Friday, September 25, 2009

Katie Cou on Very Thin Ice with Mahmoud*

Katie Couric sat down to interview Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Part one and two of the interview can be found here.

While Couric takes down most of Ahmedinejad's arguments, one thing she doesn't push him on is his comments about violence in Iraq. Ahmedinejad says that the U.S. is to blame for this violence. While the U.S. invasion no doubt created the conditions for wide-scale violence in Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran has an extensive hand at sewing violence in Iraq. Besides the EFPs used by insurgent groups labeled "Made in Iran" in Farsi, the Islamic Republican Guard Corps - Quds Force (IRGC-QF) is directly responsible for training Shia militias in Iran on paramilitary tactics and terrorism which have killed hundreds of innocent people. Iran, throughout 2007 and 2008, actively sewed the seeds of violence.

The importance of the interview, of course, is not the President's predictable incitement against Israel, the West, Zionism, the Holocaust, and Capitalism. On a deeper level, it indicates an underlying weakness. Ahmedinejad's major objective this week was to solidify his place as a strong leader of the Iranian regime. Instead, he emerged weaker, relying on smokescreens to (unsuccessfully) dodge questions about his government's brutal response to protesters during the election. Obama's announcement this morning that Iran is secretly enriching uranium at a second location 30 km from the holy city of Qom pulled the rug out under any legs Ahmedinejad had gained in New York. His press conference this afternoon put him on the defensive.

Simultaneously, the news is being reported on Haaretz as Obama, Sarkozy, Brown issue ultimatum over second Iran uranium plant. This is likely to play very well in Israel and the global Jewish community, where citizens have expressed concern with Obama's inaction on Iran. And Obama's leadership at the U.N. security council this week was a strong show of leadership in multilateralism that is likely to pay off in the future.

Final Score: Obama 1 Ahmedinejad 0

*Katie Cou is also on very thin ice with T-Pain. It is not known if T-Pain seeks nuclear capabilities at this time.

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