Playing politics with the Middle East

My weekly column is up…here is the intro:

Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer and Charles Schumer boycotted a joint session of Congress yesterday when it convened to hear Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The duo’s gesture was an effort to make a political statement along with their House colleagues.

On July 25, nineteen House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert in which they decried July 19 comments made by Maliki regarding Israel. Maliki had come down on the wrong side of the fence when commenting on the current Middle East crisis, saying, “We call on the world to take quick stands to stop the Israeli aggression.”

Continue reading to understand why the Democrats acting on this issue are blatantly playing politics.

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