If today's world resembles Europe on the eve of invasion, carnage, and the Holocaust, then Netanyahu's warnings are prudent and wise. But what if the analogy is wrong?
At face value, this speech makes no sense. But there may be a deeper logic to the Israeli prime minister's determination to speak to Congress.
"The most frustrating part of watching this debate unfold is how many people don't seem to get the elementary fact that stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is impossible. What is possible is discouraging them from wanting to get them or wanting to use them."
A word that has replaced thought
"There is not a single column you write that I agree with," and other views from the readership.
Questions of "divided loyalty" have been among the nastiest in discussions of foreign policy. A reader says we're asking the wrong questions about the Netanyahu imbroglio.
Why should they willingly serve as GOP-Likud campaign props?
The prime minister doubles down, making a bad initial calculation worse.
A nation can't possibly come up with rules to outlaw every form of misbehavior. It relies on norms to guide behavior—which is why some current violations of those norms deserve attention.
The Israeli prime minister argues that the world of 2015 is fundamentally similar to that of 1938. Americans can give him a hearing, and then pursue a more reasonable policy based on less far-fetched comparisons.
Please read Jeffrey Goldberg's new analysis of the split between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama. Then please read a decade-old article about what a "preemptive" strike against Iran would really entail.
The substance and the politics of several ensnarled issues.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "We cannot let Israel determine when and where the United States goes to war."
If the nuclear deal is going to fail, let that happen at the negotiating table—and not be engineered under the Capitol dome.
No historical match-up is neat or perfect, but this one is usefully close.
An analysis that answers the easiest questions and avoids the hard ones.
Let's see how this story looks a year from now.
Assessing the past 10 years of war
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, what will we let ourselves learn?
Maybe 'threat inflation' is even more widespread than we thought.