Since Saxby is kinda of a big deal on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he gets a chance to go on some really awesome trips. Like the one he’s currently on that includes a meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli PM, as well as trips to Oman and Azerbaijan. I have to admit, I’m a little jealous.
The cover for the trip is to discuss the Iran nuclear issue and presumably the various ways to respond. Though any substantive dialogue on how to actually improve relations is unlikely to happen. The current hawkish attitude is much more in vogue.
While I would much like to go into great detail on the pros and cons of everything to do with that issue, this is after all, a Georgia political blog. I think I may have already geeked out enough.
Here’s the full press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Chambliss Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Currently leading delegation through Middle East
WASHINGTON- On Monday, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, along with a delegation of his Senate colleagues, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran’s unrelenting nuclear ambitions. The senators are traveling to countries in the Middle East this week, including Israel, Oman, and Azerbaijan, in support of congressional intelligence oversight activities.
“Iran’s nuclear activities cannot be explained away as dual-use nuclear energy technology,” said Chambliss. “Their efforts have continued far too long with no repercussions. Our government must be firm with the Iranian regime, and clearly show its support for our biggest ally in the Middle East, Israel. I enjoyed our conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the importance of maintaining the strong security relationship between Israel and the United States.”
Also in the meeting were U.S. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Thad Cochran (R-MS).