it’s heart, once again, is that Obama hates America and is a secret Muslim. And the Otherness campaign against Obama runs apace.