March 21, 2009

HE DOES FOREIGN POLICY LIKE HE BOWLS:

Ahmadinejad's lucky day: Obama was right to respond to Tehran in a non-Islamic way, but he has accidentally helped the Iranian president (Saeed Kamali Dehghan, 3/20/09, guardian.co.uk)

[A]hmadinejad should be very happy with Obama's message as he can now steal the reformists' thunder and claim that he was the one who reconnected US-Iran relations after 30 years, achieved Iran's nuclear rights and empowered Iran to exert control over Iraq (the US having paid the price for removing Saddam Hussein and Iran having gained the benefits).

Ahmadinejad has been always willing to re-establish ties between Iran and the US, but he may have been surprised how Obama's message helps him to boast about his achievements in Iran-US relationship and use it to further his effort to win a second presidential term.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2009 6:08 AM
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