Ahmadinejad Calls for Face-to-Face Debate With Obama


ahmadinejadIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on President Barack Obama today to face him in a televised one-on-one debate to see who has the best solutions for the world’s problems.

The provocative proposal comes as Iran deals with a new wave of international sanctions — driven by Washington — aimed at putting pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

“Toward the end of summer we will hopefully be there for the (U.N.) General Assembly and I will be ready for one-on-one talks with Mr. Obama, in front of the media of course,” Ahmadinejad told a conference of Iranian expatriates in Tehran.

“We will offer our solutions for world issues to see whose solutions are better.”

Ahmadinejad suggested such a debate last September, which was not taken up by Washington. He said Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, had declined similar invitations because he was “scared”.

Iran, the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, says its nuclear program is a peaceful bid to produce electricity.

But its uranium enrichment activities, a process which can have both civilian and military uses, has fed fears in some countries that it is trying to build a nuclear weapon.

In his speech, the president mocked the sanctions and the potential for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, an option that the United States and Israel say they do not rule out.

“Who do you think is going to attack us? The Israeli regime? … We don’t consider the regime in our equations, let alone attacking us,” he said.

“They say we’ll issue sanctions? Okay, do it. How many resolutions have you issued so far? Four? Make it 4,000,” he said to loud applause from the conference.

Both Iran and the United States have indicated willingness to return to nuclear talks which stalled last October, leading to the new sanctions.

Amid the anti-American rhetoric in which he said U.S. policy was based on colonialism and the “law of the jungle”, Ahmadinejad said he was ready for talks “based on justice and respect”.

“We are ready to hold talks at the highest level,” he said. “We have always favored talks, Iranians have never, ever favored war.”

{Reuters/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. They both hate Israel, they’re both socialists, they both hate America, they both hate capitalism…not sure what the debate will sound like…

  2. To #2: Obama certainly recognizes Israel’s right to exist and defend itself unlike Ahmadinejad. And he does not hate America. I don’t know what the right’s idea of “patriotism” is but it must be incredibly puritanical. It is a bitterly partisan and mean-spirited idea to say that the other side “hates America”. In fact, I hear echoes of McCarthy. Now in regards to the CRAZY theory that Obama is a socialist, well just look at this article where ACTUAL socialists are interviewed. I’ll give you an excerpt: “It makes no rational sense. It clearly means that people don’t understand what socialism is.”
    “Definitions of socialism vary, but most socialists believe workers and consumers who are affected by economic institutions should own or control them.” http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/14/Obama.socialist/index.html
    For Ahmadinejad, here is another socialist source that unequivocally opposes his rule and supports the protesters: http://www.isreview.org/issues/67/critthink-iran.shtml


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