Joining a chorus that now includes Sean Hannity, Charles Krauthammer, and Rudy Giuliani, Iranian head Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned “cowboy” Barack Obama‘s new nuclear policy, which would allow for nuclear attack against non-nuclear nations only when they do not comply with proliferation guidelines. Apparently no one has told him that George W. Bush isn’t president anymore.
AP (via MSNBC) is reporting that Ahmadinejad delivered the comments in a speech before a crowd of thousands intended to intimidate the West into modifying the new policy to prevent attacks on Iran (Iran and North Korea were the main nations exempted from the policy that non-nuclear nations would under no circumstances be attacked with nuclear weapons). It seems like Ahmadinejad hasn’t updated his American insult repertoire since the Bush era:
“American materialist politicians, whenever they are beaten by logic, immediately put their finger on the trigger like cowboys,” he said.
“Mr. Obama, you are a newcomer (to politics). Wait until your sweat dries and get some experience. Be careful not to read just any paper put in front of you or repeat any statement recommended,” Ahmadinejad said in the speech, aired live on state TV. “(American officials) bigger than you, more bullying than you, couldn’t do a damn thing, let alone you.”
For one, the latter comment about American officials more bullying that Obama is perfect fodder to conservatives to perpetuate their “Obama is weakening America” talking point, since the Iranian leader half-admits to respecting his predecessors more than him. But calling a president whose resumé includes “community organizer” and “law school professor” a “cowboy,” along with an administration of similar background, is at the very least a little out-of-touch with upper-crust liberal academic culture.
It also sounds like Ahmadinejad has been taking oratory advice from his good Venezuelan buddy Hugo Chavez, who employs the cowboy metaphor on a weekly basis on his variety TV program Aló Presidente. Chavez has been using this type of language for years, however, back when it was much more applicable to our swashbuckling 43rd commander-in-chief. For comparison, here is Chavez’s greatest YouTube hit “Mr. Danger,” where he menacingly declares George W. Bush to be “the last”:
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