I am sitting here watching "60 Minutes" as Scott Pelley tries to skewer Ahmadinejad.
I am having a hard time believing the dumb questions he is pitching to him. He points out that Iranian weapons are being used in Iraq against American forces. Then Pelley says: "You have American blood on your hands. WHY?"
What kind of question is that??? "WHY?" The answer is obvious because to Ahmadinejad the United States is an enemy.
He fails to challenge Ahmadinejad's claim that nuclear weapons are not important because the age of nuclear weapons has passed.
Now Pelley has asked a completely stupid question: "What trait do you admire in President Bush?" What's that have to do with anything? International relations are not about "admiring" one another. This is not about being a mutual admiration society.
Complete soft ball and idiotic.
Now he's reading him a statement that Bush made about what he thinks of Ahmadinejad. Has Pelley lost his mind?
And then Pelley has a nice laugh with him as he protests that he's only a simple American reporter. Well he got that one right. Simple and simple minded.
This reminds me of Mike Wallace's equally idiotic encounter with Ahmadinejad in which the Iranian ran complete circles around Wallace.
What an idiotic performance and my guess is what we will see at Columbia will be no better. After all anyone, such as Lee Bollinger, who thinks you can dialogue with this guy is already starting with one hand tied behind his back.