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Partner for Pieces

Good news! Hezbollah can now hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem thanks to Bashir Assad, Syria’s president and Obama’s partner for peace, giving it long-range Scud missiles.

Assad may no longer be a practicing ophthalmologist but he can still read the writing on the wall when it comes to American credibility. This latest lively development to the Middle East “peace process” comes in the middle of Obama’s summit to “save the planet” (in Katie Couric’s expert analysis) and mere days after presidential emissary John Kerry, on April Fool’s Day, arrived in Damascus and “raised long-running concerns” directly with Assad.

Not to worry. The Administration remains committed to sending a new ambassador to Assad’s court who can “press the Syrian government in a firm and coordinated fashion”, according to the White House. Firmly pressed coordinated fashion works great for Obama’s next GQ shoot. Not sure it counts for much with the Teheran-Damascus-Hezbollah axis.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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