Is John Boehner a traitor? That’s the question being bandied about on the left in the wake of the announcement that Israeli PM Netanyahu would be addressing a joint session of Congress during his upcoming visit to the US. He is going to ask Congress to pass tougher sanctions on Iran.
Let’s step back from the language of treason for a moment and take a look at what amounts to a political stunt.
I’ll leave it to others to debate the myriad of legalities in play, and there are plenty.
Let’s take a look at why this is a political stunt and little more.
Boehner has very limited power over foreign policy. Boehner’s in the House, so his power is pretty much limited to appropriations and declarations of war. Treaty’s? Those are the executive branch and the Senate. He can try to pass sanctions on Iran, but they’ll be vetoes, so it all amounts to a meaningless gesture.
In the meantime, the Obama Administration is trying to negotiate a deal to bring Iran’s nuclear program under control. A verifiable agreement would enhance U.S. and Israeli security by improving relations with Iran and reducing the threat of their nuclear program.
Increased sanctions would cause Iran to pull out of the talks. That’s why what Boehner is doing is so irresponsible. It puts the negotiations at risk. He is actively undermining the President of the United States in his efforts at conduct of foreign policy.
We can talk about treason or sedition or conflicts of interest all we want.But those are legal distinctions. But when it comes to undermining the President’s foreign policy, you don’t need a lawyer to tell you that Boehner’s actions are irresponsible at best.
Hopefully they won’t prove to be too dangerous.