What’s gone wrong with the government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous.
Benjamin Netanyahu visited the U.S. to warn Congress about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. He spoke without the invitation of an irritated President Obama, who claimed he did not even watch the address on television.
Obama declined even to meet with the Israeli prime minister, announcing that it would have been improper for him to have such a meeting so close to Netanyahu’s re-election bid.
But if Obama was so concerned about not influencing the Israeli elections, why, according to some accounts, is a Senate panel launching an investigation into whether Obama’s State Department gave grant money to a nonprofit organization that sought to unseat Netanyahu with the help of former Obama campaign operatives?
Then, 47 Republican senators signed an unusual letter to the Iranian theocracy, reminding it that any agreement on Iran’s nuclear program negotiated with the Obama administration would have to first clear Congress.
Obama shot back that the senators’ letter was undue interference that aided the Iranians. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed that the senators were either empowering Iranian hard-liners or sabotaging the diplomatic efforts of their own president. Secretary of State John Kerry concurred.
Still, the Senate may pass new sanctions against Iran if it feels that Obama has been too lax in its negotiations or usurped senatorial treaty oversight.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., bucked Obama and expressed doubt about administration concessions to the Iranians. Other Democrats could join him. But almost immediately after weighing in on Iran, Menendez found himself the target of a federal investigation into purported corruption.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is bogged down in another trademark Clinton scandal. Clinton never used a standard government email account while secretary. And rather than submit her actual emails to the State Department back in December, Clinton submitted 55,000 printed pages of emails — making it harder for those emails to be searched.
Apparently, Clinton also wished to decide which of her private-server communications to release to the government, but only when congressional investigators and watchdog groups demanded them after her tenure ended.
Clinton’s implausible press conference last week only made things worse. She proved unable to explain her unusual behavior and seemed ignorant about how government email works and is secured.
Abroad, Syria, Iran and the Islamic State are battling for what’s left of the Syrian-Iraqi borderlands after the we abruptly pulled out all our peacekeepers from Iraq.
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