Listening to Netanyahu

By THE BOSTON HERALD-— The Obama administration should just shut up about
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled Tuesday speech to Congress. Israel’s very existence, not America’s, would be threatened by an Iranian nuclear bomb — and isn’t it high time he made that case directly to Congress. Netanyahu accepted an invitation to appear from House…

The squabble over Bibi’s speech

By JEFF JACOBY, BOSTON GLOBE— CHARLIE ROSE wasn’t sure he’d heard right. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, his guest on PBS, was lamenting that the controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forthcoming speech to Congress had “injected a degree of partisanship” into the traditionally bipartisan US-Israel relationship. That’s not only “unfortunate,” said Rice. “It’s…

Converting the Ayatollahs

By DAVID BROOKS, NY TIMES— Over the past centuries, Western diplomats have continually projected pragmatism onto their ideological opponents. They have often assumed that our enemies are driven by the same sort of national interest calculations that motivate most regimes. They have assumed that economic interests would trump ideology and religion — that prudent calculation…