Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Speaker Boehner: "Israel is an island of freedom"


As CONGRESSMAN JOHN BOEHNER is giving his inaugural speech as the new Speaker of the House, I looked him up on AAI's analysis on the 112th Congress. Nothing surprising about his stances, but here's what AAI had to say:

Congressman Boehner was first elected to Congress in 1990. He quickly became a standout as one of the “Gang of Seven,” a group of freshmen Republicans who relentlessly pursued the ethical abuses then plaguing the House of Representatives, including the House banking and post office scandals. One of the authors of the Contract with America, Boehner’s rise in prominence continued when he was elected Conference Chair after the Republican House upset of 1994. He served in that role until a caucus shakeup in 1998, returning to the leadership in 2006 when he was elected Minority Leader.
Like current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Boehner cosponsored legislation that supported Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza as legitimate self-defense, supported a resolution which described the Goldstone report (documenting the atrocities committed during the operation) as biased and called for its dismissal, and voted to extend the PATRIOT Act without the reforms needed to better protect our civil rights and liberties. In addition, Boehner voted to support Israel’s attack on the humanitarian flotilla en route to Gaza as legitimate self-defense. He also supported a bill that sought to reduce assistance to and designate as “terrorist” governments and entities that are associated with satellite companies that made certain channels available.
Recently, Boehner described the Arab world as a sea of oppression and hate in which Israel is an island of freedom. He criticized President Obama for seemingly placing “equal blame on the Israelis and the Palestinians,” saying Israel has a right to defend itself and should not be placed “into the same playpen with terrorists.”
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
Israel is “an island of freedom surrounded by a sea of oppression and hate.”
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