Former Majority Leader Eric Cantor remains engages in domestic and foreign policies and wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s USA Today on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (see Eric Cantor: Listen to Netanyahu on Iran nuke dangers):
This week a joint session of Congress will hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The temptation for many will be to focus on the political controversy surrounding his invitation and the administration’s displeasure with his visit. We should focus instead on the substantive concerns the prime minister is expected to share about the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East and the increasing threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Having just returned from visiting several Arab states in the Middle East, I can report that we are at a crossroads and the course the United States takes over the next month with respect to nuclear negotiations with Iran may significantly influence what happens in that region over the next decade.
First a little background. It is no secret that Iran seeks to become the hegemonic power in the region. And its rulers have made considerable progress towards this goal. Iran’s Ayatollahs exercise influence in Lebanon through their proxy Hezbollah (a group designated a terrorist group by the U.S.). In Syria, Bashar al-Assad (who used chemical weapons on his own people) has held off the moderate opposition in the four year-old civil war thanks to the financial, political and military support of Iran. Iran’s leaders highlight the closeness of their relationship with Assad and Hezbollah by noting that in practice, Iran’s borders stretch to the shores of the Mediterranean — to the very border of Israel.
Read the rest here.