Mendendez’s moment

If New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is guilty of the corruption charges that he will apparently be faced with shortly, it would represent a disgrace to his office and a loss to those of us who oppose the catastrophic foreign policy of President Obama. I cannot help but hope that the charges are false or wonder why they have been leaked today, before they have been handed up.

As the former chairman and now ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, among other things, Menendez has proved himself a true friend of Israel. On Monday, Senator Menendez gave an excellent speech at AIPAC’s 2015 policy conference in Washington. Susan Rice spoke at the conference immediately before him, advocating the very bad deal with Iran that the administration intends to deliver as a fait accompli. Senator Menendez not only spoke up against the deal, he has been working assiduously on legislation to give Congress the right of approval over it, precluding the accompli aspect of the fait.

Responding directly to Rice, Menendez asserted right up front: “When it comes to defending the US-Israel relationship, I am not intimidated by anyone—not Israel’s political enemies, and not by my political friends when I believe they’re wrong.” Senator Menendez’s speech takes on special interest with news of his pending indictment. This, in any event, is how a true friend talks. The video of his speech Monday is below.

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