Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ground zero visit forbidden

By Libby
Updated below

I expect Commissioner Kelly has some 'splaining to do after having spawned a small tsunami of outrage with his mistaken remarks on an Iranian state visit to ground zero by Ahmadinejad. It turns out the little tourist trip was ruled out a month ago. As of course, it would have to be. Fully a quarter of that city would shoot the Ahmadilooney dead on sight. No way they could provide security for such an event. He's going to have to sightsee by helicopter just like all the other rich tourists.

That aside, I think the outrage over the request is way overblown. The man is a loudmouth boor, but he hasn't actually done anything to us yet and he is a world leader. He's not the first nutcase that somehow managed to rule a country. Think Idi Amin. Ahmadinejad asked to be allowed to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site to open the UN session. Who knows, maybe he sees himself as a emissary of peace and love, not so unlike our own president.

Sure it's crazy. But for myself, I don't think it's all that much crazier than say, jumping into an orchestra pit. It's certainly not worth turning into an international incident.

Update: Booman agrees with me but explains it more eloquently. He's right. It's the diplomacy, stupid. Making this huge deal out of a crazy but possibly well-meant gesture makes us look worse than Ahmadinejad. It's one thing for the Righty Ragers to go ballistic but it's a disgrace that our presidential candidates chose to make political points over it, especially before all the facts came out.

It certainly doesn't give me any confidence in their diplomacy skills either and what we very much need in 08 is to elect a statesman, not another hot-heated, overly aggresive loudmouth.

[cross-posted to The Reaction]

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Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

He's not the first nutcase that somehow managed to rule a country.

Certainly not. GW has been on quite a roll for 6 years now.

5:55:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Exactly II.

10:06:00 AM  

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