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Fred Barnes Claims Iran's Ahmadinejad Just Another "Crazed Muslim"

Reported by Marie Therese - September 21, 2006 -

On yesterday's edition of Special Report the FOX panel of all-stars - Mara Liasson of NPR, Mort Kondracke of Roll Call and Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard - joined anchor Brit Hume in a discussion of the UN appearances of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. After Liasson made some perfunctory remarks indicating her belief that American attempts at diplomacy with Iran are "going nowhere", Barnes jumped into the fray with his usual lack of tact, displaying a condescending, narrow-minded bigotry.

FRED BARNES: "And then you look at that and you think, jeez, I feel sorry for President Bush or any other leader who has to deal with these demagogues, these radical demagogues who - you know, you saw Chavez cross himself, so I guess he thinks of himself as a Catholic, and Ahmadinejad is a crazed Muslim and yet, somehow in this world, these crazed, radical demagogues get together. You know, they have some - they signed some treaty the other day where they're gonna, you know, share knowledge of car production and things like that. I don't think I'm gonna buy one of their cars."

Despite Barnes' juvenile blustery, the ultimate consensus on the panel was that the United States is in deep political doo-doo right now and doesn't stand much of a chance of getting the Security Council to vote for sanctions, primarily because most of the rest of the member nations have business relationships with Iran. Russia, China and France are against sanctions, which pretty much brings down the curtain on the Bush administration's plans to isolate that country.

COMMENT

It seems to me that George Bush has bitten off more than he can chew this time. Upstart developing nations are flexing their muscles at long last and, since they have most of the oil and most of the jobs and own a huge chunk of our national debt, they're in the proverbial catbird seat. We have been exposed not as the world's greatest superpower but as the world's biggest paper tiger.