Benjamin Netanyahu's AIPAC-controlled U.S. minions lost their battle to destroy President Obama's nuclear accord with Iran and the P1-5 world powers.
A final, crucial vote was announced when Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) became the 34th Democratic Senator to support the carefully constructed firewall needed to sustain a Barack Obama veto.
One day later, Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) padded Obama's veto-proof party vote with his support of the accord. With Mikulski and Booker on board, Obama now has 35 Senators who will vote to defeat a Republican-backed resolution of disapproval.
In a statement, which echoes other statements made with nervous glances toward AIPAC, Booker said, "Backing away from the nuclear pact at this point would leave the United States and its allies with few options to restrain Iran's ambitions."
One by one, as the days dwindled down to a precious view before a final vote in mid-September, Democratic Senators are stepping forward to endorse Obama's decision to choose diplomacy over military action.
The White House worked with Senate and House Democratic leaders to orchestrate this drip by drip destruction of Netanyahu's plan to control U.S. foreign policy.
The New York Times described a meeting between undecided Democratic Senators and senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. The meeting occurred before the Senate left for its August break.
The diplomats delivered a blunt message to the wavering Senators. The nuclear agreement with Iran was the best the Senate could expect. Furthermore, the five world powers had no intention of returning to the negotiating table.
So much for the AIPAC demand for a "better deal." The diplomats unanimously agreed in their meeting with the Senators, "this is as good a deal as you could get and we are moving ahead with it."
Somewhere, President George Washington smiles in appreciation. In his final address in 1796, Washington uttered these presient words:
"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."
"Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification."
These are words for reflection by both Democrats and Republicans when the Congressional vote to reject the agreement reaches both chambers before September 17.
In the same week that Prime Minister Netanyahu lost his battle with Obama, Israel received a second serious blow to its already sagging world image. A video of an Israel soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old Palestinian boy with a cast on his arm during a protest, went viral.
The boy resisted. His family rushed to free him from the soldier's grip. One teenage girl pounded on the soldier. The soldier was rescued by another soldier who dragged him away.