Netanyahu and the terrible, horrible, no good Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about Iran during a joint meeting of the US Congress in the House chamber at the US Capitol on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks about Iran during a joint meeting of the US Congress in the House chamber at the US Capitol on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

During his speech before Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu used a number of grand, rhetorical sound bites. It was all part of a concentrated effort to convince a foreign legal body to disregard their own president’s policies in favor of his own. And judging by the standing applause, these ten lines may have been the most convincing – and baffling.

1. It was “never my intention” for speech to become political.

As anyone with even a cursory knowledge of American politics knows, anything and everything is political once it comes before Congress. A New York soda ban last year made buying Coca-Cola a radical statement. Even Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” became a way for Republicans to show their bonafides. But sure, Netanyahu thought everyone would be cool with him circumventing the leader of the United States.

2. “Iran is busy gobbling up nations.”

“Gobbling” is defined as “eating (something) hurriedly and noisily,” making it a curious choice of words. Given that Netanyahu is trying to reinforce the image of Iran as a source of ancient evil in the region, it seems odd he would choose language more evocative of a McDonald’s cheeseburger than a mortal threat to global security.

 

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