The Prime Minister of Israel spoke to a joint session of the US Congress. Referencing the Cuban missile crisis, Netanyahu explained that we averted disaster by deterrence. He went on to say "Now we see the rise of a similar threat. Similar and in many ways more dangerous. Against which deterrence by itself may not be sufficient. Deterrence must now be reinforced by prevention. Immediate and effective prevention." I guess he was advocating a military response to the nuclear threat. Just like he did before the Iraq invasion of 2003. However, he spoke these words in a speech to the joint session of Congress in 1996. 1996.
Netanyahu: Decades of Fear
Netanyahu was fear mongering in 1996 just as he was fear mongering a couple days ago. I don't know what his ultimate goal is but he has continued to make over-blown claims about the nuclear threat for more than two decades. "They," whether it's Iran or Saddam's Iraq seem always to be on the brink of having the atomic bomb.
In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, he stated unequivocally, "There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking, is working, is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons." Netanyahu reported to the US Congress in 2002, that once Saddam had nuclear weapons, the terror network would have them.
He acted as a cheerleader in support of W's invasion of Iraq saying, "If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region. And I think that people sitting right next door in Iran, young people, and many others, will say the time of such regimes, of such despots is gone," (emphasis mine) We all know how that went. So much for his prognosticating prowess.
In 1992 Netanyahu predicted that Iran would have nuclear capability in 3 – 5 years, 3 years later he made the identical prediction. He makes his dire predictions, all the while his own security officers in Mossad tell him a very different story.
Netanyahu tells our congress that the United States is the greatest of all democracies. Our politicians lap it up, feeling smug and powerful. Mesmerizing or more likely, encouraging self-hypnosis in the listeners, so no one notices that our own democracy is actually suffocating under the weight of corporate cash and the surveillance and police states. Thunderous applause punctuate his patronizing words. Our Congressional leaders rise to their feet numerous times, moved by his words while fantasizing about having such a strong and decisive leader. Not at all like the mom-jeans wearing (not to mention, black!) leader that we have. Then he will bring up the holocaust, stating emphatically, "never again, never again!"
Netanyahu is like a sleazy suitor buttering up a date while leading them down a primrose path. Oh, he's a clever one, alright. Perhaps he can orchestrate Congress to try to impose further sanctions, derailing the ongoing negotiations. Maybe he can even get our military involved to do his dirty work by bombing various "suspect" targets in Iran. Better to have chaos with different factions fighting each other, with the added benefit of distracting us all from the land grab and atrocities committed against the Palestinians. Oh yes, he's a clever one. Clever enough to start a war and inspire the Iranians to actually work towards fulfilling his nightmare prophesy of a nuclear Iran.