Wednesday, September 20, 2006
President's Day
It's an odd kind of President's Day at CNN today. President Bush and Iranian President Ahmadinenjad. Wolf Blitzer talked to President Bush for the Situation Room, and later tonight on 360 Anderson interviews Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In his interview, Wolf asked Bush the straightforward question: Why not just meet with the Iranian president since they were both in New York? If averting a nuclear standoff is so important, and who thinks it isn't, then why don't they simply meet face-to-face? Anderson will get Ahmadinejad's reaction to that, and will ask him about his speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday.

It looks like the two leaders are a long way from meeting face-to-face, so our two interviews, shot just hours apart, are as close as we're going to get to them addressing each other directly.

Though he has been far more strident in the past, calling for the eradication of Israel, for example, Ahmadinejad was unflinching in front of the United Nations. Bush says you've got to assume he means what he says. In a world at war, every word counts. What do you want to hear from Iran's president tonight?
Posted By David Doss, "360" Executive Producer: 4:52 PM ET
How does he see an alliance between Iran and Iraq developing? Does he feel threatened by Russia/China or does he view them as future partners?
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista, ar : 5:55 PM ET
I would like someone to ask Ahmadinejad flat out if he was involved in the taking of the hostages from the American Embassy in 1980. Many people believe he was, and if he was, I see no reason as to why he can't be put under arrest while in the USA
Posted By Anonymous James, Farmingdale, NY : 5:58 PM ET
What I would like to know from President Ahmadinenjad: 1) In what way would Iran react to a United States military strike against Iran's nuclear program? 2) If the United States conceded and allowed a nuclear Iran, would Iran commit to not pre-emptively use its nuclear arms or provide them to groups that would? 3) Do you condemn or support acts of terrorism against the West and Israel?
Posted By Anonymous Sean, Budapest, Hungary : 6:02 PM ET
Hi David,
The Iranian President stated in his Time magazine interview that he views his relationship with Iraq as a long lasting one which will continue after the US leaves. Therefore, I would love to know what he sees as his role in the cessation of violence between Sunni and Shiite factions there. Does he fear that the violence will spread to other countries in the region and how would he facilitate change?

Good luck Anderson- I can't wait to see the interview!!
Posted By Anonymous Pamina, Pittsford, New York : 6:05 PM ET
I really wish our media would stop trying to label the man a lunatic because of his stance on Israel. STOP mis-quoting him!

You say he has called for the eradication of Israel, but you fail to mention the previous 3 sentences he speaks where he states "IF ISRAEL ATTACKS IRAN". Yet you give the impression that he just wakes up in the morning and demands the end of Israel.

President Bush's Patriot Act strips Americans rights on a daily basis, and you focus on things that very rarely are ever confirmed 100%.
Posted By Anonymous Jon S., Denver Colorado : 6:09 PM ET
I think it is important that the President of Iran addresses the human rights violations in Iran. If President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks so much about peace and justice at the UN yesterday, why are political prisoners still behind bars? Or women considered property of men? Why can't teenangers start up a band?
Posted By Anonymous Danny Nikbakht, Dix Hills, NY : 6:12 PM ET
I would like to know why Nuclear Energy is so important to a nation that will feel no economic benefits, no direct social reform, nor any real power advantages from this action? President Ahmadinejad doesn't have compasion for a nation, just self-proclaiming compassion for an issue to propell his own legacy. This isn't an issue about 'freedom of nuclear energy' but and issue about Mid-East Peace. Bring Peace to the table, Mr. Ahmadinejad, foster a new Mid-East platform as leader with this energy, but proclaim your 'right' for nuclear energy when you tout bloodshed for a nation recognized in the very organization you are in New York to seek justice and you will lose. For you have lost the sheath that covers your very intentions sir!
Posted By Anonymous Ryan, Belleville, Ontario : 6:23 PM ET
I watched the CNN coverage and thought that President Ahmadinejad actually did a pretty good job of presenting a vision of the Middle East that is oppressed by others (most notably Israel and the U.S.) and just trying to survive and thrive, in ways that the West already enjoys. Although I do not support Iran, in some ways he did have a point about other countries wanting to promote democracy and then nullifying the democratic choices that those people make (eg. arresting elected Palestinian officials, but not charging them with crimes), when they don't think those choices were appropriate.

As well he showed a good use of irony when talking about the nation that would prevent Iran's development of nuclear technology being the same nation that has used weapons of mass distruction on others. Why should Iran trust that the U.S. would not use weapons of mass destruction on Iran- is our word good enough for them? We certainly don't seem to trust the word of other nations.

I think one of Anderson's analysts made an excellent point about what does it matter what Westerners think and believe when billions of Muslims potentially see the world with Ahmadinejad's eyes. We need to get beyond a war of words and bullets and bombs and move towards positive action in the Middle East. Middle Eastern values and perspectives must be understood before any forward momentum and lasting peace can be achieved. President Bush is not helping the situation by lumping all Muslims together, and using hateful language like "fascist Muslims" (how would I like to be told that because I am Protestant with strong beliefs, I am therefore a fascist)?

I would like to know just how Iran will back up it's intention of being open, honest and upfront with the world groups that would monitor and evaluate Irans development of peaceful nuclear technology. Ahmadinejad speaks of love of god and the hope of peace - how does he plan to bring his leadership skills to bring those goals to pass, instead of just talking about it?
Posted By Anonymous Jacquie, Calgary, Alberta, Canada : 6:33 PM ET
Everyone has probably been asking about the topic on Iran and the rest of the world. What does President Ahmadinejad thinks and feel about President Bush personally? Does he feel any animosity towards Bush and his Administration?
Posted By Anonymous Roy Budiantara, Vancouver, British Columbia : 6:36 PM ET
I'd like to know what his vision is for the future in the Middle East. What does he claim to want? Iranian domination? Peace? The eradication of Israel? What does this man want?
Posted By Anonymous Josh, St. Louis, Missouri : 6:38 PM ET
I want to know why he continues to persecute the Baha'is in such brutal ways. His record on Religious Freedom is atrocious.

Thanks for asking the tough questions.

Laura Walker
Posted By Anonymous Albuquerque, New Mexico : 6:45 PM ET
What message does the Iranian President have for Iranian-Americans who live in the United States and are sympathetic to both countries? What would he suggest we do?
Posted By Anonymous Barry Los Angeles, CA : 6:50 PM ET
Hey David: For one thing I'd like to know why his country was having widely publicized 'War Games', when he was vehemently denying wanting nuclear power for making the ultimate weapon. It seems to me it was a pretty stupid move on his part. If there was any doubt before there was none in my mind after watching that.
Posted By Anonymous Bev Ontario, Canada. : 6:56 PM ET
I want the Iranian president to know that some Americas believe his country should have the ability to operate as any western country. This includes the right to nuclear energy and even nuclear weapons. However, any action against the United States by a foreign power would unite the US against that country or countries.
Similarly, he must ask fellow muslims to prove their religion is peaceful through action. The current extremist attitude in the middle east will lead to war. If not with western countries, then within their own boarders.
Posted By Anonymous Patrick McNeillie, Chapel Hill NC : 6:57 PM ET
I want CNN to ask Pres. Ahmadinejad this: "As a measure of good faith and to avert a bloody show down with he west, what do you have to lose by suspending the enrichment for two or three months, and start talking to the group 5+1? It's not like your reactors are currently waiting for the fuel!"
Posted By Anonymous Vahid, Sunnyvale, CA : 7:16 PM ET
Hi David-
You ask,"What do we WANT to hear from Iran's president tonight?" I haven't heard what I WANTED to hear from a leader of any country, including the U.S., in a very long time. Even Pope Benedict can't seem to get it right. Is this a sign of the times? Must every leader be a divider? It is beyond my comprehension why anyone would want to fight about religion. It seems to me that we all have one creator. I know, that's just way too simple but that is how I feel. What I WANT to hear from Presidnet Ahmadinejad and all other world leaders is how we can all live together in peace. How can we dissolve the anger, hatred and violence toward our fellow humans? How do we plant and cultivate compassion, kindness and love? When will we learn that it is easier to love than to hate? I know, I know, this would be way too simple, but I can dream.
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 7:24 PM ET
Mr. President,

Do you agree with the statement that "all must convert to Islam or die by the sword"?

Or, can other belief systems (besides Islam) continue to exist on this earth in peace - if the situation is right? How do you visualize that "right situation"?
Posted By Anonymous Christopher, Phoenix, AZ : 7:25 PM ET
Why Does CNN give such openly anti-american, anti-semitic, extremist leaders of puppet countries the courtesy and "kid glove" treatment (not to mention 10 to 1 the favorable press coverage) over their own sitting president? It's pathetic to see Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper run around gaga over these despicable excuses for human beings. Grow up guys. Report the news without your left leaning biases and be american at the same time. If you don't think we are in a war for survival of the democratic process, you should consider moving CNN to Iran.
Posted By Anonymous D Brockhouse, San Antonio, Texas : 7:39 PM ET
Why you even gave Ahmadinejad airtime is ridiculous. And...the U.S. government does not, and should not negotiate with heads of state who sponsor terrorism.
Posted By Anonymous Joe, Chicago, IL : 7:39 PM ET
If he has nothing to hide then why not let U.N. inspectors in to clarify that his nuclear program is indeed intended only for peaceful purposes.
Posted By Anonymous Eddie Milwaukee, WI : 7:43 PM ET
I want to hear him say, "I give up."
Posted By Anonymous Del, Portland, OR : 7:53 PM ET
Ahmadinejad used the term monotheism multiple times in his address of the UN yesterday. Doses this refer to Islam's desire to convert all people to Islam by any means including violence. Could you ask Mr. Ahmadinejad exactly what he means by monotheism?
Posted By Anonymous Joel Skowron, Hartford, WI : 7:55 PM ET
The Iranian President may be very radical in his views when seen through Western eyes,however evil or distorted it may seem, give him credit for speaking his mind. Very few politicians would ever dare risk thir career to do that...
Posted By Anonymous Shariati, Vancouver, BC : 8:02 PM ET
My question to President Ahmadinenjad would be to ask, directly, has Iran provided missles and other weapons to Hezbollah in the past, and do they intend to provide missles and other weapons in the future in the face of an International blockade against such transfers?
Posted By Anonymous Rob Bruck, Boca Raton, Florida : 8:11 PM ET
If Iran is so "civilized" and "free," why are women being executed by stoning? Why is there no talk of this part of the new Iran?
Posted By Anonymous Joel Rusell, NY, NY : 8:11 PM ET
two men meeting face to face is better than 2500 men dying...
Posted By Anonymous michael castillo, long beach, CA : 8:19 PM ET
I would like to know what his long term plans on, what he sees for his country in the near future.

Most leaders have a vision for their country before they are actually in office. Tony Blair wrote "New Britain" which described his vision for Britain before he ran for Prime Minister. President Clinton had one as well.

Also, his thinking on why President Bush won't talk with him, which I personally think is foolish. Dialogue is a necessity, more with our enemies than our allies. It's not supposed to be a reward for favorable behavior. Problems are harder to solve without dialogue. Diplomacy is impossible without it.

Congratulations to Anderson for doing this interview; at least someone from our country is willing to converse with the Iranian President.

I look forward to AC360 tonight.
Posted By Anonymous Christina, Windber, PA : 8:32 PM ET
I would love to hear an answer to the following:
You've named your government's work in nuclear energy as being quite blameless and transparent, leaving the impression that you've been cooperative with those wishing to inspect that project. Why, then, are inspectors not allowed to freely see your country's nuclear facilities? And forgive me if I'm wrong, but why are they not allowed to speak to your top scientists?
What assurance can you give the rest of the world that your country is not working to develop nuclear arms?
What is your opinion on Israel neighboring countries firing into her borders and kidnapping soldiers in order to conduct prisoner exchanges? Why is Israel considered an agressor when a number of countries and groups will not recognize its existence as a state and even call for its annihilation? Woudln't this be more a situation of self-defense?
Posted By Anonymous Angelica, Virginia Beach, VA : 8:34 PM ET
Why does he think God likes one race or relegion over another, since he has created them all.

Posted By Anonymous Calgary, Alberta, Canada : 8:38 PM ET
I want Anderson to ask the Iranian president to emphasize what he mean by wiping Israel of the face of the map. And how he intends to do that, if not with nuclear weapons.
Posted By Anonymous Boston, MA : 8:38 PM ET
I would like to hear from Ahmadinenjad that he is not seeking to bring about the end of the world, that he is not seeking to cover the world with blood, and that he is not going to pursue policies that will lead to the destruction of Israel and other countries who do not hold to his version of Islam. Based upon what he has said in numerous speeches, these are his objectives.
Posted By Anonymous Michael Schutz, West Grove, PA : 8:56 PM ET
Will the world ever reach a point where reason will have a greater influence in politics, the economy and social life than religious extremism, both in Iran or in the United States?
Posted By Anonymous Nooshin Mahalia, Roanoke, Virginia : 8:58 PM ET
I would like the President of Iran to express his views on the U.S.
1. Aiding Iraq against Iran during the 1980s, contributing to the death of perhaps hundreds of thousands of Iranians.
2. Recently invading two countries on its borders.
3. Putting the Shah in power during a 1952 CIA aided coup.

Do these events affect his calculation of Iran's national security?

I would be interested in hearing his answer to this question, though I know the question will not be asked.


Richard Carroll
Posted By Anonymous Richard Carroll Silver Spring Maryland : 9:00 PM ET
I would love to know if Ahmadidenjad feels he is representing his generation or the whole of Iran.
I haven't seen many stories here in the states about the opinions of the 18-27 demographic and I suspect the Iranian youth, especially those with access to the internet, are not being fairly represented. Just like here in the states.
Are they as jaded and cynical as our youth?
Here in the Washington state primaries some 15%, roughly, chose not to align themselves to a specific political party. To me, that shows a growing number of people choosing to not wave the banner of their favorite team. They stick to debating and voting for specific issues.
Is it the same there? Is the youth there live-and-let-live like we are? Will I go on a watch-list for trying to find that information (that's more rhetorical, not directed at the Iranian Prez.)
Posted By Anonymous Don, Everett, WA. : 9:12 PM ET
If your intentions are truly peaceful, then why will you not cooperate with the world community concerning your nuclear position?
Posted By Anonymous Beverly Clark, Louisville, KY : 9:12 PM ET
Dear David,

Congratulations to you and Anderson on landing such an important interview! Judging from the interview in TIME magazine, President Ahmadinejad appears to be a frighteningly confident and clever man. At times he seems overly congenial. I can understand why George Bush would be reluctant to debate him. He is definitely someone to be carefully watched.

In the TIME interview, Ahmadinejad mentioned that he made recommendations to President Bush in a personal letter in May. I would like to hear him elaborate on these recommendations.

Does Anderson think he is someone who would be willing to compromise on any level? He does not appear to be.

I look forward to watching Anderson's interview with him this evening.
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 9:15 PM ET
Iran is a nation with a vast oil reserve. Some estimate their reserve to last another 300 years. Why does a nation rich in energy need to spend billions of dollars on a toxic energy source? Iran's arguments are illogical. The only answer is that they want to be a nuclear power to have control of the region. India, Pakistan and Israel all have the bomb; and Iran wants it too. The US must stop this from happening at any cost.
Posted By Anonymous Parag, Parsippany NJ : 10:03 PM ET
Mr. Ahmadinenjad avoided Mr. Cooper's questions with the deftness and skill of a four year old. It also appeared Mr. Cooper was hampered in his questioning, and this interview was little more than a rant against the US and Israel. Doesn't anyone remember the result of allowing the poor, destitute Palestinians to live in Jordan?
Our Native Americans said it best...He (Iranian Pres) speaks with the double tongue. Do NOT trust this man, this country, and their intentions.
Posted By Anonymous Mark, Mont Clare, PA : 10:33 PM ET
Ithink you and CNN demeaned the office of the presidency by providing a mock debate between the president of Iran and President Bush. To continue to give him and Hugo Chavez the air time you gave them is an insult to Americans.
Posted By Anonymous M Jonas Canyon Lake, Tesas : 10:46 PM ET
Interesting interview. The Iranian president is very quick with his questions and has very strong "antennae" for picking on any thing that is suggestive in the question. E.g. when he suggested to you "are these your questions or have they been given to you" (not exact words), and also when he said "they are very similar" with a kind of "sneer?"
Posted By Anonymous Rema, New York, NY : 10:46 PM ET
Great interview. I heard what I was afraid I would hear. He is a scary individual. I hope he does not speak for his country. We know that in this country there are many people who don't stand behing Bush's policies or speaches. I hope the same is true in Iran. And can we get Bush to pronounce "nuclear" correct. It is driving me crazy.
Posted By Anonymous Leigh, Charlotte, NC : 10:52 PM ET
Um, I guess it would have been too much to have heard him wish people a Happy Rosh Hashanah.

But it would have been nice to hear both the Iranian and US presidents talk about what goals we have in common and on which we could work together. Perhaps if we could emphasize what we have in common, the rest might follow (eventually) or at least be less contentious.

One thing we should be doing more of is making moderate Muslims less likely to look the other way when they see terrorists; cooperation was the key to foiling the British airplane plot. We need to be working on more peaceful projects (improving water delivery, electricity, schools, health, etc.) that improve the lives of impoverished Muslims. Not only will this help us but, more importantly, it is the right thing to do.
Posted By Anonymous Norah, West Chester, PA : 11:15 PM ET
Ahmadinejad is crazy and it really is a shame that the mainstream media pays more respect to him rather then their own president. The first half of the interview with Ahmdinejad, Cooper was pulling a Mike Wallace on the viewers and a complete softie. Mark my words, Ahmadinejad wants the nuke so bad he can taste it. He'll use it on Isreal and then the world will blame President Bush. It frustrates me to no end that these dictators can come onto United States soil and rake our President over the coals and have the U.N. General Assembly applaud no less. I say kick the bums out and leave the U.N. keep the $5 billion that we are spending at the worthless organizaion and do some good in our own country. Shame on CNN for playing it soft.
Posted By Anonymous Shana, Riverview, FL : 11:38 PM ET
Interesting interview. I wish it was longer. I really believe that the Iranian President is looking for some type of positive communication with the US. I only wish that our administration would swallow some pride and directly TALK. An invitation for a relationship has been established; it is time to look to the future and move on from a 30 year cold war.
Posted By Anonymous Houman, Morristown NJ : 1:11 AM ET
I don't care how President Bush pronounces nuclear. I do care that he is making more sense than the president of Iran. Anderson was bulldozed and mocked by this man. The interview was soft. You all at CNN attack OUR President more vehemently. What will you do when this man uses nuclear weapons against his neighbors? Oh yeah, you will swim like sharks in the water for the story. I think news org. like CNN want conflict, why else would Wolf B. try to create a conflict over whether America would go into Pakistan or not? He did the same thing with N. Korea in his interview with the US Ambassador. I think it's sad that people like Anderson and Wolf B. don't see the long term effects of demeaning YOUR President in the eyes of the world. WAKE UP.
Posted By Anonymous Cecilia, Texas : 1:33 AM ET
Excellent interview.

I watched it with great interest. Too bad you were allowed only 20min interview time. I think Mr.Ahmadinejad is no dummy. In fact, i find him a bit scary. Saying the Holocaust never happened? for a minute i was wondering if the guy is really from planet Earth or somewhere else. Like many other radical leaders he is obviously sticking to his convictions. I just hope the US will continues to pursue the diplomatic effort to dilute the tension and not resort to military option to resolve problem.

Whatever the case may be, It is fascinating that the UN is providing world leaders such a forum.
Posted By Anonymous Hanna, San Francisco,CA : 3:22 AM ET
Are there any terrorists that CNN HASN'T interviewed?
Posted By Anonymous Perry, Dallas, Texas : 8:45 AM ET
He claims that there was no Holocaust, so maybe he could find the thousands and thousands of members of my family(my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins). Among them, I am sure, might have been scholars, scientists, doctors and wonderful human beings. As a result, possibly today we would have had the cures for cancer and many other diseases.
What has his country done to help the people of the world???
Anderson, that would have been a good question to ask him.
Posted By Anonymous Eve, NYC : 9:26 AM ET
What I find endlessly baffling and frustrating is some Americans determination to distort what Ahmadinejad says regarding WWII.

He says the Holocaust happend to the Jews however SIXTY MILLION LIVES were lost in that war; why are Americans obsessed with only the lives of the Jewish people who were killed?

He raises a legitimate question.

I watched and listened to Andersons interview and I never heard Ahmadinejad deny the Holocaust. So, why do you publish posts of people once again repeating a lie?

Once and for all folks, Ahmadinejad says the Holocaust happened, he also says 60 million people were slaughtered in this war so, why the obsession with only a fraction of the victims?

The reason for this obsession is to support a political agenda by Zionists to create the state of Israel where Palestine once existed.

And frankly, I find this to be the most vulgar part of this conversation; the lives of millions are being used and manipulated for political purposes.
Posted By Anonymous RT, Calgary, Alberta, Canada : 11:23 AM ET
The Ahmadinejad interview was tedious.

Anderson was fixated on the nuclear question, and there was no fresh meat there. He should have let it go and moved on, but he wouldn't.

Failing that, he should have invited Ahmadinejad to swear before Allah and the world that he would prevent Iran from developing, possessing, or using a nuclear weapon. Forswearing such an oath would cause Ahmadinejad all kinds of political issues at home, as would refusal to give it.

A wider-ranging interview would have been more interesting and more productive. Anderson even took it to the point that Ahmadinejad called him for all his questions sounding the same.

You need more preparation to interview a president than a dark suit.
Posted By Anonymous Ken, Plano, TX : 11:25 AM ET
Anderson, I was happy to see you reply to the President of Iran, when you said 'Mr. President, unlike Iran, we actually have freedom of the press here in the U.S.'

I didn't take your response as snide at all, so don't let anyone tell you that. Rather, I saw it as an honest response to a guy who heads a fundamentalist government that tramples even the most basic freedoms, such as freedom of the press. I appreciated it, because guys like Ahmadinijad need to hear the truth and be put in their place.

Keep up the good work!!
Posted By Anonymous Chris, Chicago, IL : 12:23 PM ET
as an iranian, it was quite ironic to see

Ahmadinenjad speak of justice and fairness. it was quite funny to hear him talk about human rights. here is a little insight fo all those who tend to belive his lies. every day, their are students who are being hanged for charges of treason to the Islamic republic. everyday, their are young women who are being stone to death. the level of poverty is so great that it leaves no option other than selling oneself on the streets in ordet to survive and not go hungry. This is the face of this government,they are responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of people.
i do not speak of something that i have heard or read somewhere, i have lived it. i have seen it. this government is so hated in iran, that they are forced to hire Arab fighters to control the public.
Hezbollah forces are now walking on the streets of tehran, specially near the colleges and universities. this is how unpopular they are.
the only support that they have is among the people whos lives are depended on them, who are hired by them. not by the iraninas, not by the persians.
any if my voice is to be heard, i wish that i can tell the world that sons of iran will rise one day, this governmetn does not represent my country or Islam.
they are bound to go, we make sure if it. even if death will be the cost of it.
thank you all
God bless humnaity
Posted By Anonymous raha fotohi, Chicago IL : 1:41 PM ET
I did not hear President Ahmadinenjad say he wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Some viewers need TIVO to replay such interviews and really LISTEN. It's no wonder the people of the US can be so easily brainwashed into thinking that we are superior and that the nations our government chooses to attack are the bigger enemies. I want to hear President Bush say he'll sit across the table from President Ahmadinenjad and talk things out - man to man, leader to leader (and it should be broadcasted)
Posted By Anonymous Louise, Los Angeles, California : 2:18 PM ET
The Iranian president makes some very good points. Why can't you question the US involvement in producing more nuclear weapons? Anderson, you said the US has a free press. How so? It's owned by corporate interests, as you well know. Your questions expose your own bias, and your insistence on supporting the 'official' position on Iran. Your continued showing of charts listing Irans weapons was an insult, continuing to characterize them as a threat. Shame on you. I suggest you try ALOT harder.
Posted By Anonymous Don Baker, Seattle, WA : 6:25 PM ET
I would like to commend Anderson for the way he handled the interview of Mr. Ahmadinejad. In fact, he handled better than the way Mike Walace handled his own interview of Mr. Ahmadinejad, who at certain moments, seems to be frustrated by the way the Iranian President keeps avoiding the issue. It's tough to get a real response from a person who seems to think of himself as infallible.
Posted By Anonymous Jun, Walnut Creek, CA : 11:31 PM ET
In response to a comment posted here that we should "give him credit for speaking his mind and that very few politicians would ever dare risk their careers to do that". Do you think anyone in Iran would do that -- speak their mind??? No, because the risk is not losing their career, but their life.
Posted By Anonymous Omar Fernandez, Marietta, GA : 2:05 PM ET
I don't understand how both President Bush and President Ahmadinejad can speak so much about peace when both are involved in so much violence? It is mind blowing that two men who are elected by the people of their country with such high disaproval ratings will not get together for at least the ratings increase. If we can't talk first I'm not sure we will ever see peace.
PS- Mr Cooper - great interview with President Ahmadinejad, you always impress me with your ability to get a point across even when someone isn't allowing you to. Cooper for president '08.
Posted By Anonymous Teresa, San Francisco, CA : 7:19 PM ET
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