Ahmadinejad’s Speech Leads To U.S. Walkout

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President Barack Obama came to the United Nations to challenge world leaders to wholeheartedly support a Middle East peace settlement, but he also came to deliver a stern warning to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also had some choice words for the United States.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond with Rudy Giuliani’s Reaction

When President Ahmadinejad visits New York City for the United Nations General Assembly each fall, he always likes to stir things up.

And stir things up he did.

The U.S. delegation walked out of the Ahmadinejad’s speech on Thursday — as did 33 other delegations — after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.

He did not explain the logic of that statement that was made as he attacked the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. delegation left the hall after Ahmadinejad said there were three theories about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks:

–That a “powerful and complex terrorist group” penetrated U.S. intelligence and defenses.

–“That some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.”

The Americans stood and walked out without listening to the third theory, that the attack was the work of “a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation.”

Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh, Associate Professor of International Studies at Marymount College, called the comments “unacceptable” and “uncalled for.”

Shabaneh is also an analyst for Arab Network TV and was inside the United Nations for the reckless rhetoric.

“Many people were really raising their eyebrows. Like what is this guy doing? Why is he trying to capture every opportunity for confrontation with the west,” Shabaneh told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani also called Ahmadinejad’s 9/11 comments insane, but added he should be taken seriously.

“Though we may want to dismiss him as a lunatic…this is a very dangerous man” Giuliani told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

Giuliani also had criticism for President Obama’s offer to negotiate with Iran.

“This is clearly not a man you can have discussions with. I’ve always believed the only thing a bully understands is strength. Ronald Regan understood that, and that is one of the reasons we were able to bring down the Berlin Wall,” Giuliani said.

Even before the White House issued a statement calling the Iranian president’s comments “utterly outrageous and offensive,” President Obama had some tough words for Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic’s leaders in his General Assembly speech.

“The Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear program,” Obama said.

President Obama is apparently getting tired of Ahmadinejad’s hijinx over the nuclear reactors he’s building, and his refusal to cooperate with the tenets of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The president indicated that he’s fed up with the Iranian honcho.

WATCH: Obama’s Full Speech
Obama’s Full Speech
LISTEN: Analysis from CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst Pamela Falk
LISTEN: CBS Foreign Affairs Analyst Pamela Falk on the US delegation walk-out

“Iran is the only party to the NPT that cannot demonstrate the peaceful intentions of its nuclear program, and those actions have consequences,” Obama said.

Two months ago, the president imposed new sanctions on Iran, but left the door open for Iran to try to resolve its differences with the international community.

CBS Foreign Affairs Analyst Pamela  Falk told WCBS 880 that the president basically “scolded Iran for being non-compliant, defiant of the UN and said that he had offered Iran a time to negotiate and Iran had passed that up.”

The president also addressed the peace process in the Middle East in his General Assembly speech.

“We can read familiar lists of grievances. We can table the same resolutions. We can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate,” Obama said.

But the president said that both the Israelis and Palestinians could say that “this time will be different” and stressed that if both sides worked toward progress “we could have an agreement” that would lead to an independent Palestine state becoming a United Nations member state.

“If an agreement is not reached…the hard realities of demography will take hold. More blood will be shed,” Obama said. “The Holy Land will remain a symbol of our differences, instead of our common humanity.”

Ahmadinejad, though, seemed bent on upsetting the diplomatic community when he comes to the UN.

The Iranian president ignored the hordes of demonstrators who mocked him by staging scenes of bloody prisoners being flogged and others being punished.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton also weighed on on the relevance of the U.N. in 2010.

LISTEN: Fmr. Ambassador John Bolton on whether the UN is relevant in 2010.

“We do not get value for the money, we don’t have the influence we should,” Bolton told WCBS 880 adding that agencies like UNICEF have been much better managed because their voluntary contributions.

Bolton also said the U.N. “breeds a lack of responsiveness and a lack of transparency” because of its “entitlement basis” funding.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this report.)

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  • uzeyir
  • international forum

    I also do not fully believe in facts and opinions in circulation, if it is an act of terrorism it will be very easily solved. But I probably started to believe Ahmadinejad’s speech, Americans may be involved from the case, would not intrigue like that could happen? Remember, war opinion is contrary to reality, so we should have to use a reverse brain, do not see the surface of the opinion, go into the depth of the problem so much savagery mystery unscrupulous government.

  • Patrick

    Did anyone see amongst the hordes of demonstrators against the Iranian President, any of Imams or Muslim organizers or anyone from there discussion group? If not WHY NOT?

  • itay apter

    Mr Obama
    this man is a threat to the new generation,people will wonder why Obama was not brave or wise enough to cripple this Iranian mafia when the time was right !
    Obama take action now…OR HAVE A NEW STYLE GULF WAR IN 5 YEARS !

  • I agree Ddue

    Thats why Americans walked out. They didnt wanna hear the truth dude!..

  • Ron

    OK Obama lets see how you can deal with this nut case. Now you know how George Bush felt huh. Balls in your court.

  • Paul M.

    Why do they keep treating Randall Flagg like he’s a decent humanitarian at the U. N. ? As soon as he gets his hands on nuclear weapons, he’s going to Nuke Israel till it glows. It has been patently obvious for sometime now that the U. N. and hussein obama want just that.

  • dude

    Americans don’t want to hear the truth!

    • JonnyM

      Such as…………?????? If you get your “truth” from Amadinejad, you should migrate to his country!

  • edi
    • tare

      Full script of speach here

  • jeffrey boe

    no doubt that iranian president delivered that speech caused u.s to walked out because of his hatred to u.s and also he wants to be known as strongest man in the world and many leaders would afraid of him . HUH???????
    iran president youre just an ape.!!!

    • tare

      check what he has said first, bellow is a full speech

  • Patrick

    It is clear he needs psychiatric help. Why was he not taken to a hospital for his mental health?

    • moke

      Zionist filled it up

    • Paul M.

      Say yeah, Patrick … great thinking. The CIA should locate any relative(s) (distant or otherwise) for his next visit. Then we can have th(ose)at relative(s) have him committed to a major U. S. Booby-Hatch.

  • George Orwell

    There seems to be nothing there in Iran’s messenger speech that most in Africa and Europe already know and agree to. USA needs to clear up on its mess its warmongering politicians have caused to its country. The next thing is to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and make peace with the rest of the world.

    • edi

      thank you check full speech bellow

  • Pydpydper

    Consequences that America can do nothing about. China and Russia will be the new superpowers now.

    • Eric C from NY

      Saddam Hussein said the same thing. Look what happened to him…

      • Ed

        No, He just requested for his oil t be payed in Euro’s and Ahmedinejad is working to have stockexchage in Iran. So ifyou want to buy oil you go there and bid and pay in euro’s, big threat to might dollar and US banks

  • me

    I remember watching a video of an Iranian official in NY saying “whatever America says, we must do the opposite”. That’s how Iran’s policy works, it’s all about hating America.

    • pydpydper

      And a country that is hated by virtually the entire world. And being like this, America will not be around long. Think of leaving the US. China and/or Russia will take out the US one way or another.

    • kina

      I am waiting for evidence of what you say, not a heresay

  • nana

    if ahmadinejad would had been dealt with when he lied about building nuclear weapons he wouldn’t be so arrogant but like always we Americans allow this to go on.he will speak and the politicians will stand and leave and this idiot well laugh, throw him out he is not honest,and has no desire to work with others for a good cause.

    • tarzo

      Show any proof that He is building NB. Read full speech bellow

    • mary

      cbs should report exactly what he said. that many rumors say the us government is behind the attacks. cbs is reporting it like he said we have a government that was behind the attacks. fan the flames, cbs. don’t report the whole truth. back to my fox channel reports – the no spin zone….

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