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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/30/2012

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The impossible task of persuading President Obama to recognize reality. “All the Israeli prime minister is focused on at this point is getting Obama on board, if not to agree to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, then at least to setting ‘red lines’ for Tehran. This is something the American president does not want to do, because it would mean having to act on it if and when the lines got crossed.” Read the whole thing.

It’s almost impossible to imagine how careless the Obama administration was about the safety of our diplomats. A report suggests that “ no threat assessment was conducted before U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team began ‘taking up residence’ at the Benghazi compound — describing the security lapses as a ‘total failure.’ . . . On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the intelligence source said the security lapses were a 10 — a ‘total failure’ because Benghazi was known to be a major area for extremist activity.”

Some in Mitt Romney’s camp found it impossible to believe that the public cared about anything but the economy. In the latest Bloomberg poll the “wrong track” number is up to 60 percent, and Romney now leads Obama as the candidate who is tougher on terrorism by a 48 to 42 percent margin.

It would be impossible for Obama to denounce the returning “Piss Christ” exhibit — which some might call religious slander — so the alternative idea is magnificent. “But if you really want him to condemn the Piss Christ, this is what you have to do: Find an enterprising young artist willing to create a ‘Piss Mohammed’ version of [Andres] Serrano’s work, and ask the museum to hang it right next to the Piss Christ. It could be part of a ‘Piss Religion’ exhibit. If the gallery declines (as it surely would), then perhaps one could gather together a small group of Manhattan atheists to march ‘piss portraits’ of Mohammed and his fellow deities / prophets right up 1st Avenue past the United Nations, in homage to the First Amendment.” You see, the crocodile tears about religious defamation are a transparent cover for fear of enraging Muslim extremists. Too bad; they’re constantly enraged.

A grand bargain wasn’t impossible. It was just impossible with Obama as president. “Joe Biden ‘Absolutely’ Wanted ‘Everything’ On The Table To Solve Entitlements In 2007.”

So is it possible to improve? “[Andrea] Mitchell chastised the press for ignoring issues like veterans affairs which, as [Rachel] Maddow reported on Thursday, has not been squarely addressed by either presidential campaign. But that moment of clarity was immediately lost when the two pivoted to the substanceless ‘scandal’ of Scott Brown attacking Elizabeth Warren for her supposed Cherokee ethnic heritage.” Maybe correspondents on glass outlets that trivialize the news shouldn’t throw stones.

It is possible that Obama’s risk-avoidance-to-get-reelected foreign policy strategy is now his worst problem. “To be blunt: The administration has a lot invested in the public impression that al-Qaeda was vanquished when Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. Obama would lose some of that luster if the public examined whether al-Qaeda is adopting a new, Zawahiri-led strategy of interweaving its operations with the unrest sweeping the Arab world.” It is also entirely irresponsible.

Some never thought it possible for sanctions to work. They were right. John Bolton: “ Theoretically, years ago, comprehensive economic sanctions — swiftly and relentlessly applied, and rigorously policed with military force as necessary — might have stopped Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But such sanctions never existed and never will. Russia, China, Venezuela, Iraq, and others delight in helping Tehran evade today’s patchwork of haphazardly applied, often ignored, and poorly enforced measures. Iran has suffered economically from these Rube Goldberg efforts, but its progress toward nuclear weapons, as even the International Atomic Energy Agency’s public information demonstrates, continues essentially unabated.”

How is this possible in America? “In his address to the United Nations earlier this week, President Obama condemned ‘the crude and disgusting video [that] sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world.’ Some 48 hours later, police in California arrested the man behind the film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ and a federal judge on Thursday night ordered Nakoula Basseley Nakoula held in jail without bond.”

Is it possible for the media to be any deeper in the tank? “The role of the media in the campaign, they’re an auxiliary of the Obama campaign, they ought to relocate to Chicago to save travel time. If you look at specific issues and how they’re covered, for example, in Charlotte, the removal of Jerusalem from the statement by the . . . [Democratic Party] versus the huge amount of coverage that Republicans were given over the abortion language. Or, for example, look at the way the media covered the ‘bump in the road’ comment which if Romney had made would have been a story for a week, versus how they covered the Romney statement when the Cairo Embassy issued a groveling statement about free speech and the video on the day of the first riot outside the U.S. embassy.”

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