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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 05/19/2011

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Since “State’s Arabist geographers have taken over the Foggy Bottom asylum,” should we expect that this mentality is now de rigueur? “Today’s Media Note announces Mr. Steinberg’s visit to ‘Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank. . .’ ” Frightful, isn’t it, that the State Department doesn’t accept that “Jerusalem is in Israel —Biblically, historically, and, yes, even geographically”?

Since he’s going there anyway, maybe the president could halt the prosecution of CIA operatives who used enhanced interrogation techniques? “White House says Obama to visit CIA headquarters to thank spies for work catching bin Laden.” How better to thank them?

Since President Obama is giving a big speech, why not follow the lead of the House Foreign Affairs chair? “The claim by Abu Mazen and other Palestinian leaders that they have met the test for statehood is a sham. The Palestinian leadership refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. The Palestinian Authority also has forged a partnership with Hamas, an organization designated by the U.S. as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and which calls for the destruction of Israel in its charter. . . . I hope that in his speech tomorrow, President Obama will . . . make it clear that the U.S. will cut off funding to the Hamas-aligned Palestinian Authority, veto Palestinian attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the UN Security Council, and do everything possible to block such action by the UN General Assembly.” Well, probably too much to hope for.

Since this sounds just like Newt Gingrich’s gibberish, is it fair to blame the communications guy? “ ‘The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding. Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.’ ”

Since Gingrich’s presidential campaign has gone up in flames, why not a new career? “So Newt Gingrich isn’t a presidential candidate after all; it turns out he’s really a modern-day Prince Valiant, emerging from billowing smoke and the dust of tweets and trivia wielding his Singing Sword, ready to lead the intrepid masses against cowardly Georgetown cocktail partiers. It has the makings of an epic, world-historic, never-before-seen clash.”

Since there is no “peace process,” why not focus on getting rid of Bashar al-Assad? Elliott Abrams suggests, “This is the time not for diplomatic engagement with Assad, but for diplomacy aimed at quarantining his regime and helping bring it down. The White House should dismiss any remaining dreams of a ‘peace process’ with Syria to substitute for the Palestinian version and face facts: There will be no peace with the butcher who rules Syria today.”

Since there seems to be a big dispute about facts, why not have those hearings on enhanced interrogation techniques? Read the whole devastating piece by Andy McCarthy.

Since Obama is now sanctioning Assad, why not come up with effective sanctions against the regime, as we have done with Iran? “In the wake of the violent crackdown by the government of Syria against demonstrators in its streets and one day before he delivers what the White House is billing as a major address about the Middle East, President Obama today signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other senior officials of the government of Syria.” The Obama doctrine must be: Never use a full measure when an ineffective half-measure is available.

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