Playing Their Cards

by Patrick Appel

Josh Marshall previews Obama's meeting today with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu:

...both men have strong domestic imperatives to limit any appearance of disagreement. But each also wants to follow a policy that is completely in conflict with the one the other wants to pursue. My hunch (and my hope -- and hopefully I'm not confusing the two) here is that Obama has many more cards than Netanyahu but that Netanyahu doesn't fully grasp that and that over time he'll overplay his hand and find himself out of office like he did a decade ago. But at some point, and probably soon (remember, he's got the speech in Cairo early next month) Obama will start having to put his own cards on the table and putting clear limits on what he'll accept.