How about an expanded bio for Robert Kagan’s opinion piece, “Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress”, at the Washington Post:
“Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He writes a monthly foreign affairs column for The Post.”
Let’s add he is the spouse of Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasisan Affairs at the US State Department.
Here’s the most laughable part in his 5-point, shallowly disguised State Department talking points:
“U.S. congressional leaders probably should have given this invitation more thought. Although not a violation of the letter of the Constitution, it certainly seems to violate the idea that the nation speaks with one voice on foreign policy and that foreign leaders cannot choose whether they prefer to deal with Congress or the president.”
Would that the President could speak with one voice, we might have a coherent foreign policy, instead of this meandering, sloppily edited narrative coming from the White House. While the President fixates on parsing Islamist terrorism and turning the Taliban into something other than a terrorist entity, to mask the Bergdahl/Gitmo detainee swap as something other than a disastrous decision, Netanyahu can be counted on to give an inspiring, carefully researched, accurate, and riveting speech. And he doesn’t even need to rely on a teleprompter. That’s why the White House is trying to dissuade Netanyahu from speaking to Congress. He will succeed at swaying American public opinion and that is a threat to the Obama administration that mobilizes them, as no Islamist terrorism ever will.
Thanks Robert Kagan/Nuland, but a dose of honesty about your connections to the Obama administration rather than your Brookings Institution bio would have served readers better.