What is most noteworthy about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rambling letter to President Bush is that certain people actually want to treat it as a good faith effort to open up a dialogue between our two nations and believe President Bush should jump at the opportunity.
The Associated Press presents it in that light and points to Ahmadinejad's desire "to build on a shared faith in God," even though the letter is a scathing indictment of the American government, which Ahmadinejad says is the object of an "ever-increasing global hatred."
Those trifles aside, the AP observes, wistfully, that "Ahmadinejad strikes the tone of a man who is troubled by a friend's actions and decides to sit down and give him a little advice." Yes, the benevolent dictator "delivered U.S. President George W. Bush a history lesson, philosophy lecture and religious sermon laced with references to Jesus Christ."
Liberal talk show hosts Bill Press and Thom Hartmann also regarded the letter as "thoughtful" and containing "good ideas." Likewise, television hosts Matt Lauer and Charlie Gibson were impressed that Ahmadinejad initiated direct communications with our government for the first time in 27 years. Why would the administration reject this "overture"?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein also saw it as an "overture" that we shouldn't ignore. We must show a willingness "to talk and to negotiate," she said. "I think bluster and arrogance does not befit the United States."
We could easily surmise that Ahmadinejad's letter was designed solely to unite the Arab street against the United States. But given the liberals' reaction, we might be forced to conclude the despot was wooing the left side of the American street as well.
Leave it to the American left to play right into the hands of yet another of America's sworn enemies by treating this raving zealot who denies the Holocaust occurred and has called for Israel to be wiped off the map as a respectable statesman.
Is it any coincidence this letter was fired off at a time when the United States and, to a lesser extent, other nations are pressuring Iran to cease and desist its nuclear program?
The AP and fawning liberals can swoon over Ahmadinejad's gracious history lesson to President Bush, but the main history lesson Ahmadinejad has learned is the incalculable value in turning America against itself in the war on terror. If he can present himself as a leader earnestly seeking diplomatic solutions with the United States and paint the United States as the recalcitrant, "arrogant" empire who refuses to reason, he is miles ahead.