Ahmadinejad: Making Fools Of Us All

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia University, New York, Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to town and made fools of us all. He's a paper tiger who managed to rile an entire city and dominate the news for days.

Ahmadinejad is the president of Iran, which sounds a lot better than it really is. To be the president there is just a little higher than being a celebrity casino greeter in Las Vegas. Some people might be happy for you, but you don't really have any power.

The Ayatollah Khameni holds the cards in Iran. Ahmadinejad is not really a player. You'd never know that though from all the attention he's gotten. Front page headlines. Live TV coverage. He was topic No. 1 among many of my friends for the past week.

Described variously as fiend and mad man, I'm guessing, Ahmadinejad is quietly chuckling to himself, pleased at all the commotion he's caused.

He's crazy all right. Crazy like a fox.

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