Military.com Quotes Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.) on Netanyahu’s Pending Visit to Congress
Analysts: Israel PM’s Visit Complicates Risk to Troops and ISIS Fight
By Bryant Jordan
February 20, 2015 | Military.com
House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress puts the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks in jeopardy, but also complicates the Arab coalition formed to defeat ISIS and complicates the risk to U.S troops stationed abroad, according to military and foreign policy analysts.
Netanyahu is slated to speak to a joint session of Congress on March 3. His appearance was orchestrated by Boehner through Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Though Democrat lawmakers have widely criticized the move, most are expected to attend the speech.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, now a senior advisor with National Security Network, a Washington, DC-based foreign policy think tank, said the Netanyahu invitation feeds into the hard-line views on all sides.
“So many people want to see a military solution to every problem we’ve got in foreign policy,” Eaton said in a Feb. 11 interview. “What we are seeing [with the Netanyahu invitation] is an effort to frustrate the diplomatic process right now to solve our problems with a use of military power against the Iranians.”
Eaton said scuttling diplomacy is “not in the interest of the United States and not in the interest of the armed forces of the United States.”