So today we attended the House Foreign Relations Committee and what an experience. I have never really cared for this Committee, sorry. I always feel like it is populated with Democrats who are huge supporters of Israel -- to the point of being unable to call out the Israeli government when it is wrong. I always feel like, after leaving a hearing, that AIPAC probably throws fund raisers for the members on the Democratic side. (If that's legal. If it's not legal, I'm sure AIPAC wouldn't.)
Today did not disappoint.
I felt like Hillary was being repeatedly asked to swear fidelity and loyalty to Israel. Hillary Clinton was the one testifying before the Committee today.
Howard Berman used to be Chair, he is now Ranking Member. But he still thinks he can hog all the time in the world. His opening statement felt like it was twice the length of the Chair -- Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Maybe he thinks he's still Chair?
And, as always with Berman, no matter what the subject, you know any second it's going to be all about Israel. And it was.
And it went like that over and over and over and over. Ron Paul semi-noted that in his comments but I thought he could have made the point better.
And, to be clear, I'm not saying, "They forced her to say things she didn't mean!" She clearly meant them. Every word. And when she was justifying the support for the corrupt Egyptian regime, she was not only contradicting herself, she was embarrassing herself.
I like Hillary but that's reality. She embarrassed herself. Maybe in five minutes you can't get your point across? I don't know.
But what her answer appeared to say (and I believe this was one of the ones that the Chair called time on before the person speaking was through) was for peace with Israel (from Egypt) it was worth it. She started going back to Carter. And I just thought, "It was worth it for Israel to be safe? All the human rights abuses that the Egyptians suffered for the last decades were worth it?"
Again, time was called. She may have had a larger point. It was lost if she did.
If I'd been the one testifying -- never happen -- I would have stopped several Reps and asked, "Excuse me, you're district is in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?"
I just couldn't believe it.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"