[Guest post by DRJ]
Iran’s Ahmadinejad on State TV:
“September 11 was a big lie and a pretext for the war on terror and a prelude to invading Afghanistan,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by state TV. He called the attacks a “complicated intelligence scenario and act.”
The Iranian president has questioned the official U.S. version of the Sept. 11 attacks before, but this is the first time he ventured to label it a “big lie.”
As a Presidential candidate, Barack Obama was willing to meet with Ahmadinejad to prove America isn’t a bully and pave the way to stronger international sanctions:
“My whole goal, in terms of having tough, serious direct diplomacy, is not because I’m naive about the nature of any of these regimes. I’m not,” Obama said. “It is because if we show ourselves willing to talk and to offer carrots and sticks in order to deal with these pressing problems, and if Iran then rejects any overtures of that sort, it puts us in a stronger position to mobilize the international community to ratchet up the pressure on Iran.
“Our unwillingness to talk or the perception that we are trying to bully our way through negotiations — that’s eliminated as an excuse for them not dealing with these issues in an appropriate way.”
Obama set the stage for this as a Presidential candidate and now he should deliver on his campaign promise. As President, it’s time for him to significantly “ratchet up” the international pressure on Iran.