Re: "Netanyahu invitation sets up showdown" (TNT, 1-22).
I am concerned that House Speaker John Boehner has invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address Congress without consulting the White House.
Clearly, Boehner expects Netanyahu to whip up fervor for increased sanctions on Iran, but should he invite any head of state of a foreign country to lobby our Congress? Are we Americans ready for more provocation in the Middle East?
Netanyahu, for his part, is in a tense election campaign and relishes the opportunity to court world publicity by addressing Congress, whether or not it is in the best interests of his country or ours.
I do see one good opportunity. Could Boehner suggest to his guest that Israel could well call Iran's bluff by offering to open to inspection all of Israel's nuclear arsenal, research and production facilities if Iran will do the same? This could be the safest and cheapest solution.