Senator Whitehouse — Our (One) Congressional Mensch

Yes, you can be judged by the company you keep. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will join more than two dozen members of the democratic congressional delegation in not attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today.

Unfortunately the other three members of the Rhode Island delegation — democrats all — have decided to go. Senator Jack Reed is probably the biggest disappointment telling the Providence Journal,

. . . he is interested in what the prime minster is going to say: “I think it’s already been made an unnecessarily complicated political issue but there is still this need to learn as much as we can about the situation.”

Problem is, Netanyahu is a proven liar on exactly this topic, so what could Reed possibly learn?  The Guardian recently reported on Netanyahu’s 2012 speech to the U.N.

Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service, according to a top-secret Mossad document. . . .

Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.

Netanyahu has zero credibility on Iran’s nuclear capabilities — Reed, Cicilline, and Langevin should be spending their time with sources who do.

(Senator Whitehouse seen here on The Colbert Report with his book On Virtues.)

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