Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad performed a magic trick at the United Nations this past week.
He simultaneously made both himself and U.S. foreign policy look just plain kooky.
President Obama, addressing the General Assembly earlier, yet again pleaded with Iran to talk sensibly about its nuclear ambitions, as he had the year before.
"Now let me be clear once more," he said. "The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it. But the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear program."
The true extent of Mr. Obama's fairy tale was made clear just a bit later when Ahmadinejad spoke and carefully, comprehensively and with some detail reminded the world of what a moonbat he is.
Ahmadinejad claimed that "some segments" within the U.S. government orchestrated the 9-11 attacks "to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime." He's planning a conference on the topic next Sept. 11 in Tehran.
Gee, you think we should send someone?
That would be about as brainless as our current foreign policy toward Iran. Does Mr. Obama really think anything good could be accomplished by sitting down with an insane tyrant like Ahmadinejad -- who also believes the Holocaust is a myth and steadfastly holds to the position that Israel should be "wiped off the map"?
Who's the crazy party here -- the insane guy over in Tehran or the people who keep trying to reason with him, with the same results every time? How many acts will this play have?
If the U.S. State Department or the White House think we sent any message that matters to Ahmadinejad by walking out on his speech, or that sitting down with him will accomplish anything remotely resembling a lasting peace -- especially for Israel -- then we need to expand drug testing in Washington.
This theater of the absurd would be humorous if Israel, and every major American city, weren't in the crosshairs of any nuclear weapons Mahmoud Admadinejad and his fellow nutjobs are allowed by the world to produce.