Monday, August 2, 2010
Ahmadinejad wants to debate Obama
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is challenging President Obama to a debate.
I don't think I can recall one time I've ever agreed with Ahmadinejad on anything. But a debate with Obama sounds like a great idea.
I didn't like it when he called Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, out for a debate. Because, frankly, I wasn't sure Bush was up to the task. But Obama - now that's a different story.
A debate between the two would sever many purposes. The results could only be good for the United States - and the rest of the world that is trying to hold Iran's feet to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty fire.
First it would serve to expose Iran further for its failure to adhere to the treaty. The fact that Iran has been continuing to develop its nuclear program absent the kind of free and unfettered inspection by the IAEA that the treaty requires.
It would also serve to firm up Obama's bona fides with the rest of the world over how strongly the United States stands in its opposition to Iran's nuclear weapons aspirations.
Obama, frankly, has sent mixed messages with regard to the Middle East since he's become president. There are those, most notably Israel and its supporters, who are wondering whether - push come to shove - Obama will stand firmly with that ally should a conflict over Iran's nuke program ever become necessary.
This debate would give the president a chance to show - in very public and unambiguous terms - what his administration's policy truly is with regard to Iran and the Middle East. And an opportunity to really contrast the U.S. style with Ahmadinejad's and what he represents.