Friday, July 03, 2009

Is Ahmadinejad Damaged Goods?

The LA Times is reporting that these days, Ahmadinejad if feeling kind of isolated:

  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev publicly greeted Ahmadinejad at a recent meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, but did not grant him a private meeting as he had the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan

  • In Belarus, the Iranian leader was met not by President Alexander Lukashenko, but by the speaker of the upper house of parliament

  • Authorities in Jordan withdrew licenses for two Iranian news organizations this week

  • The sultan of Oman reportedly canceled a trip to Tehran

Read the whole thing.

This follows news that Ahmadinejad was unwelcome in parts of Iran itself:

  • Last Friday, his visit to Shiraz, Iran's cultural capital, was called off on "security grounds."

  • On Monday, the Foreign Ministry canceled what was to be the first-ever visit by an Iranian leader to Libya.

  • On Tuesday, it was announced that Ahmadinejad will not be traveling to Sharm-el-Sheik in Egypt to address the summit of the nonaligned movement.

  • Ahmadinejad's campaign to lead the "nonaligned" group and host its next summit in Tehran in 2012.

  • Long-planned visits with six leftist leaders in their Latin American capitals were placed on the back-burner.

If Iranians get the idea, the Arab world gets the idea, and even the Russians get the idea--how much longer will it take Obama?

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