Axelrod Blasts Ahmadinejad’s ‘Bloviations’

By Jennifer Parker

Jun 28, 2009 9:04am

White House senior adviser David Axelrod has raised the stakes with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, striking back at the Iranian president’s the accusation that the U.S. is meddling in Iran’s affairs.

Axelrod called the comments “bloviations” and suggested Ahmadinejad is trying to create “political diversions.”

In my interview on this week he also made it clear that the invitation to Iran to engage in negotiations was still open and that the US would meet with the Iranians in Paris.

“Understand it’s an invitation, it is not a reward,” Axelrod told me, “We are not looking to reward Iran, we’re looking to the nations of the P5, the P-5 plus 1, they want to sit down and talk to Iranians and offer them two paths. And one brings them back into the community of nations and the other has some very stark consequences.”

–George Stephanopoulos

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