The political air in Washington has moved from the ridiculous to the sublime.
CNN reports that the White House is evaluating ways to pull the rug out from under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending visit at the invitation of Congress. Part of the Obama staff’s strategy is to “blunt his (Netanyahu’s) message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world.
“There are limits,” CNN further reports. “Administration officials have discarded the idea of President Obama himself giving an Iran-related address to rebut the two speeches Netanyahu is to deliver during his early March visit. But other options remain on the table.”
Among them: a presidential interview with a “prominent” journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, as well as multiple Sunday TV-show appearances by senior national security aides, and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which plans to conduct its annual meeting while Netanyahu is in Washington, according to the officials.
The administration already has ruled out meetings between Netanyahu and Obama, saying it would be inappropriate for the two to meet so close to Israel’s March 17 elections. (What the heck does that have to do with the price of matzoh-ball soup and potato latkes in Jerusalem?)
“But,” CNN reports, “the White House is now doubling down on a cold-shoulder strategy, including dispatching Cabinet members out of the country and sending a lower-ranking official than normal to represent the administration at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the officials said.”
Oh, for Pete’s sake, can’t we grow up already? Is our president — the leader of the most powerful free nation in the world — that small and immature of a man that he has his highly paid staff focusing on a “cold-shoulder strategy” to diss one of the world’s most respected — and feared, and loved — leaders?
No wonder Washington is a giant petri dish of ridicule, impotence and inadequacy.