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  •  Mostly dumb... (3+ / 0-)
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    CivicServant, highacidity, Tirge Caps

    ...the "crazy" is the only way a dumb person can get elected. So why not?

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 06:58:27 PM PST

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    •  I Heard a Discussion About a Year Ago... (6+ / 0-)

      ...between an interviewer and three journalists who had met and interviewed Ahmadinejad.  The interviewer asked the three journalists if his stunts and public statements were proof that he was crazy or clever, iow crazy like a fox.  The three journalists all laughed, and none of them would make a clear declarative statement to say what they thought.  They all pretty much admitted that he's such an odd character that in the end they really didn't know if his statements and actions are intended to keep people guessing but that he knows what he's doing, that he's crazy, or that the truth is somewhere in the middle.  

      "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

      by Dana Houle on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 08:14:41 PM PST

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      •  I think that my use of the "dumb" tag... (3+ / 0-)
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        MT Spaces, Terra Mystica, elwior definitely too simplistic. He's not dumb in the sense that he isn't clever or intelligent. My feeling -- though obviously the journalists you're referencing and millions of others would know better -- is that he lacks any real introspection re: a long-term goal or vision for Iran. He just seems like a reactionary opportunist to me. He plays that way on Middle Eastern TV, too, I might add. My (Muslim) host father thought he was nuts and opined that Muslims shouldn't have nukes because, hey, look at THAT guy!

        it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

        by Addison on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 09:01:39 PM PST

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      •  I use the term "professional jackass" ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... I believe he consciously took that role to play.

        Why? I don't know -- whomever or whatever he is really is subsumed under his role. IMHO

        His very important country deserves better.

        ... public service is a privilege. It's not about advantaging yourself, it's not about advancing your friends or your corporate clients.

        by MT Spaces on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 11:05:14 AM PST

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