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Sep 28th 2007

ahmadinejad interviews: mahmoud’s pattern of poor performance

first there was time magazine.

then anderson cooper.

then columbia university.

now, 60 minutes (actually his 60 minutes interview came before his visit to new york city and columbia university, but i tivo’d the news show and just got around to watching it today).

highlights from the 60 minutes interview:
(1) aqua velvet head has to be asked four times whether iran is outfitting terrorists in iraq. he never says yes or no. his most concrete response to the question is to the effect of saying that the US is to blame for its problems in iraq.
(2) he finds questions about nuclear weapons humorous.
(3) he compares scott pelley’s interview tactics to those used at guantanamo bay, and says the questions and style are not fit for a head of state outside his office.

part I:

part II:

please watch the 60 minutes interview. go back and watch those old interviews. recall the words of columbia president-slash-tool lee bollinger, who called ahmadinejad “either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated.”

review my critiques of aqua velvet head’s previous interviews (the time and CNN / anderson cooper interviews were both conducted in 2006). i had this to say at the time:

anybody notice how this explanation makes no sense whatsoever?

does he really think we’re stupid?….ahmadinejad must think we’re really stupid.

i had to watch [the interview] over a second time to truly grasp the depth of his stupidity and the pungency of his lies….appalling

does he even know what question he is answering? does he realize he just half-refuted his own response? does he care? (answers: no; no; and probably not)

ahmadinejad is so dumb, it would be unconstitutional to execute him in the united states. see atkins v. virginia, 536 US 304 (2002) (the execution of mentally retarded criminals is “cruel and unusual punishment” prohibited by the eighth amendment).

ahmadinejad is going to have nukes in a couple of years, and his IQ is still going to be below 60. i am aghast that a man this dumb leads a nation.

aside: how is it that i came to this conclusion before everyone else in the civilized world?

anyway, ahmadinejad has his defenders in the american public. just as columbia–a university that has banned the ROTC and silenced the minutemen–gave ahmadinejad a stage from which to bloviate (while getting a choice photo op for the iranian “press”), there are individuals who think he is a reasonable guy and don’t want him called any mean names. a commenter by the name of APJ is one of those, weighing in on the ahmadinejad / anderson cooper interview last year.

I too laughed out loud at Anderson’s last line, the ‘unlike in Iran [we have a free press]’ one. I laughed because Anderson sounded silly and defensive.

Frankly all this talk about Ahmadinejad being retarded, incompetent, evil, etc. is getting really tired.

If I had to speculate, I would say all the mindless insults directed at Ahmadinejad are knee-jerk reactions from those who deep down realize that, abroad, our president says things that are just as ’stupid and retarded,’ only Bush also exudes a certain arrogance when he speaks (and already has a nuclear weapon). So, naturally, ‘patriots’ feel the need to go on the offensive against Ahmadinejad and Chavez. Nothing like a little mindless name-calling to boost the patriotism.

And I’ll go ahead and out myself as either very ignorant or very open-minded, but: who cares what he thinks about the Holocaust? Is belief in and understanding of the Holocaust somehow important in managing the affairs of a modern nation?

this guy is representative of the kinds of useful idiots ahmadinejad (not to mention chavez, castro, kim jung il, etc) has here. if APJ is out there, i would love to here his thoughts now.

and as far as the last comment (“Is belief in and understanding of the Holocaust somehow important in managing the affairs of a modern nation?”), what if president bush said slavery never happened? what if he asked why funds were not being appropriated for the study by scholars who question the historical fact that africans were kidnapped from their villages, loaded like cattle onto boats, sold like livestock in western nations, and forced to work without remuneration for the rest of their lives? what if he claimed that children of these (alleged, of course) former slaves were attempting to use this preposterous claim of “enslavement” to justify the creation of a nation for them — the nation of liberia. now, am i taking crazy pills, or does someone with beliefs so outlandish not deserve the respect and deference typically accorded world leaders?

a person of ahmadinejad’s education or beliefs is barely qualified to lead, say, a small homeowners’ association, let alone a nation.

One Response to “ahmadinejad interviews: mahmoud’s pattern of poor performance”

  1. I totally starting to notice his nonsense as well. I didn’t really expound upon it as much or as early as you did.

    aqua velvet head has to be asked four times whether iran is outfitting terrorists in iraq. he never says yes or no. his most concrete response to the question is to the effect of saying that the US is to blame for its problems in iraq

    That basically sums up anything this guy will say. And yes, it is bizarre that an American University would provide a forum for him.

    The term “its very sad” or “its a tragedy” or “it despicable” are thrown around a lot today for whatever reason. But when we really get to the bottom of this guy, you are playing with serious fire.

    Holocaust Denial + Elimination of the State of Israel + Nuclear Program = stop writing this guy off

    I can understand if people are indifferent because they don’t watch or read the news each day, but people that actually go to bat for this guy…it needs to change.