We haven’t had a thread to discuss Secretary of State John Boehner’s Netanyahu invite, but it’s pretty clear to me that the real idiot in the room when this thing goes down will be Bibi. To start with, he’s not going to see Obama or Kerry. US officials are telling the Israeli press stuff like this:
“Senior American official” as quoted by Haaretz: “We thought we’ve seen everything. But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
What’s the win for Netanyahu here? Does Bibi think that Mitt Romney is going to be President (again)? Does he think that he’ll win a tight election by pissing off Israel’s prime benefactor? Maybe there’s some Israel-specific reason why this makes sense, but I sure don’t get it.
Boehner’s win here is obvious: he gets a few days of attention from the DC Press Corpse and some credit from the teaturd caucus for a symbolic fuck you to Obama. It just shows how weak he is that this wholly symbolic gesture counts as a “win”, but at least he’s getting something out of it. I don’t see what Bibi gets.