The wingnut-o-sphere is in full alert, or cardiac arrest, over the issue of Ahmadinejad speaking anywhere in the US. After all, he's Satan, or something:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has got to be secretly pleased with himself. His visit to the United States so that he can once again harangue the United Nations General Assembly with his warped and twisted view of history and current events has generated so much controversy, he must be hugging himself with glee that his name is on the lips of so many, his every move watched and commented upon.
. . . And if one more lefty throws the coup against Prime Minister Mossadegh (after he had prorogued Parliament over a dispute involving compensation to the Brits for nationalizing the oil industry) in my face as a reason that the Iranians hate us, I am going to slit my wrists. We certainly supported it.
Promises, promises. Dude, talk is cheap.
As the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave™, surely we can handle the speechifying by this 3rd rate dictator, although one can argue that he's not the real power, but merely a mouthpiece for the Mullahs:
He is the highest directly elected official in the country, but, according to Article 113 of Constitution of Iran, he has less total power than the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Iran and has the final word in all aspects of foreign and domestic policies.
Oh but wait! Free speech in USA is alive and well after all:
I actually support Columbia University’s decision to invite the Iranian President to speak. Academic freedom must be as close to absolute as possible. Ward Churchill may be a fool but trying to shut him up only makes him a martyr. Similarly, hearing what Ahmadinejad has to say will be an eye opening experience for some, I’m sure. He will condemn himself out of his own mouth and save the Administration from having to gin up outrage over the danger posed by he and his government.
Look, if the U.S. and its Contitution, and Representative form of government is so fragile and small that it can't handle the pontifications of this guy, then they can't handle the rantings of any totalitarian leader.
Oh wait, we have GWBush.