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Netanyahu’s Stunt and the Iran Hawks

Quin Hillyer is excited about Netanyahu’s stunt tomorrow:

The leader of the free world will be addressing Congress on Tuesday. The American president is doing everything possible to undermine him.

It might seem odd that American hawks would be so enamored of a foreign head of government, but so long as that leader is a hawk and shares the same inflated views of foreign threats that they do it no longer matters that he is advocating on behalf of the interests of another state. Besides, when they have made such a habit of conflating the interests of our country and his, it probably never even occurs to them that they are cheering on a foreign leader at the expense of the interests of their own country. I’m sure Iran hawks believe Netanyahu speaks for them, since he is going to repeat their exaggerated, false warnings about a non-existent “existential threat” verbatim.

Like Netanyahu, our Iran hawks have generally wanted these negotiations to fail, and they have become increasingly worried that they won’t. Like him, they are desperate to derail diplomacy. That would wreck the best chance of resolving the nuclear issue and make another conflict more likely, but it wouldn’t involve making a deal. Any deal that could possibly be struck will necessarily involve a compromise that Iran hawks can’t stomach because it doesn’t include the total capitulation of the other side. Netanyahu is indeed the tribune of such hard-line, reckless, and ideological people. They are welcome to him.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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