A-Jad's charm offensive - Israel will be 'eliminated'

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tried to put his best face forward in a series of interviews with American journalists prior to the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York. Unfortunately for him, he showed one too many faces. Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated," ignoring a U.N. warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric ahead of the annual General Assembly session. Ahmadinejad also said he did not take seriously the threat that Israel could launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, denied sending arms to Syria, and alluded to Iran's threats to the life of British author Salman Rushdie. The United States quickly dismissed the Iranian president's comments as "disgusting, offensive and outrageous." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted Israel could strike Iran's nuclear sites and criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's position that sanctions and...(Read Full Post)