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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - Stewart Patrick
A year after President Obama largely defused a diplomatic showdown at the United Nations over Palestinian statehood, his difficulties with the Muslim world are multiplying rapidly as he prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
"There are limited things that the United States can do in the age of global information when some ass in the United States can put together a crude video attacking the prophet," Mr. Patrick said. "Then suddenly, it's beamed all over the world and taken advantage of by extremist groups to mobilize major protests. It's very hard to know what any president could do in that situation to try to tamp down things."
"The president faces a much more difficult challenge now," said Stewart Patrick, a senior fellow on national security and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations. "It's all well and good to promote human rights, and the United States should do that, but the reality is that it's going to be a long, painful process. The president may have built up some unrealistic expectations with some of his statements."