Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s visit to NY yesterday was a hoot; he confirmed – if confirmation was needed – his status as the bete noire of the Middle East. But it occured to me that Ahmadinejad and our own bete noire, George W. Bush, share many toxic character traits: both are ideologically blinkered, willfully ignorant, and completely disengaged from reality. Both will ultimately be enshrined in the pantheon of failed leaders, during whose regimes once-great countries and cultures – Persia and America – were reduced to laughingstocks on the world stage.
I’ll give Ahmadinejad one compliment: at least he had the courage to face a hostile audience at Columbia University. Bush would do no such thing.