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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/16/2012

Morning Bits

President Obama’s failed record. “Perhaps the president and his aides are declinists, who think of the United States as too weak to act; perhaps they are indifferent; perhaps they are merely incompetent. In any event, this president will leave his successor a country that is considerably less secure than it was when he took the oath of office.”

America appears to be in retreat. “The issue goes way beyond the Libya attack. . . . Provocations and frustration are a constant in the Middle East. They have been there for 1,000 years. But all of a sudden American interests, American embassies, American schools are aflame in the region. Why? The answer, we heard from General Keene, he is a strategist. The reason is, people have looked in the region, the friends of America and enemies of America and they see the United States, which has dominated the region since 1970, when Kissinger did the strategic shift, Egypt went from a pro-Soviet enemy to a pro-American ally. We have dominated the region. We are now in retreat. ”

Obama’s national security collapse. “United States embassies could see funding for security, maintenance and construction sliced by roughly $129 million if massive defense cuts are allowed to take effect at the end of the year. The report, released Friday by the executive Office of Management and Budget, also estimates that another $2 million would be cut from funding for the protection of embassy officials. The estimates come after a week when U.S. embassies across the Middle East faced ambush and threats of further violence, and when one ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was killed in Libya.”

Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to know that he has already been defeated, according to the liberal media. “It was the sort of moment that tests a presidential campaign. A rocky flight. Pouring rain. Gusty winds. A sodden crowd. But Mitt Romney managed to rally a couple of thousand people in this bellwether region of northeast Ohio on Friday, delivering a speech that focused heavily on the message that he is best equipped to rebuild the American economy.”

Obama can be beaten there. “For Mitt Romney, good news came Friday with word that President Barack Obama had added a stop to his travel schedule next week. For the first time this election season, Mr. Obama will campaign in Wisconsin, a confirmation that the traditionally Democratic state is now in play.”

The White House is really losing control of the narrative if it can’t keep the New York Times on board. “The broadening of the protests appeared to reflect a pent-up resentment of Western powers in general, and defied pleas for restraint from world leaders, including the new Islamist president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, whose country was the instigator of the demonstrations that erupted three days earlier on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” Impossible. Obama spokesman Jay Carney says that it is all about a movie.

Obama is always trailing events. . “With his vaunted 2009 speech in Cairo, Obama had hoped to ‘reset’ relations with the region . . . .The Obama administration was caught flat-footed by a wave of pro-democracy revolts last year that toppled autocratic leaders — some, like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally. But Washington gradually gave cautious backing to the goals of the Arab Spring movement. Now, with much of the U.S. optimism that accompanied the Arab world’s uprisings seemingly gone for good, Washington faces an apparent rise in Islamic activism and declining influence over countries it once counted as allies.” They never really have figured out what is going on, have they?

Obama’s media shills get clobbered on welfare reform. It turns out that the welfare waiver really did weaken the work requirement. Mickey Kaus points out that Bill Clinton’s defense of Obama “is relying on [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius’s] . . . ‘20%’ requirement that is a) bogus and b) was added by the Obama administration in an apparent damage-control move after the ‘waiver’ memo was issued.”

Jay Carney is getting pummeled for insisting that the embassy attacks were all about the anti-Muslim film. “Carney’s comments lie outside the range of plausible spin, even by Obama administration standards, and if his bosses believe them — as we fear they do — are simply delusional. . . . They all send the message to America’s enemies that if you kill our diplomats and lay siege to the our embassies, the first move the American government will make is to denounce . . . Americans. Our leaders apparently believe that the way to protect Americans from extremists and terrorists abroad is to tell other Americans to shut up.” Looks like Romney’s criticism was spot on.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 09/16/2012

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