September 20th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

Ahmadinejad, the Twelfth Imam and trouble in Tehran

By CNN's Tim Lister

Now that Moammar Gadhafi is gone, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is likely to be the most controversial visitor to New York this week. He seems to relish the global spotlight of the UN General Assembly. This year he may also be relieved to get away from troubles at home.

An internal power struggle has left Ahmadinejad with his wings clipped and the (more) conservative clerics in the ascendant. The Iranian economy is in poor shape (not least because of international sanctions). And Iran’s main ally in the Arab world – President Bashar al Assad in Syria – is struggling to hold onto his job.

The tussle over the two American hikers in Iran is the latest episode in a battle between Ahmadinejad and the clerical establishment. The president, apparently keen to get the issue out of the way before wheels-up for New York, told NBC last week that the hikers should be freed within a couple of days. Cue the judicial authorities, who are very much in the camp of conservative clerics. They responded curtly that they would decide the issue. Ahmadinejad shot back – suggesting he might make a "unilateral pardon on behalf of the Iranian nation."

Vali Nasr, a frequent adviser to the U.S. government on the Middle East and Professor of International Politics at Tufts University, says Ahmadinejad “wanted to take credit for the hikers’ release and make himself look relevant and capable” – a serious interlocutor. But his attempt to circumvent normal channels angered conservatives.

Nasr says Ahmadinejad is the proverbial lame duck president, with two years left of his second and final term. Nasr, who has advised U.S. administrations on Iran policy, says Ahmadinejad has been confronted by “resistance within the bureaucracy, parliament and judiciary and is unable to get his way on policy issues.”

The rift has grown since the disputed elections of 2009, when Iran’s conservative forces displayed a united front amid massive street protests. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, backed Ahmadinejad from the pulpit while the basij militia cracked heads in the street. But the president’s subsequent attempts to consolidate his power base – and his dabbling in matters spiritual – have not gone down well.

In June, a close Ahmadinejad ally, Mohammed Sharif Malekzadeh, was forced to resign as deputy foreign minister, amid allegations of financial wrongdoing – which he denies. That followed a struggle over the Intelligence minister in April, who was dismissed by Ahmadinejad only to be reinstated by Ayatollah Khamanei.

But it’s not just a turf war. Writing on last week, Jamsheed K. Choksy, senior fellow at the Center on American and Global Security, said that "at the heart of the tussle between Ahmadinejad and his former clerical mentors is the question of whether the Islamic republic and its system of velayat-e faqih, or governance by an Islamic jurist, should endure or be discarded as a disastrous experiment."

Nasr says Ahmadinejad has also infuriated the clergy by repeatedly talking of his special relationship with the Twelfth (or Hidden) Imam, a messianic figure who he said last week would return to earth to establish “brotherly love.” Earlier this year Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, Esfandier Rahim Mashaei, backed a film on the subject. Conservative clerics reacted furiously at such an intrusion into their territory, attacking members of the government as "deviants, devils and evil spirits." Several people were arrested and charged with “invoking spirits.”

Karim Sadjadpour says Ahmadinejad "has always been the dispensable sword of Ayatollah Khamenei, who used Ahmadinejad to bludgeon his domestic opponents, pursue a non-compromising foreign policy and try to resuscitate revolutionary zeal." But he says the Ayatollah "seemingly didn't anticipate is that Ahmadinejad is a double-edged sword who wasn't going to be content with being merely the leader's lackey."

Iran and the Arab Spring
The regional picture for Iran is not quite as rosy as it was either. Three years ago, its alliance with Syria allowed Tehran to exercise influence throughout the Middle East and especially in Lebanon through Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s arsenal of missiles, the best of them provided by Iran according to US diplomatic sources, was the Iranians’ potent "insurance card" against any Israeli attack against its nuclear facilities.

At the same time, Iran’s influence in Iraq was growing through Shi’ite militia and an empathetic coalition led by Nouri al Maliki. (Saudi officials used to describe Maliki as an "Iranian agent.") Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt all fretted about growing Iranian influence. In a diplomatic cable from 2009, then President Mubarak of Egypt Mubarak warned of Iran's growing influence with Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and was quoted as describing "Tehran's hand moving with ease throughout the region, from the Gulf to Morocco."

Today the picture is hazier. Publicly Ahmadinejad has distanced himself from Syria’s beleaguered President, Bashar al Assad. Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post last week: "Some people are against him. They should be respected." Some analysts say Iran is concerned about the anti-Iranian tone of some Syrian protests, and wants to hedge its bets should Assad eventually succumb. Vali Nasr says the veiled public criticism of Assad is an attempt by the Iranians to protect their image on the Arab street, while at the same time continuing to back the Syrian president in private.

"I suspect in private the Iranians have offered Assad their continued support and advised him not to concede an inch," says Karim Sadjapour of the Carnegie Endowment on International Peace. "The long-held strategy and philosophy of Iran's hardliners is that you never compromise for it will only project weakness and encourage more dissent."

Other trends don’t necessarily work in Iran’s favor. Turkey, a growing power in the region, has chastised Iran for its loyalty to Assad. Much sharper pro- and anti-Iranian lines have been drawn in Lebanon, with the Sunni-led opposition bloc throwing down the gauntlet to Hezbollah. And while the results of the Arab Spring are not yet in, its democratic impulse is one that’s difficult for Iran to champion – given its own crackdown on protesters in 2009. Iran has somewhat implausibly supported the protests as an "Islamic awakening."

There may be opportunities for Iran in the reshaping of the region: the military council running Egypt is less hostile to Iran than was Mubarak – and also less cozy with Israel. Shi'ite unrest in Bahrain – just a few miles across the Gulf from the Iranian coast – has given a stick to the Iranians with which to beat the (Sunni) Gulf monarchies. Ahmadinejad told a news conference in April: "The Saudis did an ugly thing to deploy troops [in Bahrain] ... the Bahraini government also did an ugly work to kill its own people."

But from Morocco to Syria, the inspiration for change has been democracy not theocracy, and Iran-watchers say those winds of change may in turn limit Ayatollah Khamanei's freedom of maneuver. Even if he wanted to engineer the impeachment of Ahmadinejad, fresh elections while the rest of the Middle East is in turmoil might invoke the law of unintended consequences, says Vali Nasr.

There is plenty for Iranians to grumble about. Inflation is running at 20 percent; unemployment by some estimates at 15 percent. Sanctions have hurt the financial and transport sectors and are variously blamed on the United States, Ahmadinejad, the clergy or all of the above. Economic growth is probably no more than one percent, according to the head of the Parliament's research committee, Ahmad Tavakoli. On top of that, the government has begun to reduce state subsidies, which were costing an estimated $100 billion a year. Suzanne Maloney of the U.S. Institute of Peace wrote earlier this year that Iran's youth "who represent more than two-thirds of the population – are simply fed up with the lack of opportunities and the stultifying social and cultural restrictions."

Vali Nasr says that despite everything, many poorer Iranians still support Ahmadinejad. “He’s distributed a lot of money to the poor and they still think he’s on their side.” As subsidies were cut, the government provided modest cash payments to Iranian families to cushion the impact.

More likely than any showdown between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei, according to analysts, is an uneasy coexistence until the next scheduled presidential elections in 2013. Nasr says the clerical establishment doesn’t want to disturb the system having expended so much political capital in backing Ahmadinejad in the 2009 elections. It is happy to weaken him without resorting to the “monumental step” of impeachment.

Now coming into focus is the campaign for next year’s parliamentary elections and the crucial presidential election in 2013. Ahmadinejad’s efforts to groom long-term protégé Esfandier Rahim Mashaei as a successor have set off a furious backlash. Last week, Ahmadinejad denied that Mashaei (whose daughter is married to the president's oldest son) was implicated in a $2.6 billion banking scandal in Iran. And he included Mashaei in his delegation to the UN – prompting conservative lawmakers to claim he was protecting his chief of staff from likely arrest back home.

Despite all the protesters awaiting him, a few days at the Warwick Hotel in New York may seem like a vacation to the Iranian president.

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  1. PJRG

    I always have a hard time absorbing bias articles... Bias articles in the media is the same as brain-wash to me. Disregarding the second agenda this article carries, It is quite funny and somewhat embarrassing to have two CIA agents captured trying to enter Iran Haha!

    September 21, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply


    Israel finally using the internet to give its position and facts concerning the wars and propaganda war to destroy Israel

    September 21, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
  3. Nadir

    I guess we now all know who is the real terrorist?! We all now know why the wars are started and by who. Your media cannot help you to hide the lies.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply
  4. Jeremy

    Yeah, I see it. He kind of looks like a duck.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
  5. Ali

    Look at the stats: 12% drug addicts, ranking number one in the world, 30% unemployment, 50 % are depressed, they have highest execution rate in the world, they sell their women to Persian Gulf Sheiks, more that 100,000 homeless are roaming around in Teheran, highest brain drain in the world, they are on a path to their demise

    September 21, 2011 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Sassan

      Thank you Ali joon for speaking out. We as Iranians are all united in one goal: secular democracy. The day is very near in which Syria will fall followed by the Islamic Republic of Terror.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • big John

      We should help them out by giving them more free drugs, needles and such. We are good citizens.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
    • Glenn

      Any ideology taken to an extreme tends to act against the mental health of the general population. People are too diverse to be able to conform to such a strict and one- sided culture or religion. A loss of good mental health often results in drug abuse. All religions should take note.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
  6. NonZionist

    It's both amusing and sad to read the apoplectic comments here from Israel's Hasbara Brotherhood. How much are these people paid to spew savage hatred and murderous rage? One would think these war-addicts are talking about someone who has murdered millions. Instead, they are defaming the leader of a country that attacks no one and threatens no one.

    The leader's main sin is that he has criticized Israel. He has asked that historians be free to study the genocide of the 1940s. He has deviated from the Zionist Party line, and for that reason, he must be brought down, at all cost. It doesn't matter how many people will be killed in a new war or how many trillions will be wasted. The Party is Always Right. So onwards, into the abyss of madness. Consumed with hatred, choking on rage, march lemmings march.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • Glenn

      Why does anyone need to study the genicide of the 40's ? The remains of the camps still exist today. The footage of the events still exist. Some do not want history rewrote for a political purpose. His contention that these events never happened is the working of a delusional mind. We know what his desired outcome should be which is the only thing which matters to him.
      Reality isn't written by one man

      September 21, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
      • NonZionist

        Hello Glenn. No one says the genocide didn't happen. The call for the genocide to be open to historical study implies that it did happen.

        When events are not open to historical review, they become like a religious dogma. We stop thinking. We are then bowled over by organizations and movements that exploit these events. The Holocaust Dogma, for example, becomes a vindication for the Zionist premise that co-existence between Jews and non-Jews leads to genocide. That premise is false, but we don't realize that, because we take the cornerstone event for granted. It has become part of our mythos.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:33 am |
      • Glenn

        I am not a Christian, Jew or Muslum. I am not from the Middle East. There are a few things I have come to understand.

        Reality is not a mytho. The events of WWII are real.
        The statements made from Iran did happen and were also recorded and placed on the news/internet.
        The inability of the Muslim world to co-exist with anyone including each other. No one in the free world respects a government which maintains control through the use of force. They do not even have the support of their own people. Such a rightous cause should never fear the ballot box.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • NonZionist

        What government DOESN'T use force, Glenn?

        Try to start a revolution in Turkey, or France, or Britain, or even here in the U.S.. Let's see how far you get.

        September 21, 2011 at 11:07 am |
      • Glenn

        In my country decisions are made at the ballot box and religion does not play a part in good government. I'm not American either. The cost is a lifetime of peace.

        September 21, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  7. john

    Ayatollah Khamenei has been making hundreds of phone calls to the US trying to pay someone to off this Persian nutbag when he lands in new york.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:24 am | Reply
  8. mulakater

    Charged with "invoking spirits". Its seems the same old trick "spirits" has not lost its effect to invoke fear. When are the masses going to wake up and face reality, that reality is there are so many people suffering, mankind does not need to add its 2 cents as well. Ignorance is all around us. How did I land on this planet???

    September 21, 2011 at 9:22 am | Reply
  9. Rob C

    "The long-held strategy and philosophy of Iran's hardliners is that you never compromise for it will only project weakness and encourage more dissent."

    If you change Iran to Tea Party the statement also holds true.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:16 am | Reply
  10. DMountain

    Not Lame "Duck", He's the Lame "Monkey Man"!

    September 21, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • Worldnewsbook

      I thought that was Obama? :-O

      September 21, 2011 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • RSAT4

      No free oil, whether you call him monkey or what.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply
  11. Diana

    I saw this fool drive by this morning with his security posse.... Grenade launcher anyone?

    September 21, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • RSAT4

      For telling truth then he deserves a grenade. if you guys can get facts right and stop believing what CNN saying about Iran. Iarn are very good people and educated. You are misinformed about Iran.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
  12. RSAT4

    There you motherf**kers(Americans) go again, This man is noble, he never started a war, he never killed weman and chlidren, this has just realise your 2 CIA agents. Dont know what must be done to you, even a nuclear bomb wont be enough for you. You are Evil, not mention your boys(France, England,Germany(Captured country) and UK). When will be the Palestiniansl freed if you motherfuckers you are standing for the truth as claim.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • Steve

      You sir are another troll. STFU

      September 21, 2011 at 9:06 am | Reply
      • RSAT4

        Thats your opion. Tell me how many poeple have goverment (USA) killed in the last 2years? how many conflicts that you started through your CIA in the last 10 years? I hope you got the answer.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • Sassan

      You're an idiot. These terrorists terrorizing my homeland this past year has averaged a hanging ever 7-hours, mostly political prisoners. This is the most brutal regime – a regime that rapes our young sisters in prison before executing them so that they don't "die as virgins" as these maniacs believe "virgins go straight to heaven" so to "deny" this to them too. In fact, as an Iranian, the Palestinian issue means nothing to us. Instead of taking care of the Iranian people (which this illegal regime cares nothing for) these terrorists go support terrorist groups all over the world including Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas. In fact, we (the Iranian people) have nothing against Israelis or the Jewish people and recognize Israel's right to exist. In fact, the Jewish people and the Iranian people are historical allies going back to Cyrus the Great saving the Jews from the Babylonians.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
      • Felix Amos

        Good one Sassan

        September 21, 2011 at 9:17 am |
      • RSAT4

        I dont think you are really Iranian, this Chaps you are calling names are one making sure that your oil taken for free like what happening in Iraq and Libya. Iam african and proudy your goverment style and wish all countries can open thiers eyes and see how Evil is America and friends

        September 21, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • Sassan

        You and your kind are evil. Iranians have had to learn in the most brutal ways the evils of Islamic rule the past 30+ years. We will soon be free form tyranny and terror from the hands of these illegitimate terrorists and barbarians.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:35 am |
      • NonZionist

        Where are you posting from, "Sassan"? Tel Aviv? Is there anything about Israel that you find less than Perfect? Anything at all that you would ever criticize?

        What do you seek? War? The obliteration of Iran? Millions of corpses? Rivers of blood? And who do you want to pay for this orgy of death and destruction? We Americans? No thanks.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • Sassan

        I am not Jewish – but I have nothing against Jews. In fact, I am Iranian and have spent considerable amounts of time in Iran and live in the west and love my homeland and people and simply want to see Iranians live in freedom with a secular system of government that values human rights, freedom, and democracy. In fact, after I obtain my Ph.D. and Iran is free – I would move back to contribute in the rebuilding of my homeland. These maniacs occupying Iran will kill every last Iranian to keep power – Iran, the lives of Iranians, and our history and culture mean nothing to do these end-of-the-world Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:40 am |
      • RSAT4

        Sussan what have they done to you, Do you want them to take your oil for free like in Iraq and Libya. Get your Phd and go home before they corrupt your mind which is halfway corrupt. Go home Iran need you. Your friends are hands on at home. Look now they are lauching satellites.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:09 am |
      • RSAT4

        Sassan stop telling lies, I watched all was happen during your Green Tshirt CIA cooked riots

        September 21, 2011 at 10:17 am |
      • Parisa

        Well-said Sassan. As an Iranian woman, I totally agree.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • joe t

      haha ur a crazy motha fucka and im glad you will die much sooner then me considering i live in the amazing country of America! go enjoy your miserable life playing in the dirt........infidel !!

      September 21, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
      • RSAT4

        You are also gonna die mf**

        September 21, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Bob

      RSAT4: First of all, you need to go back to school and learn how to spell. Secondly, I sure hope you are not living in USA enjoying our freedom and yet biting the hand that feeds you. You can't possibly be so naive or ignorant to think that this a$$hole dictator has not killed WOMEN, MEN, and CHILDREN. He will be gone in 2 years and so will all of his goons. Hopefully, you will too if you are in fact living in USA.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
      • RSAT4

        That how you work motherf***, when someone telling the truth, he or shee get killed. You will never silence the truth. Atleast I can write your language unlike you cant even write a single word in any language mf**

        September 21, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Wraith

      I'm sure your protesters who caught jackboots to their necks would disagree with you. Also, as an American, we have no problem with your people (on a personal note, I love Iranian culture and its people–I'd love to visit, one day, truly), just your lunatic leadership.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:26 am | Reply
      • RSAT4

        Tell your goverment to stop making Iran bad country. Iran never started a war and not interested in nuclear weapons.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:43 am |
      • NonZionist

        This "lunatic leadership" represents at least half of the people of Iran, the people you pretend to admire. Iran is not Massachusetts. Sorry to disappoint you.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:46 am |
      • Sassan

        Absolutely not. Iranians are united against this regime – from the youth to the middle-aged to the elderly. OVer 90% of Iranians inside of Iran are clearly for regime change and out of the other 10%, only 2-3% are hardcore loyalists and the rest simply depend on the regime for their jobs etc. This regime has virtually no support inside of Iran.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am |
      • NonZionist

        From the article: "Vali Nasr says that despite everything, many poorer Iranians still support Ahmadinejad."

        This is just what one would expect. Iran is not Berkeley. It's hard to imagine that the majority of people in Iran would support unbridled hedonism. And it's even harder to imagine that the majority would support the U.S. and Israel, the countries that are threatening to attack Iran and turn Iran into a vast breeding ground for terror like Iraq. Very few Iranians want to see their beautiful country reduced to rubble. You are in a small minority, Sassan.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Bob

      RSAT4: Actually, I know and speak 4 different languages including Persian. In how many languages would you like me to say that you are an ignorant, borderline dumb, and brain-washed individual?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • NonZionist

      +( Iran is ready to help creation of dialogue atmosphere between governments and nation )+ - Ahmadinejad

      +( The era of military force is over, today is the era of nations, logic and worshippers of God. )+ - Ahmadinejad

      Iran hasn't attacked anyone in 300 years. To those who profit from war and live by "Might Makes Right", the behavior of Iran's government must indeed seem "psychopathic". To people addicted to war, ignorance and hatred, Ahmadinejad's calls for peace and dialogue must seem mad.

      We are unable to imagine a country that is not Just Like Us.

      We love nukes, so Iran must love nukes too. Iran's call for a nuclear-FREE zone in the region makes no sense to us.

      We want war, so Iran wants war too. We want to play God and wipe whole countries off the face of the map, so Iran must want the same. Nothing else is Thinkable.

      We seem to be at war with our own demons. Unfortunately, other countries keep getting in the way.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:49 am | Reply
  13. Nancy Jones

    Why is this crazy animal even given any media time!

    September 21, 2011 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • Newyorker

      I can ask the same question for articles on Perry, Bachmann, and any card-carrying member of the Tea Party.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:06 am | Reply
  14. jorline

    Dinnerjacket is lame and come to think of it he looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...therefore........

    September 21, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply
  15. michael.mcmillan

    He is a disgusting human being, torturing his people and holding the world hostage. May he disappear as soon as possible.

    September 21, 2011 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • LouieXT

      Sounds a lot like what the US does on a daily basis.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:56 am | Reply
      • Sassan

        Actually, the U.S. doesn't rape young girls in jail before executing them so that they don't "die as virgins" – this regime goes as these religious maniacs want to "deny them from going to heaven" as to their f'd up ideology "virgins go straight to heaven". The United States stands with freedom, human rights, and democracy as an innate right irregardless of where you are born and I am proud of the United States and the Europeans for maturing into a civilized civilziation that supports people whether living under tyrants and terrorists or helping those out in natural disasters or famines. The U.S. is a great source of good for the world.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • NonZionist

      Could it be that you are projecting your own dark side onto the regimes Israel tells you to destroy?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
      • Sassan

        You should grow up and mature and understand not everything in the world runs around your lunatic anti-semiticism/anti-jewish philosophy that the "jews control everything". Grow up immature illiterate.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  16. Fred Phred

    The young people of Iran are awesome. I know many of them. Even they say their leaders are crazy and they can see a time in the future where it could be a democracy. I wish them luck.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:53 am | Reply
    • Sassan

      Thanks Fred for your kind and insightful words. 🙂

      September 21, 2011 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • NonZionist

      It's not hard to see such a time, since Iran already IS a democracy.

      Iran is at least as democratic as the U.S.. Here, no matter who we vote for, we get the same result: more war, less freedom, more subservience to Israel. Where we have two parties, Iran has half a dozen. Where our candidates are vetted by the media and the CFR, Iranian candidates are vetted by the clerical establishment. Where we have election fraud - audit-free voting machines and two stolen presidential elections - Iran has election fraud.

      Democracy is not utopia. The progressive youth of Iran have to understand that they are still outnumbered by traditionalists. The progressives can't just bulldoze the majority out of the way. If young people want to make democracy work, they will have to learn patience.

      And it would also be nice to see some idealism - some concern for Palestinians, for example. There's nothing noble about young people who are completely self-obsessed.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
      • Sassan

        You're an idiot buffoon "non-zionist" – you speak with authority when you are not Iranian, have never been to Iran, and are a complete dolt. You definitely have some type of personality/psychological disorder. Get help.

        September 21, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  17. david burns

    Please don't mention the word 'duck' in the same breath as this kook as it offends all Oregon Ducks – although I guess you could say he is a quack.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:46 am | Reply
  18. bokndr

    Njad is fuckin duck

    September 21, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
  19. Gaddffly

    Sounds more and more like a Daffy Duck !

    September 21, 2011 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • Judith

      He might sound like a duck but he looks like Harry from "Harry and the Hendersons."

      September 21, 2011 at 8:23 am | Reply
      • Epidi

        LOL. At least Harry had intelligence & a heart. This goofball has neither.

        September 21, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  20. Arash

    There is no Arabian Gulf, never was, never will be.

    There is a Persian Gulf.

    Pay close attention fellow Iranians. This is a tactic that is used by those who are waging ideologic war on Iran. They have been trying it for over thirty years, yet still we remain steadfast. Take care and don't bother reading troll comments or shill comments.

    Shills are those who talk about about an Arabian Gulf. Obviously, these people missed great parts of their education, so beware to not react voraciously, after all, they are too dumb to understand what they are saying. They are only following orders.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:46 am | Reply
    • Sassan

      The people who are to blame for this ideological war is the Islamic Republic of Terror for instead of representing Iranian culture, Persian history and greatness have infested the evils and virus of Islamic doctrine upon our society in such a vile manner in which the natural consequence are such outcomes of these. This regime does not care one bit for Iranians and Iranian history – each year, they try to cut the days for our New Years' holiday and try to ban pre-Islamic cultural traditions such as 4-shamba sore and Mehragon. So of course it is Persian Gulf, any person with the most basic knowledge of history and literacy would know this – but the people to blame for this is the regime for caring more about Islamic Arabs through their support of terrorism and ideology.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:55 am | Reply
  21. satwinder

    don't you mean lame d(ae)i(ou)ck?

    September 21, 2011 at 6:08 am | Reply
  22. Panties

    He can actually be just another S.D (Stupid Duck).

    September 21, 2011 at 5:25 am | Reply
  23. aziz

    IT"S The Arabian Gulf

    September 21, 2011 at 5:12 am | Reply
  24. Aj

    Iran is aligned with China, the up and coming superpower. So Mr Ahmedin does not need to make any body happy except China. I am not surprised though, the analysis is a typical CNN propaganda.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:02 am | Reply
  25. Iran

    You mean the Persian Gulf? your analysis looks more like a joke, so Iran is struggling to keep Israel out of his territory? do you think israel can survive Iranian retaliation ? Israel can not hold up to hezbollah!!!

    This article looks like an advertisement to sell more weapons to arab countries and their disqualified leaders!!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:34 am | Reply
    • aziz

      Can't you read..It's The Arabian Gulf
      Your school thought you falsely..

      September 21, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
      • Iran

        There was no country named arab!!! but there was a country named Persia u dick head!!!! and It is Persian gulf forever! first let your wives drive a car the go into history and science!!!

        September 21, 2011 at 6:05 am |
      • Cyrus

        aziz you're misinformed, the only real Arabs are those from saudi arabia,, the rest are Arab speakers as a result of islamic imperialism and murders. oh yeah the guld has always been Persian Gulf and it always be Persian Gul no matter how much Arabs cry about it

        September 21, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  26. qhapaqinka

    Inshálláh, Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah will one day embrace the Bahá'í Faith. Then Iran will truly prosper 🙂

    September 21, 2011 at 4:08 am | Reply
  27. tahira

    its funny how media talks about iranian economy, forgetting about the american economy and joblessness. but again how will american goverment will stay in power if they dont keep their own people and the rest of the world in the bubble where everything is perfect in america.

    I am just ashamed of the fact that source like CNN is using these cheap tactics to brain wash people.

    TSK tsk tsk

    September 21, 2011 at 3:45 am | Reply
    • Sassan

      Iran unemployment is nearly 30%. It is not comparable to the economic situation here.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:18 am | Reply
    • Rags

      Tahira: Please note that the article is titled "Ahmadinejad, the Twelfth Imam and trouble in Tehran". It has nothing to do with the US.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:39 am | Reply
  28. LoverBoy77

    More like a devious black swan than a duck. This guy is a shameless criminal who thinks Power is all about not respecting the value of human life. J-rk.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:31 am | Reply
  29. TruthSpeaks

    From this article (The Iranian economy is in poor shape (not least because of international sanctions). And Iran’s main ally in the Arab world – President Bashar al Assad in Syria – is struggling to hold onto his job.)

    Ya really? The Iranian economy is in poor shape ? whats does that make of the american economy shape then? if Ahmadinejad is a kame duck what does that MAKE Obama then?

    September 21, 2011 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • Rags

      You're comparing apples to oranges. What happens in Iran has little to do with what happens in the US.
      Do you just like to complain or are you bent on hiding the truth?

      September 21, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply
    • Felix Amos

      Do you know that if American economy is shambles then Iranian's economy is totally off the grid? Despite the gloomy state of the American economy, it is still more productive than virtually any country in the world. If Iranian economy is ever in the shape of the American economy as bad as it is, i want to believe that Ahmedinejad would have bossed the whole world.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:25 am | Reply
  30. TruthSpeaks

    Typical propaganda By CNN So CNN are you cheerleaders for the war in iran i assume?

    September 21, 2011 at 3:20 am | Reply
  31. Ahmad

    Ahmadinejad said a lot of truth, but dose american are ready to hear !

    September 21, 2011 at 3:11 am | Reply
    • Jason

      Yes, a lot of truth... like denying the holocaust in WWII, claiming that the CIA was behind 9/11 and many others.. This guy speaks nothing but the truth...

      Please just shut up if you have nothing smart to say.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:23 am | Reply
      • Steve

        You are obviously a troll.

        September 21, 2011 at 7:38 am |
      • JN

        Why do i hear that most ordinary Americans are Unintelligent...may be they don't know what their goverment doing in the world...well, may be they don't care as long their desires are fullfilled such money, power, sex, job...

        Don't make yourself fool if you can't defeat the logic. Iranian leader may not the favorite leader, but he is the man eason and very intelegent and when he speaks intel, the right mind accepts it.

        September 21, 2011 at 9:50 am |

      Please, just go blow yourself up.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:45 am | Reply
      • david burns

        but do it by yourself with no one else around, okay

        September 21, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • DMountain

      You and Imightstartajihad are delusional liars.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
  32. Faaiz Kaamil

    CNN surely has not read the latest report by IMF on Iranian Economy. Update yourself CNN. Such a pity!! Despite all your sanctions those guys have shown huge economic development and its not me saying this, I do not like Ahmedinejad or Iranian regime but let us at least behave like one who who's what we are against, its the IMF so famously an American institution saying which had angered almost everyone at in and out Obama Administration.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:59 am | Reply
    • Sassan

      Hah! That was utter nonsense. I was in Iranian just recently and the economy is far from good – the people are suffering due to this terrorist regime not caring about Iranians but instead send all their money to support terrorists worldwide. IT is the regime that has hijacked and destroyed our once great nation – and I am confident that the day is near in which Syria will fall followed by the Islamic Republic of Terror.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:10 am | Reply
      • TruthSpeaks

        Guess what? Nowhere in the world the economy isnt good if you think replacing leaders will fix the economy then your an idiot, Sassan stop sounding yourself like a cheer leader for a war on iran.

        September 21, 2011 at 3:23 am |
      • Amir

        I'm an Iranian too, I have recently been in Iran, everything seems to be just OK despite all the propaganda and the Ahmadinejad is still a very popular figure among the majority. God bless Iran!

        September 21, 2011 at 3:23 am |
      • NonZionist

        Sassan writes: +( send all their money to support terrorists worldwide )+

        Each Iranian now receives a $40 per month stipend, so your statement is transparently FALSE - unless you think every Iranian is a "Terrorist".

        What are you trying to do? Give Israel a pretext for attacking Iran? I think hatred clouds your perception.

        September 21, 2011 at 3:47 am |
      • Sassan

        It is very well known that the regime employs a "cyber army" to employ message boards and internet forums with their propaganda as Amir is doing. As for "non-zionist", the $40 stipend is in place with all the subsidies being raised. Therefore, gas for vehicles is nearly as expensive in Iran as here and all the other costs such as electricity etc has gone up. $40 stipend when your costs have gone up at a minimum 3-4 times is no benefit – it is losing money. Please use your brain – but it seems unlikely that you have one.

        September 21, 2011 at 4:17 am |
      • DMountain

        You were in Iranian just recently, I bet it was an Iranian boy too!

        September 21, 2011 at 9:15 am |
      • Parisa

        Hey Amir, are you sure the country you visited was Iran? Even in that case, I bet you spent all your time in Qom's "hoze Elmiyeh" and among those bastard Mullahs!

        September 21, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  33. sonia

    can we talk about America's economy for a change!
    America is no one to comment on a national leader like that....Whatever that guy is and in whatever shape is his country today, least he is not invading countries like US and minding his business..
    Whatever this iranian leader does...why does it upset american leaders and this some kind of insecurtiy deep settled in minds of the americans
    watch this guy out........he will screw u up

    September 21, 2011 at 2:41 am | Reply
    • Sassan

      You are right – his cronies and the regime are just having innocent Iranians killed, tortured, raped ,and put under the most inhumane conditions that exist. In addition – supporting terrorism overseas. Please get a grip and grow some moral clarity instead of spouting nonsense. In addition, this regime has a "hidden imam" ideology which means that they are actively preparing for a WWIII in which chaos, havoc, and famine is the name of the game; hence the reason for their attempts in acquiring nuclear weapons. Please – grow a brain and understand the threats humanity faces in not only allowing these human rights abusers and savages to continue to occupy Iran illegally; but the threat they pose to humanity and the human race. There is no doctrine of "mutually assured destruction" with these religious maniacs and end-of-the-world psychos.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:07 am | Reply
      • JIm

        It is flawed logic to assume that Iran could use a nuke without retaliation. The inevitable nuclear retaliation is something that should be fresh on Iranians' minds. The world countries would instantly unite against Iran if it used a nuclear weapon against another country. This is an important discussion you are having here. Your leader denies the holocaust ever happened. Your lives and the lives of your families are in his hands. History shows us with clarity that if you start a war and can't finish your enemies...then your country will be destroyed. Destroyed. It is not something that should be denied in our consideration. With is the bottom line. It is so important that almost everything else pales in significance. His sending weapons to Islamic Fundamentalist warriors to conduct war on other countries is second only to that...but it is a close second.

        September 21, 2011 at 8:27 am |
      • Sassan

        Jim, that's the whole point. With this regime, there is no mutually assured destruction threat – they embrace martyrdom and with their "hidden imam" ideology their ultimate goal is to bring death, havoc, and chaos to the world in bringing the "end of the world" – that is the core of their religious philosophies as accorded by the Hadith and the 12th Imam ideology.

        September 21, 2011 at 8:56 am |
      • Sassan

        And these maniacs are not our leaders – these are terrorists that have hijacked and destroyed our once great nation and are oppressing the Iranian people who simply want to live in freedom and democracy in a government that values human rights and complete separation of religion and government.

        September 21, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • NonZionist

      sonia writes: +( he is not invading countries like US and minding his business )+

      Iran has not attacked anyone in hundreds of years. That is why Israel and War Inc. are trying to destroy Iran. There is no profit to be made in a country that prefers peace to war.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:55 am | Reply
  34. Amandonetriedtojackmeoff

    this sh*t eating infestation of a human body needs to be broken down to soap and given to a gay bath house on a rope.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:20 am | Reply
    • GayBath

      Bath Houses use liquid soap now .. no more bar soap.. lather up

      September 21, 2011 at 9:25 am | Reply
  35. Mariee

    I can't believe we let this animal come into our country, and we let him stay in our hotels and give him interview after interview, which increases his power in Iran so he can keep rule over his people and the two hikers that have been in his jail for the last two years, I am so disappointed in our country, no wonder anyone and everyone comes over here and buys out land and companies so we loose more and more of our country, and bomb our buildings. They must laugh at us and think we are ignorant.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • SickofBullshit

      Actually Im pretty sure most of them reading your post will find your ignorance on world affairs and your tunnel vision just as funny.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:19 am | Reply
      • Faaiz Kaamil

        Excellent observation.

        September 21, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • AnitaSmiles

      Well, I suppose you can thank Barack Hussein Obama for rolling out the red carpet for terrorist Ahmadinejad. And now with the help of Barack Hussein Obama assisting Egypt and Libyan...could it be Ahmadinejad lurking for Iraq's oil?
      Are these not all terrorist, and what about Trukey, could Turkey be lurking for Israel's oil and gas opperation.
      How interesting that nearly all of the UN resolution passed condemned Israel. How many resolution passed condemning any of the Muslims human rights violation? Women are still being beaten and stoned, those who leave Islam are murdered. How is the honor system, are the countries still proud of the way husbands and fathers, brothers and uncles kill for the sake of them feeling ashamed? How can any country deal with these terrorist?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:27 am | Reply
      • LouieD

        You could also thank George Dumbellya Bush for allowing I'madinnerjacket, Qaddafi, and Hugo Chavez into the country to speak at the U.N. But Anita RepublicanDupe Smiles obviously never intended to mention that in her failed attempt to place blame solely on Barack Hussein Obama.

        September 21, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • Amir

      That's the very reason why the UN must be relocated to somewhere else, period.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:29 am | Reply
      • Parisa

        Maybe to Qom or Jamaran?! and then "Ali Geda" can be the chair! How awesome!

        September 21, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  36. RKNA

    "Lame duck" is a misnomer for the little dictator. More appropriate descriptions could be obtained by taking "DUCK" and changing one letter.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:57 am | Reply
  37. Isolated

    Kind of funny how such an article about Ahmadinejad - "Maybe he isn't so bad, after all!" - appears while the U.S. is sliding into deep economic and job problems, and while the U.S. is already preoccupied in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:54 am | Reply
  38. joe clark

    Even a "lamb duck' is best served with a fine red wine. Basted liberally with sweet and sour sauce for two hours at 300 degrees; garnished with tender red potatoes and rice and served with mixed fresh fruit. So lets get on with on with his last formal parting dinner then ship him off to jail to remember the occasion for the reminder of his sordid life !

    September 21, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  39. just me

    "The September 11 [attacks] were actually a planned game to provoke the human community's sentiments and find an excuse for launching attack on Muslim regions and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, which led to the massacre of one million innocent people,"
    "Nuclear energy is the scientific achievement of the Iranian nation... The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world.. Powerful Iran is the best friend of the neighboring states and the best guarantor of regional security,... As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map...For us, humanity is important...We have never sought to..violate the rights of any other country.. We believe that atomic energy is a blessing given by God, It's an opportunity. It is a clean energy. It is a healthy energy... In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran we do not have this phenomenon...In Iran I think nobody loses their job because of making a statement that reflects their opinion.. The UN structure is one-sided, stacked against the world of Islam... I'm not anti-Jew.. I respect them very much..They (the Western powers) launched the myth of the Holocaust. They lied, they put on a show and then they support the Jews.. Iran is ready to transfer nuclear know-how to the Islamic countries due to their need... Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury."
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    September 21, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
  40. Sassan

    Although Ahmadenijad is a terrorist, he is the greatest thing that has happened for the Iranian people and the worst thing for the illegal regime occupying Iran. Why? Ahmadenijad has single handedly united the international community against this regime. Khatami was this regime's greatest asset – if you recall, Europe and America was divided on the threat the Islamic Republic posed to the international community by showing a so called "moderate" face. In addition, Ahmadenijad's thievery in an election that was already illegitimate (since you have to be Muslim enough to run in the first place) allowed Iranians to spill in the streets for the world to know that Iranians are 100% united against this regime. I am quite confident and optimistic that in approximately 2-years when Iranians en masse hit the streets again (during the next round of fake elections as the people can use this as an excuse) that NATO and the international community will this time stand side by side with the Iranian people. The true hope for a complete secular democracy lies with Iran and the Iranian people – we have learned the hard way of the evils of Islamic rule the last 30+ years. Egypt, Tunisia, and even Turkey will not bring true secular democracy – Iran offers this hope as the Iranian people demand nothing more and nothing less than complete secular democracy.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
    • Amir

      Stop spitting lies out, instead try to get adequate information before making foolish comments. the number of people killed by the US since WWII is just beyond any other nation's capability!

      September 21, 2011 at 3:52 am | Reply
      • Sassan

        The number of people the U.S. saves every year throughout the world whether in AIDS assistance in Africa (millions of lives saved per year alone), to malaria prevention, to liberation of people against their terrorist leaders – the U.S. is on the side of freedom and democracy. No nation is perfect; you judge a nation by how much it has evolved and progressed. The sad reality is that the Iran of 2500+ years ago under Cyrus the Great had far more human rights and civil liberties accorded to the Persian people than these band of terrorist thugs and savages.

        September 21, 2011 at 4:12 am |
      • GODis

        Thank God.

        September 21, 2011 at 5:15 am |
    • dada

      like your comment. you are 100%rt.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:25 am | Reply
  41. B17

    Poor Ahmadinejad may be a lame duck. Poor baby! Maybe he can have the 12th Imam put a curse on those brain-dead clerics that are giving him trouble. More likely, Ahmadinejad will have a vision of the 12th Imam and in that vision Ahmadinejad will be told to make the clerics martyrs for the case and to blame it all on the Israelis. Ahmadinejad is not only a lame duck; his is a lame leader; a lame brain; and likely a lame lover.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:46 am | Reply
  42. Patrick

    As bad a figure as he seems, I believe that he has a redeeming quality. He used to be a school teacher. I want to see him defect. He, like all of us, has struggled with his inner demons. I am waiting....

    September 21, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • jimmymax

      You are an idiot if you think being a former teacher confers any redeeming quality on him. Al Zawahiri was a surgeon and a medical professor at Cairo University before becoming al Quaeda #1, Hey! Maybe he's really a cuddly little fellow.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  43. Discord


    September 21, 2011 at 12:27 am | Reply
    • Sherri

      Remember, this is the guy who denies the Holocaust happened, and says that Israel should be blown off the face of the earth. He is not the voice of reason. He is a fanatic of the worst sort.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:31 am | Reply
  44. Discord

    Bitches please


    September 21, 2011 at 12:25 am | Reply
  45. morpunkt

    It's all about money and who's in power in Iran.
    And the mullahs have all the moola.
    Do the math.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:22 am | Reply
  46. Christianna

    ?? No one is a lame duck once they have a nuke. The West should repent of its godless filthy secularism before getting struck by tyranny again.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:07 am | Reply
    • Kamikaze

      There's a difference between having a bomb a little more powerful then a bunker buster and an intercontinental ballistic missile. Don't get them confused.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:28 am | Reply
      • jimmymax

        Speaking of bunker busters, Israel bought a bunch of them from the US at the end of that little war with Hezbollah; I bet they'd love to "curtail" Iran's nuke program with a few carefully placed gifts.

        September 21, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  47. erich2112x

    How bout we give this all a rest until those hikers are home? Let's not stir the pot.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • John

      I say throw his a$$ in jail for crossing our border.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:28 am | Reply
  48. iranian

    interesting. too many Ahmadinejad supporters in here! he cheated in election and made himself president. he kills his own people and supports Palestinians. he is the most hateful person among iranians. I am sure most of the supporters hear are in his payroll.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • moe

      You talk like supporting Palestinians is bad thing you land grabbing Zionist crook.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Reply
      • iranian

        it is when he kidnap, murders, tortures and kills Iranians and tries to show himself saviour of human kind!

        September 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
      • Ilikepeace

        haha...zionist crooks my A**...Palestenians have proven nothing more than how good they are at being liars and back stabbing two faced illiterates. Yet, we continue to try to build a lame and wasteful relationship with them....such a waste of our time and money.

        September 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • moe

      Do not forget someone paid $500,000,000 to destabilize his country. What the USA do if china paid money to destabilize the USA.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Reply
      • iranian

        sorry dude. but i think you are on crack or something!

        September 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
      • Mark V

        We would take the money and spend it. Kind of like we have been doing for the last 15 years since China started destabilizing our us money hand over fist and dropping the value of their currency to cause further problems with our economy.

        Hopefully this answers your question.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:25 am |
    • Sarah

      The Iranian economy under Ahmedinejad is doing pretty good right now, unlike our miserable state of affairs – we here at the US of A could actually pick up a lesson or two from him.

      While i'm not a fan of the Iranian regime, nonetheless I have to admit that as much of a cokoo he is, Ahmadinejad does make some points that are historically factual. Unlike Americans, Iran hasnt invaded another country or nuked it, or bombed its infrastructure to sheds. We need to start using our brain, and stop being sheeple.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Reply
      • iranian

        this is a joke, right?!

        September 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • Adel


        September 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
      • Cyrus

        LOL Iranian Economy my butt... there are many college graduates that don't have jobs and just past week World's biggest fraud took place in Iran how much? how about $3 billion? and that's done by mullahs! you know where they got it from? from the oil they sold to china! you know how many domestic businesses have declared bankruptcy? more than half!

        Please get your facts straight

        September 21, 2011 at 12:05 am |
      • Mark V

        On 21 June 1982 Khomenini proclaimed in a speech that Iran would invade Iraq and would not stop until an Islamic Shia republic was set up in that country.

        Check Wikipedia sometime before saying Iran never invaded another country.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:28 am |
      • Mr.

        “Iran hasn’t invaded another country or nuked it, or bombed its infrastructure”
        You are right Sarah they haven’t. They just pay someone else to do it and claim they didn’t know what was happening. Iran has been funding terrorism around the world for years if not decades so if you see Ahmadinejad as someone to take pointers from, talk to the families of the protesters killed I’m sure they would appreciate your opinion.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:39 am |
      • just me

        to use it you have to have it in the first place.

        September 21, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • jimmymax

      You can be certain that his supporters are being directed to speak out in forums such as this, they pay close attention to foreign media.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:46 am | Reply
  49. moe

    Ahmadinejad is the only dude with some ballz to stand up to the world bully the USA. You toppled their democracy in 54 to steal their oil and installed a oppressive dictator for 25 years. then you sanction them for another 30 years. 2007 bush approves 500,000,000 to the CIA to Destabilize Iran. The USA killed one million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. You tell me who is evil. America backs a Apartheid land grabbing State Israel and Iran simply helps them like they helped Lebanon get their land that was stolen back from Israel.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Arash Parsi

      You moron conveniently forget or are so stupid to know the history. Back in 1953 in Iran, it was Ayatollah Kashani, the head of terrorist Islamist Fadayian E Eslam, who led forces opposed to Mossadegh and organized the mob toppling government after CIA had failed in their attempt and Shah had fled 3 days before. Talibans are killing more Moslem Afghan civilians every days than any Nato forces. Before they stoned women and terrorized people. Today Khamenei and his corrupt Islamists deputies who are depriving people of Iran their freedom and their economic opportunities. I agree US should get of region and let stupidities take its natural courses. Iranian people are already past the Islamism era are looking and fighting for a secular society. They have realized what Islamists done to them. They set the start of trend of peaceful protests against despotism of any kind in 2009 which was temporarily suppressed. They will eventually succeed and will lead again other people in the region.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:06 am | Reply
  50. Tr1Xen

    He's got a pair coming here... Somebody's liable to give him a "Dallas style welcome" in NYC.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • jimmymax

      Maybe they should hold him hostage until the hikers are released. Only problem is, the clerics might say "You can keep him!"

      September 21, 2011 at 1:48 am | Reply
  51. Dick Tooth

    I'm Iron like Lion IN Zion, Bitches! Hang in there boys, We, as a species, are headed for a major transformation. Maybe one day we will work to help one another grow 🙂

    September 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  52. Jimzcarz

    Boy, ole Ackmahandjob sure does like to hear himself speak out of both sides of his mouth.

    September 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  53. darkos

    just kill the jew scumbags, muster some balls ahmedinejad or pisss off you jew stooge coward

    September 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  54. marine5484

    He is more of a puppet for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei then a lame duck. The Ayatollah will not let him say or do anything that he does not approve of.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  55. Dee

    Now, to say that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is a lame duck is not entirely Accurate.... What happens when you put a very highly religious person in Government and tell him NOT to use his beliefs to influence his judgements? This particular man has extreme Islamic belief, which is not a bad thing unless he believes that an eye for an eye applies to "all" Americans. The truth is Allah, or God or whoever the supreme being is left us one VERY important gift, they left us the ability to make our OWN choices and to determine good from bad. The good or bad determination comes from experiences in life (What each individual learns). The real question is... Who can really tell if Mahmoud will use his ambitions to influence his judgements? Who can really explain to a devout man in Islam that we are not all Infidels but we are United to Live to create and to apply our given beliefs as only each and every one of our experiences would lead us to decide? I do not defend a foolish person but who are we to Judge when that person does not know any better? The person needed here is a person who can convince regardless of religion that the ideological beliefs of a person should not determine the judgement by people or a group of people that this person is evil or good, but fair and just so many may live and few will die. Mahmoud needs this or his And Kim Jong's Nuclear ambitions will kill millions.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Reply
    • jimmymax

      Dee, I'd like to turn you and all the camel jockeys like you, in the s–t hole desert countries in which you live, into a giant sheet of pink glass. Nothing personal.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:50 am | Reply
  56. prplsr

    just execute the 2 jew parasite terrorists so we dont have to hear about it nomore. show no mercy to any jew parasite otherwise they will see that as a weakness to exploit as they are trying right now

    September 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • moe

      Ahmadinejad is the only dude with some ballz to stand up the world bully the USA. You toppled their democracy in 54 to steal their oil and installed a oppressive dictator for 25 years. then you sanction them for another 30 years. 2007 bush approves 500,000,000 to the CIA to Destabilize Iran. The USA killed one million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. You tell me who is evil.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Reply
      • Cyrus


        September 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
      • ant

        Yep. America is evil all right. But they wont touch Iran because the end result would be castrophic. Russia has Irans backed. You know Russia an China are getting sick of NATO ( america) west invading the middle east.

        September 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • citizenmn

      What's wrong with you? Of the three hikers, two are Christians and one is Jewish, however, all three are innocent Americans who did a stupid thing.
      Moe, you must be kidding if you think this regime is better than the shah. The Islamic regime has been far more brutal and oppressive than the shah ever was.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  57. citizenmn

    Do Iranians still think this Islamic trash is better than the shah?

    September 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • hawaiiduude

      it's better than judeo trash running so called israel...

      September 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Islamic trash???

      September 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus

      Shah was a dictator, but he was leading Iran to the right direction. People still had their personal freedom. And those that disagree with me should know, even so, people still had more freedom than they do now. The country was becoming industrialized.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • iranIran

      Most Iranians not very religious...besides that Islam is oppressive- but don't let that stop u guys from kissing some nasty saudi ass

      September 21, 2011 at 12:45 am | Reply
  58. rik

    Death to theocracies.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Eradicate Islam

      Hear hear.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  59. Jim970

    Ahmadinejad a lame duck? Sounds reasonable. He has been a lame brain for some time. Duck sounds like a logical follow on with lame "donkey" a very close second.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
    • Derek

      I'd prefer "dead duck".

      September 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  60. cpc65

    Lame Brain Duck is more like it.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  61. Divune

    September 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • Ahmedinejad


      September 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  62. edvhou812

    He looks like a chimp.

    September 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  63. Massive Marbles

    The only reason he is still alive is because he's a CIA puppet...ooops sorry dude.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  64. tkse1232mdewss

    Ahmadinejad is serious sh*t face.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  65. ymr

    Down with Iran .Get saudis a nuke to finish them off for us.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • tkse1232mdewss

      you are more f***** up than Ahmadinejad

      September 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Reply
      • Don Cramer

        he is really fucked up

        September 21, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • Marcus

      Saudi Arabia is on it's way out...the USA will need to make a closer alliance with Iran.

      September 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • thegame

      Go back to your trailer park and smoke another one idiot.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  66. Laughing

    this article is pure buIIshyt.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • LouD

      The article is excellent. Most dimwitted Americans don't know a thing about Iran or Iranian politics. They don't know why Iran quite properly hates us, and they think Ahmadinejad is some kind of Hitler. Unfortunately, our congressmen aren't much more informed than they are.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
      • Mark V

        A more accurate statement is that we simply don't care if they hate us. Just like every other country that hates us, they would be the first begging for our help if another more powerful country invaded them. If you don't want us to help, stop asking.

        As an example, we didn't jump in with both feet immediately on the Libyan civil war (which is what it was) and we took flack from all sides about NOT providing immediate support for the rebel side. If we had, we would have gotten flack for being imperialist western pigs.

        Wake up and learn something outside of what your hippie culture college teachers tell you is true.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • moenyc

      Ahmadinejad was elected he has not killed one million people like George W. Bush go talk crap about him first before you can even mention Ahmadinejad. America has become a warmonger of a country you people are blinded with hate with the media propaganda built in you're war machine controlled by AIPAC. Just because Iran does not take you're bullying does not mean you people are right. Iran has not attacked a single country in over 300 years. America has been in over a 100 wars. You need to look at you're self in the mirror first.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Reply
      • roya1230

        He has a point you know

        September 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
      • JH33

        What was the Iraq/Iran war in the 80's? Sure seemed like some attacking was going on to me. And haven't they found Iranian weapons in Iraq lately? Just because a country doesn't have any balls to act tough doesn't mean it's not causing trouble. Iran is stiring the pot just as much as the US does, the deference is the US stands out and stands up for what they/we believe in and protects our interest abroad. Right or wrong it is what it is, get over it. Iran just does all the same things in the middle east just sneaky. Just do play Iran as a peaceful nice and socially right country. Nobodies buying it tonight!

        September 21, 2011 at 12:39 am |
      • Mark V

        Campaign of 1826

        Although there was no formal declaration of war, a 35,000-strong Persian army, led by Abbas Mirza, crossed the border on 16 July and invaded the Khanates of Talysh and Karabakh. The Khans quickly switched sides and surrendered their principal cities — Lenkoran, Quba, Baku — to the Persians. Aleksey Yermolov, Russia's General Governor of Caucasus, feeling that he did not have sufficient resources to counter the invasion, refused to commit Russian troops to battle and ordered Ganja, the most populous city in the Southern Caucasus, to be abandoned. In Shusha, a small Russian garrison managed to hold out until 5 September when General Madatov's reinforcement arrived to their relief.

        Just in case you weren't clear, Iran is PERSIA. Persia has a wonderfully long history, much longer than ours, of starting wars and invading countries. Also, in case your math is insufficient, 2011-1826 is 185 years. They were also fighting the Ottoman Turks during the same time frame.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:42 am |
      • Ali

        Iran started the war in1980 when Ayatoulah wanted to export his Islamic revolution .

        September 21, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  67. tkse1232mdewss

    This guy sound like, looks like bad news all the time.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  68. OMG NO WAY


    Remove the self-rightous Imam and let Ahmedinejad rule in Iran. Despite the propaganda you see about him "hating jews" and being a Tyrant none of it is correct.

    He looks like a bum because he refuses to take his presidential pay, he lives in a run-down house in Tehran, and only receives payments from lectures at a University, which is around 250 USD a month.

    Is that bad? When Bush and Cheeny steal hundreds of millions from America there fine, if this humble man doesn't take anything he's a dumb**s? Yea okay...

    September 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • Ali

      you are very simple minded,

      September 21, 2011 at 9:25 am | Reply
  69. Joe

    "Lame Duck"?????? Close. Very close, just one letter off.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  70. Jim

    It'd be better if he was a "dead duck"

    September 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      I agree 100%

      September 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  71. Dan

    Is it just me or does this guy always look like a bum?

    September 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • gil

      He looks like a cab driver.

      September 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        I also think he looks like he could use a couple of bullets to the head and if he's not too sure what I'm talking about he could always ask Bin Laden.

        September 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • laila

      better to look like a bum than a killer.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Reply
      • Mark V

        Actually, I think I would prefer to look like a killer. People tend to be more fearful of them than they are of bums.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  72. Ali

    Hmadinejad has claimed several times that he has spiritual link to hidden Imam who is suppose to reappears and clean up the mess in world, but there is prerequisite for his reappearance, and Ahmadinejad believes that it is his mission to prepare the condition for Imam’s come back, When Ahmadinejad was in UN in 2008 he claimed that he was engulfed in ray of light which in his interoperation was the hidden Imam’s protective shield securing him while he was speaking. A person that is inflicted by such belief and commitment mass destruction is very acceptable and justified.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Sassan

      Exactly! With their "hidden imam ideology" and their ambitions for nuclear weapons – these maniacs want to start a world war in which 2/3rd of humanity dies through havoc, chaos, and famine. It is a part of their core ideology in accordance with the Hadith and the "imam mahdi" or "hidden imam" ideology

      September 21, 2011 at 4:03 am | Reply
  73. iranrocks

    whats with the question marks? i wasnt asking i was telling

    September 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  74. iranrocks

    I cant believe how much the media hs influenced our opinion of iran and its leaders....ahmadinajad is a very bright and intelligent leader i watched him speak at coloumbia a couple of years back and i was very impressed....i cant believe how badly our media had distorted his image..this man still has the courage to come here and face his accusers...things arent always what they seem.. sometimes its a good idea to research things before you make a wild and unsubstantiated opinion...dont be sheep...another thing to do would be to check the death count between israel and might be surprised what you find

    September 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • Buddha1127

      Do you also support Hezbollah? Do you also agree with Iran that Israel should be wiped off the map? Or do you just like supporting Tryants in general?

      September 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • varun

      @Buddha, you're not that enlightened....Ahmadinejad never said Israel should be wiped off the map. Your news sources should be more than McCain rhetoric. Do your research. Get your facts right. Don't let your objectviity be clouded by your bias.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply
      • Sassan

        He absolutely did and he says it all the time in Farsi too when he gives nonsense speeches. How far do you scum go to lie for a terrorist? You make me sick.

        September 21, 2011 at 4:00 am |
      • Sassan

        In fact, not only does he talk about wiping out Israel – these maniacs do not recognize Israel's existence – and with their "hidden imam ideology" and their ambitions for nuclear weapons – these maniacs want to start a world war in which 2/3rd of humanity dies through havoc, chaos, and famine. It is a part of their core ideology in accordance with the Hadith and the "imam mahdi" or "hidden imam" ideology

        September 21, 2011 at 4:02 am |
  75. Adam

    People who talk smack about Ahmadinejad know jack sh** about Iran or Ahmadinejad.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • moenyc

      He is not a Terrorist he helped Lebanon get back it land from the Apartheid land grabbing Israel. They mite be terrorist to you Zionist but to 80% they are called freedom fighters!!!

      September 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Reply
      • Mark V

        Winners write the history books, so they are terrorists.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  76. james

    Why would we let this terrorist supporting tyrant into our country?

    September 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      With the United Nations headquarters in NY, US is obligated to grant visa to every member country's delegation so that they could attend UN meetings. This visa is not for the rest of US and is not a choice of US irrespective of US relationship with that country.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  77. Dirk

    A Lame Duck in charge of a Lame Duck Nation.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Iran a 7 thousand year old country is by far a lame duck nation, nobody in the pentagon is considering an invasion or attack on Iran because they know it would not be winnable and soo catastrophic in the scale of damage that will happen. You need to keep you uneducated mouth shut.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • jdoh

        well adam, you under estimate the true power of the united state navy. if and at any time the u.s. wants to shut down all air travel to iran on its southern sphere there is no match for forward u.s. combat aircraft like it or not my boy thats common knowledge through out the world !

        September 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
      • Fernando

        Well, Iran does posses a very impressive and highly technological military... if we were still living in the 1950's that is. Hahaha!

        September 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
      • Mark V

        No one is considering it because we are tied up in two other countries and, at this time, Iran is doing nothing worthy of an invasion.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  78. Marek

    I think Roya Hakakian over at Huffpo effectively and humorously gives him his due "If April is the cruelest month, then September is the strangest. Strangest, that is, for Iranian-Americans. It's the month that brings Iran's mortifier-in-chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to New York City for the UN General Assembly. "

    September 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      Ahmadinejad calls for geopolitics to be put on a moral footing, so that geopoliticians might take into account the human beings they affect. Why do you find his position "mortifying"?

      September 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  79. Mike B

    One more year and you turban headed JACKASSES will know the meaning of democracy, and who controls it!!!

    September 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  80. General William Westmoreland

    Not a lame duck, just lame

    September 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  81. hammond

    Ahmadinejad is truthful person i respect him

    September 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      That's why so many here despise Ahmadinejad and fear him. What they really fear are their own skeletons.

      September 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  82. capnmike

    This lying dirtbag tyrant should be a DEAD DUCK.

    September 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • bonesbone

      He's a dick....

      September 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
      • Don

        I agree, but he's a "Lame Dick"! a duck is too dignified.....

        September 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  83. Mark L.

    I want Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to simply BURN IN HELL !!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  84. danny

    If Iran is in such a crisis, why all westerns are fear of Iran and its influence in the region and even in US? I think this is west that is in crisis.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      Every Iranian citizen now receives a stipend of $40 per month. The sanctions have forced Iranians to become self-reliant: While we Americans ship our jobs to India, Iranians bring jobs home. Finally, the sanctions insulate Iran from the global economic collapse.

      Mr. Ahmadinejad's reforms amount to a massive redistribution of his country's wealth, since his government and the IMF say the energy subsidies largely benefited Iran's wealthy ruling classes. The president is using his government's savings to transfer to most Iranian households the equivalent of $40 per month to offset higher local prices and international sanctions, while trying to stimulate the domestic economy.
      - "IMF recognizes Iran's economic progress despite targeted sanctions", 22 Aug 2011, US-Iran org

      September 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
      • Masoud

        I am an Iranian, looking and following daily political course, also not a Zionist. This guy has no dignity. Lies like no one. The cut in subsidiary is an overdue project that he tries to perform in the worse way. That 40$ also you should have some more information about. Poverty line in big cities in Iran is 1000$.

        September 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  85. Israel

    Iran has been changing its policy and its rhetoric, this is the reason why they have been left alone lately by the world. They are still not governed by good, instead by fear. This is why Iran will never make good for their own people until Khameni is out along with Adjanadajad

    September 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Faaiz Kaamil

      left alone by the world. Let us see how many countries recognize Iran in comparison with Iran. You arrogant fool.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • Faaiz Kaamil

        in comparison with Israel.

        September 21, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  86. Omid Omidvar E2 Channel

    I like Ahmadinejad because he is against jews. I like and think that Communism is the best solution for Iran. Long live communist struggle against Iran! Watch my show every night on E2 Channel!

    September 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Anti-Racist

      You are a moron. You LIKE him because he hate Jews. Hey, Hitler called and he wants his brain back. Also, communism in Iran will be worst than communism anywhere else. It will never work, and if it happens it will destroy the county alltogether. You are an idiot though for hating people based on their personal beliefs.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • kretos

      Ahmedinejad isnt against jews he is against zionists. there are many jews stand with ahmedinajad

      September 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  87. Majnoon

    FU CK him and Khamenei who are destroying Iran and killing the innocents. One day soon, these mother fu ckers will pay for their crimes against humanity. I hope they are burnt crispy in the bon fires set all over Iran. Death to Khamenei, AhmadiNejad, Larijani borthers, Rafsanjani who gave Khamenei his position, all mullahs, secret police, IRGC, sepah members and everyone else who is involved. Damn Islam which is the filthiest religion with Mohammad as a head child molester and Ali who succeeded him as one of the attackers of Iran who killed many, raped women and destroyed Iran and its national treasures centuries ago.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Al

      Majnoon, you truly are. A piece of filth too.

      September 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Dick Tooth

      Well...his name does mean crazy.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • Sassan

      I concur with your feelings Majnoon joon, but don't let the hatred eat you alive. These terrorists will one day have to face justice – the justice they denied fellow Iranians all these years – but I hope for them to face justice in front of the international court at the Hague so that their crimes can be displayed in front of the whole world.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:58 am | Reply
  88. Rebecca

    I don't know why we even let this scum sucking pig in our country after all his threats on Israel and the US. Kick all the Islam lovers back to their own country,.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      @Rebecca You need to go back to your country too. It is not your either.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • NonZionist

      What threats to Israel and the U.S., Rebecca? He predicted that the Israeli regime would fall, as other repressive regimes have fallen, but a prediction and a threat are two different things: Learn the difference.

      Ahmadinejad has also called the murderous regime in Israel a corpse. How is it even possible to threaten a corpse? The thing is ALREADY dead. In the case of Israel, this spiritual death occurred on 09 Apr 1948, when Menachem Begin's Irgun terrorists butchered the innocent people of Deir Yassin.

      September 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        Please keep in mind that, with the United Nations headquarters in NY, US is obligated to grant visa to every member country's delegation so that they could attend UN meetings. This visa is not for the rest of US and is not a choice of US irrespective of US relationship with that country.

        September 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
      • Mark V

        It's one heck of a bad@ss zombie corpse then, seeing as how it is still kicking the tail of any country that steps to it.

        September 21, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • Robert

      Please keep in mind that, with the United Nations headquarters in NY, US is obligated to grant visa to every member country's delegation so that they could attend UN meetings. This visa is not for the rest of US and is not a choice of US irrespective of US relationship with that country.

      September 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • Faaiz Kaamil

      Kick one if you can. You arrogant woman!

      September 21, 2011 at 2:53 am | Reply
  89. White Dude , Bay Area, Ca

    Why is The US afraid of Iran? We have the poor folks surrounded.Iraq, turkey, Azerbaijan , Afghanistan , and covertly in Pakistan, Kuwait[along with the entire Persian Gulf Cooperation Council]. The crazy commentary of ahmedinejad is appropriate. They are afraid, like a pitbull. Rightfully so indeed.
    Iran's leadership does take advantage of poor working folk to spread their hegemony [Hammas, Hezbollah , and there minority brethren, the Alawites in Syria, and the Shia majority[folk] of Bahrain ] They do need a firewall from the US. The Israel bashing stems from needed garnishment of support of ANY
    neighbor. If they didnt hate Israel, the Arabs would have culled them decades ago .
    I anticipate the day of Iran's military theocracy, veiled by Islam to fall. Almost the entire world will be grateful for culling this thorn of a govt.

    Syrians[Sunnis] , Lebanese , Turks , and the rest of the Sunnis in the region need to throw more elbow into Syria to overthrow al-Assad . You folks have the power and support of the world. Step it up in Syria! Keep the united states out of it. If we help, we still look bad in your region.Momentum is being lost. Iran will lose its expanding crescent, then their govt will

    The Zionists need to give back the land[pre '67] to the natives. I refer to them as Zionists for expanding more. They were handed that land and still wanted more more.
    All Jews aren't Zionists, but in Israel, they are.
    I would cozy up a little to the Sunnis if I was Netanyahu . He is surrounded as well.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      They wanted more? I thought they were behaving themselves perfectly fine up until 1967 even when nearly all the countries in the area we're launching attacks against Israel. Enter in Egypt attacking, Israel kicks their butt and in turn KEEPS the land. Just like the old adage, to the VICTOR goes the spoils (or something like that). If it weren't for the strategic nature of the newly acquired land, I have little doubt Israel would have given it back somewhere over the course of the last 45 years.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • reasonable white dude ur awesome

      That's the first reasonable, well thought, statement I've heard in a while. Did you work as a spook or something. You really do know your sh&t. I wish ppl in the white house actually listened to you or folk like you. Hopefully what you speak will actually come to fruition sooner than later.

      September 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  90. Negar

    what you have written about Iran's economy is not true, at least look at IMF's report. Ahmadinejad's reform plan for economy really works. I praise him because in spite of all problems, pressure by clerical system, and difficulties he works very hard for development of Iran.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  91. suzi

    Iran is better than the whole arab world...the power struggle sounds like western democracy...conservative vs liberals

    September 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  92. Zoglet

    A CNN article in which they are sticking the boot into Iran and Ahmadinejad- surely not????? (sarcasm)

    September 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  93. Nisroc

    The should arrest him for illegally crossing the border, throw him in prison for 2 years and then charge him 1 million bail paid before he is released

    September 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • Faaiz Kaamil

      Be part of the real world.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:54 am | Reply
  94. Blutto

    More like a Lame Phuck.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • svscnn

      Isn't that a Vietnamese soup?

      September 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  95. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Iran's theocracy is doomed. It is known. Eventually the regime will be toppled. It is known.

    September 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  96. JOE

    While peace in the Middle East is still in a stalemate, I wonder if any heads of state has ever made an effort to try to convince North and South Korea to unite as one. The Berlin Wall took several decades but eventually came tumbling down, leaving hope for North and South Korea. But maybe I'm too optimistic. I believe that all it takes is a pen and a peace of paper, so North and South, why not go ahead with it. Maybe this would be a good way of showing GWB that NK is no "axels of Evil."

    September 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  97. prplsr

    ahmedinejad doesnt owe u jew scum anything, esp now jew vermin terrorist mossad. should have hung them both on a high crane long ago. this is for kidnapping iranian nuclear scientist last year

    September 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • show and tell......

      lol your a jackwagon

      September 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • lala

      Let me guess.....

      September 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • FlyGuy71

      What a hateful fool you are prplsr! Your rants make me giggle.

      September 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • Charlotte

      Why don't you try out the new and fashionable turban that comes with it's own built-in, mind blowing, power surge and tell us what Jews look like then...?

      September 21, 2011 at 6:11 am | Reply
  98. Johnna

    They're all a bunch of towel headed losers.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  99. Cando

    It seems that religion never makes a good government. Yet, the moral and ethical values supported by most religions are essential.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • ukt87

      What is good government now a days after the US debt crisis.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
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