In a statement sent out on Jan. 26, Cong. Lynn Westmoreland said U.S. President Barack Obama needs a lesson on U.S. foreign policy. Because, you know, one congressman knows more about U.S. foreign policy than the guy setting U.S. foreign policy.
The invitation for Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address congress is what triggered Westmoreland’s comments. You can read the entirety of the statement below the fold.
Being “out of touch” appears to be Westmoreland’s critique against Obama for 2015. Twenty-five percent of his statements for the new year slam the POTUS for being “out of touch.”
During President Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech he stated “new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails.” This is just another example of how America’s international presence has diminished under the Obama administration and how out of touch he is with our foreign policy. The president claims that negotiations with Iran are “going well” and we should give it more time to develop rather than slapping on economic sanctions. However, Republicans are not going to sit idly by and watch the president make a bad deal with Iran. In giving Iran more time and by not monitoring and sanctioning their country, we give them opportunities to continue developing their nuclear program – a huge threat to American’s national security. I believe that Congress must pass an Iran Sanctions bill.
Following the State of the Union, House Speaker John Boehner took it upon himself to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint session of Congress in the coming months. Although the White House may disagree, I value Netanyahu’s perspective on the threats that Iran poses to not only to the Middle East, but to the entire world. Netanyahu has warned of Iran’s security threat in the Middle East for years and has been a strong supporter of the economic sanctions placed on Iran by Congress.
As a member of the House of Representatives, I will continue to support strengthening sanctions and doing anything necessary to prevent a nuclear Iran. Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and we must continue to stand with them and strengthen the alliance between our two nations.