Why the Iranian president is a nutjob

The Man in Tehran, in His Own Words from US News and World Report for 2006-05-22 details the kook behind the next nuclear war:

It would require the patience of Job to respond to the litany of grievances that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent to George W. Bush last week--for litany is precisely what the rambling 18-page letter amounted to. Even an administration more inclined to diplomatic engagement than the Bush administration would be hard pressed to find hopeful openings for negotiation in this tangled, tortuous missive. It exudes the self-righteous piety and pseudo humility of a profoundly arrogant and ill-formed mind.

...His accusations constitute a kind of agenda-in-negative for U.S. public diplomacy. Unless it is possible to counter the half-truths, distortions, and misconceptions that run through this letter--including the now hoary charge that 9/11 could not have happened "without coordination with [U.S.] intelligence and security services"--prospects for winning the battle for hearts and minds in the Middle East look dim. (emphasis mine)

Just great. Another fricking conspiracy-theory idiot. And this one is building nuclear weapons.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Thu 25 May 2006. Tags: government, international