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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Mahmoud And Mike Show
by Cordeiro

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likes to talk. A lot. He doesn't really have much to say, but he really enjoys saying it.

He wanted to talk to the American people. His vehicle of choice turned out to be the venerable bastion of the TV news magazine shows, the once great 60 Minutes. Evidently Mahmoud thinks some people actually watch that show.

For reasons I still don't understand, CBS unearthed the recently retired Mike Wallace to do the interview. Mike Wallace has a well earned reputation as a hard charging, old school, gritty newsman who asks the tough questions of just about anybody. He's made many famous people very uncomfortable in his time on the air. Hard men and tough women have been driven to tears by his relentless nature. Of all the 60 Minutes regulars, the one that made most people nervous was Mike Wallace.

I did not watch Sunday's 60 Minutes broadcast. I, like most other Americans, had better things to do. That said, the Mahmoud and Mike Show propelled CBS to a rare 1st Place finish in the ratings race for Sunday night. Normally that would be impressive, but considering the competition was re-runs and a pre-season football game a 6.2/12 share might mean people had nothing better to watch.

I caught the full only somewhat edited interview on CSPAN last night. I was baking Zucchini bread and literally had nothing better to watch lest I fall asleep and waking to carbonized bread pans. The Mahmoud and Mike Show was anything but riveting television.

CBS, for the time being, has the video available here. Ian has gone to Hot Air and has deprived the Blogosphere of his normal video skills. Ian, Repent!

Mike Wallace has clearly lost his edge. Mahmoud walked all over him, even through the interpreter. He rambled endlessly about the need for a change of attitude towards Iran by the United States Government. Several times Wallace questioned him about his vitriolic hatred for all things and people Israeli. Mahmoud waffled (badly) around that issue and repeatedly expressed the desire to talk about other subjects, up to and including (no I am not making this up) the truth about US literacy rates.

Would someone please tell me what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad knows about literacy in the United States?

Mahmoud's body language throughout the interview is strained. He sits slouched in the chair wearing something that looks like a 1980's Member's Only jacket. His statements are meandering and make little sense even in the interview context. All the world's problems, in his mind, could be solved if Israel were wiped off the map and the United States retreated from Iraq and gave Iran, Syria, and Hizbollah free reign in the Middle East.

When asked what he expects of W, Mahmoud issued this reply:

I was expecting Mr. Bush to give up or, I should say, to change his behavior.
Memo to Mahmoud: You're reading the wrong papers. Give up is not in a Texan's vocabulary.

The interview did show Mahmoud, for all is dislike of America, is surprisingly well informed about such important issues as W's popularity. He's even come to believe his own version of rewritten history. When asked about diplomatic relations with the United States, he replied:

Who cut the relations, I ask you.
Memo #2 to Mahmoud: Yes, Mahmoud, relations were cut by the United States after you and your Islamofacist Murdering Thugs had your revolutionary party in 1979. If I'm not mistaken, your taking and holding American citizens hostage for some 400+ days might have had something to do with that. You were intricately involved in that process - it was most likely a big selling point in your campaign.

Mahmoud is obviously not well grounded in reality. It showed very much in his encounter with Wallace despite the fact Wallace has long since lost the edge he once wielded so well. Mahmoud shows no signs of movement toward reality. This is most demonstrated by his commentary given today before a huge crowd of people waving Iranian and Hizbollah flags.

God's promises have come true. On one side, it's corrupt powers of the criminal U.S. and Britain and the Zionist .... with modern bombs and planes. And on the other side is a group of pious youth relying on God.
Somehow he forgot to mention those "pious youth" take great joy in blowing themselves up and murdering innocents in the process.

Here endeth the lesson.
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