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My Dinner with Ahmadinejad (Journalists and Academics dine while U.S. troops die)
Time Magazine ^ | September 26, 2007 | Richard Stengel

Posted on 09/26/2007 7:43:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran "requests the pleasure" of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel — with names carefully written out at all the place settings around a rectangular table. There are about 50 of us, academics and journalists mostly. There's Brian Williams across the room, and Christiane Amanpour a few seats down. And at a little after 8pm, on a day when he has already addressed the U.N., the evening after his confrontation at Columbia, a bowing and smiling Mahmoud Admadinejad glides into the room.

This is now an annual ritual for the President of Iran. Every year, during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, he plots out a media campaign that — in its shrewdness, relentlessness, and quest for attention — would rival Angelina Jolie on a movie junket. And like any international figure, Mr. Ahmadinejad hones his performance for multiple audiences: in this case, the journalists and academics who can filter his speech and ideas for a wider American audience.

The format of the evening is curious. In his calm and fluent voice — "dear friends," he calls us — he requests that we not ask questions, but make statements, so that he can react to them in a form of dialogue. The academics are not shy. They make statements not only about the need for dialogue and reconciliation, but castigate the Iranian government for chilling press freedoms and for arresting Iranian-American scholars who were only trying to foster better relations between America and Iran. Throughout, Ahmadinejad is courtly, preternaturally calm, and fiercely articulate.

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Words fail me.
1 posted on 09/26/2007 7:43:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Muslims do this very well. They suck up really hard to the Drive Bys knowing that these basically dumb people will be seduced by the surface fawning and attention and not see the evil beneath it all. The reason I’m-a-nut-job has the smile on his face at the end of this is because he is laughing at these stuff shirt media fools for being such sheep


2 posted on 09/26/2007 7:45:57 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he’s crazy. I also think the writer of this article was taken in by the lil runt.


3 posted on 09/26/2007 7:47:35 AM PDT by linn37 (Phlebotomists need love too.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow, sounds like Clinton’s “War Room”, has found another “brilliant bad boy” to adore.


4 posted on 09/26/2007 7:48:22 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t usually read past any sentance with the words “creamy stationary” ( is there any other kind when one dines with the better sort? sheesh)

However, I did read this, because I wanted to see how easily journalists can be duped. And yes, words fail me.


5 posted on 09/26/2007 7:48:36 AM PDT by Kay Syrah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the article: He notes that Americans don't understand Iranian history, saying that the movie 300 — with which he seems intimately familiar — was a "complete distortion of Iranian history." Iran, he says, has never invaded anyone in its history.

Incredible....

6 posted on 09/26/2007 7:49:08 AM PDT by waimea.man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Words fail me."

I must self censor myself on the waxing and burning contempt I have for "news" outlets, and "journalists".

7 posted on 09/26/2007 7:49:44 AM PDT by lormand (Anti Iraq War Freepers should GTFO, permanently)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Words fail me too. I guess we all get to see what happens when a country is run by a professor.


8 posted on 09/26/2007 7:50:57 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Ahmadinejad hones his performance for multiple audiences: in this case, the journalists and academics who can filter his speech and ideas for a wider American audience.

A filtered lie is still a lie.

9 posted on 09/26/2007 7:51:24 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Notice how Ahmadinejad persistantly stated at Columbis:

"I am a intellectual like you!"

"I am a professor like you!"

"I am smart like you!"

"I hate George Bush like you!"

"We are on the same side!"

10 posted on 09/26/2007 7:51:31 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would know who the 23 people were that attended that dinner. What the criteria was for the invites and what they said when they had their speaking moments.


11 posted on 09/26/2007 7:52:31 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: MNJohnnie

Didn’t CNN’s Christiane Amanpour just do a special report equating Christians with radical Islam?


12 posted on 09/26/2007 7:52:39 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He should have been served this with an IED underneath


13 posted on 09/26/2007 7:53:06 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (I get enough exercise just pushing my luck)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and fiercely articulate

What the?

Does that mean he enunciated " wipe out Israel, death to America" and "all you infidels must convert or die" clearly.

14 posted on 09/26/2007 7:53:07 AM PDT by A message
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonder if Carvile or Bugeyes is his PR specialist?? You know he is being advised by a Dim on how to fool the press.

Pray for W and Our Troops


15 posted on 09/26/2007 7:53:08 AM PDT by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: armymarinemom

Sssshhhhh! Newt Gingrich and Al Gore are both professors.


16 posted on 09/26/2007 7:53:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (https://www.fred08.com/contribute.aspx?RefererID=c637caaa-315c-4b4c-9967-08d864cd0791)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Iran, he says, has never invaded anyone in its history.

Tell the Spartans and the Athenians it was all just a big misunderstanding.

17 posted on 09/26/2007 7:54:05 AM PDT by Campion
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They journalist were eating while the women were hanging around, literally.

http://www.charonboat.com/2007/07/iran_hanging_woman.wmv

(graphic)


18 posted on 09/26/2007 7:55:12 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would do a “Sheryl Crowe” with the “creamy stationary” and send it back.


19 posted on 09/26/2007 7:56:11 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kay Syrah

Duped? These participants are in league with this POS.


20 posted on 09/26/2007 7:56:36 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sssshhhhh! Newt Gingrich and Al Gore are both professors.

LOL. Ok. Radical Professor. That should cover Al Gore too.

21 posted on 09/26/2007 7:58:33 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: TexasCajun

And will the numb nut Republicans take these words and this opportunity to slam the Democrats?

Hell no, they are total fools and cannot be trusted with this country.


22 posted on 09/26/2007 7:59:21 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If only these terrorist ass-kissers could be present when foreign strategy is plotted in private between Ahmanutjob and the ruling mullahs back in Tehran.

I have my doubts, though, that even that would open their eyes.
23 posted on 09/26/2007 7:59:45 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: TexasCajun

“I know the Democrat talking points at least as well as you!”


24 posted on 09/26/2007 8:06:49 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: gathersnomoss
Why the Republican Leadership doesn't go on the attack and call out the Democrats for their hatred of the US Military, it's soldiers and decorated officers!

There are quotes galore.

Call them the Unpatriotic Enemy Sympathizer they are!

They 'support' our military by calling them murderers and rapist and terrorist themselves.

25 posted on 09/26/2007 8:07:07 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Kay Syrah
"..duped.."

It's waaaay worse than that. Self-duped is the more accurate diagnosis.

26 posted on 09/26/2007 8:08:12 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (The DemocRAT Party is a Criminal Enterprise)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Words must fail Hillary also. I don’t believe she has made any comments at all about Ahmadinejad’s visit or his speech at the UN. Maybe she doesn’t want to hurt his feelings?????


28 posted on 09/26/2007 8:16:13 AM PDT by RC2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, as a matter of fact she did.


29 posted on 09/26/2007 8:17:13 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“he requests that we not ask questions, but make statements, so that he can react to them in a form of dialogue”

Which is exactly what he did at Columbia. And what he does all the time. He never answers the question, he just responds however he pleases.


30 posted on 09/26/2007 8:17:34 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Terrorism is not the enemy. It is a means to the ends of militant Islamism." MZJ)
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To: linn37

“I think he’s crazy.”

I think Hitler was crazy, too. And look at what he did.


31 posted on 09/26/2007 8:17:47 AM PDT by fredhead (What this world needs is a few more Rednecks - Charlie Daniels)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You expected something other from Time?

Come on....(chuckle)

Laura Ingraham is having a ball mocking this right now.


32 posted on 09/26/2007 8:19:10 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


33 posted on 09/26/2007 8:20:46 AM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope he ordered the pork.


34 posted on 09/26/2007 8:21:34 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Matchett-PI; mimaw

Ok guys! I used the wrong word. LOL. Duped is not approprate.

Matchett, I found this particularly useful

Also in the unconscious mind, there is no distinction between the memory of something that actually occurred vs. the memory of a fantasy. Here we can understand how and why the left is so prone to mythologizing the past, as their fantasies are mingled with reality.

This has puzzled me for a long time. Clears things up nicely. Thank you for directing me to the post.


35 posted on 09/26/2007 8:31:05 AM PDT by Kay Syrah
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To: Kay Syrah
Interesting. I did not get past the creamy stationary line either and I did not read this piece. I did read The Rise and Fall of the Third Riech
36 posted on 09/26/2007 8:33:40 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: waimea.man
"From the article: He notes that Americans don't understand Iranian history, saying that the movie 300 — with which he seems intimately familiar — was a "complete distortion of Iranian history." Iran, he says, has never invaded anyone in its history. Incredible...."

He is right about Iran not invading anyone. All the many invasions by his country were done under the name of Persia.

37 posted on 09/26/2007 8:39:33 AM PDT by Hoof Hearted (Run*Fred*Run)
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To: Kay Syrah

You’re welcome. :) bttt


38 posted on 09/26/2007 8:56:43 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (The DemocRAT Party is a Criminal Enterprise)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Was David Gregory there to ask tough questions like he tried to do to Bush?


39 posted on 09/26/2007 8:59:21 AM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: TexasCajun
Hello Republican Fundraisers: Why the Republican Leadership doesn't go on the attack and call out the Democrats for their hatred of the US Military, it's soldiers and decorated officers! There are quotes galore. Call them the Unpatriotic Enemy Sympathizer they are! They 'support' our military by calling them murderers and rapist and terrorist themselves.

Are you listening to us? Why do you meekly accept liberal lies? Why do you not fight back? Why should I give you money? We had the Presidency, the Congres, and the Senate for six years. Why was Dem voter fraud not prosecuted? Why are the Clintons not in jail? Why did you do NOTHING while the liberal press lied about your every move for the last twenty years? Why are you so SPINELESS? Hit 'em hard, make it happen - then I will donate. I want to see TV commercials that hit these traitors so hard that we win 90-10. Got it? It's EASY - tell the truth, show the traitors, expose them.

40 posted on 09/26/2007 8:59:45 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: A message

If he was “clean” along with “articulate”, he is qualified to run for the Presidency, right?


41 posted on 09/26/2007 9:03:01 AM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: linn37

I think the writer of the article did a pretty good job, actually. The reporter wrote about an event most people would never have known about, described the forum, the atmosphere, the forms of questions (?), the manner of the speaker, etc...It was really pretty informative. It didn’t seem that the Time writer was an admirer, just a reporter. The Iranian president usually makes a fool of himself quite nicely without any help from the press.


42 posted on 09/26/2007 9:18:59 AM PDT by onguard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It reminds me of the Nazis who would lock a town’s residents in a house and burn it down - and then repair to their luxurious headquarters where they would have a fine dinner with schnapps and lots of gemutlichkeit. Maybe some Mozart as an accompaniment.


43 posted on 09/26/2007 9:20:33 AM PDT by BusterBear
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frankly, I don’t find much difference in the views, opinions and attitudes between Ahmadinejad and leftist journalist.


44 posted on 09/26/2007 9:22:33 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Get a colonoscopy - Ron Paulyps could be cancerous!)
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To: fish hawk

David Gregory had his One on One with Ahmanutjob a bit later.

Pray for W and Our Troops


45 posted on 09/26/2007 9:25:16 AM PDT by bray (Think "Betray U.S." Think Democrat)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sadly the pandering journalists make the president of columbia u look good


46 posted on 09/26/2007 9:32:19 AM PDT by KingofZion
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like the movie “My Dinner with Andre” this is just surreal talk from a nut case. The charm is there (supposedly) and the heady insanity of both the nut case and crowd.


47 posted on 09/26/2007 10:16:28 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Badeye

Is it possible to ‘read’ her show the next day, a la Rush?


48 posted on 09/26/2007 10:24:11 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The format of the evening is curious. In his calm and fluent voice — “dear friends,” he calls us — he requests that we not ask questions, but make statements, so that he can react to them in a form of dialogue.”

And the lapdog “journalists and academics” allow the Hitler of the Middle East to avoid the difficult task of answering a hard question. It looks like the “creamy stationary” had its desired effect.


49 posted on 09/26/2007 10:51:40 AM PDT by Roberts
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2ndDivisionVet; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; Aiko; ...

FReepMail to be added or removed from this pro-Israel/Judaic/Russian Jewry ping list.

Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

50 posted on 09/26/2007 10:59:02 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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