Hmm… the phrase, “With friends like these…” comes to mind.
JERUSALEM — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, plans to dispatch 300 of its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a broad campaign to press Congress to back President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, the group said Monday.
The push by the group, known as Aipac, which included asking its supporters to call members of Congress, came as Israeli newspapers reported Monday that President Obama urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get personally involved in lobbying Congress. The reports said that Mr. Netanyahu had called several members himself.
But while those reports could not be confirmed, the intense push by Aipac and other Jewish and pro-Israel groups put Israel in a bind, after a week of trying to stay on the sidelines of the debate. Mr. Netanyahu’s government strongly supports an American strike to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for his apparent use of chemical weapons, and as a warning to his Iranian patrons. But Israelis are deeply worried about being blamed by a wary American public for another military gambit in the Middle East, or of losing their broad bipartisan support if they land on the wrong side of the vote.
So the Israeli government would like the United States to go to war against their enemies on their behalf. And the President called on the Israeli Prime Minister to get personally involved in trying to convince Congress.
No. Just no. Today’s a good day to call your Representative and Senator and let them know that you are against military action in Syria. That we don’t need to get involved in another war in the Middle East. And certainly not for the weak reasons that the administration has been giving us.
To put it more simply, here’s something I’ve seen floating around social media that sums it up nicely:
I can’t fathom how the Israelis will think that talking the Representatives of the American people into an unpopular war will not damage America’s long term support for their nation. It seems foolishly short-sighted. Americans do not want this war. Getting pushed into by Israel will only make them even less likely to want to take future military action in that region.