pouncer saidI would have to ask Americans, what's newsworthy exactly? It's practically an annual ritual at this point that you host the maniac in Washington whenever Boehner or the Republicans fear a war might be being averted, or worry (needlessly, in most cases) that Obama might yet commit to a principled or even progressive approach to foreign policy.
A normally mild-mannered friend in the US recently sent me this, vis-a-vis Netanyahu's speech. It surely represents a spreading sentiment:
"I'm not a patriot at all, I'm a person of the left. But even as a person of the left that has no great investment in notions of nationalism or national loyalties, even I can't help but just feel outraged that this head of state [sic] intends to barge into our country to give his lecture on Iran?? Is there anyone here who thinks Netanyahu knows something about Iran that President Obama and his advisers don't know? Do we really need somebody to hold up one of his Daffy Duck, Looney Tune cartoons, of Iran? What is going on? What is going on?? This country has gotten out of control. And I do not say that happily, and I do not say that as if it's a permanent fact. There are many countries in the modern world who took complete leave of their senses for (thank goodness) temporary periods, and managed thereafter to restore their sanity. So I retain/preserve a hope that Israel will one day regain control over its senses. However having said that, we shouldn't kid ourselves about the fact that it's gone completely berserk."
As a "person of the left" I can say that I do have national, and local, loyalties, but I also have a devotion to living peacefully. I agree that the military-industrial complex has huge investments in congress especially in the GOP, and this is the key driver in the political gamesmanship playing out this week. I also agree that Netanyahu did pull a "Colin Powel" in a speech, all illustrated with cartoons, regarding the impending doom that Iran represents, only to have this debunked in documents leaked from Israel's own intelligence agency. I believe we are a long way away from a nuclear-armed Iran, and still in a position where diplomacy is the better part of valor.
That said, it's possible that Obama and Netanyahu are actually working a "good cop, bad cop" ploy. Seeing friction between DC and Tel Aviv seems to be making Iran a bit more agreeable. We'll never know what is really going on.