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Today, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

Concerning to hear the Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, call for Israel’s annihilation this week. We must stand with our friend, Israel. 9:01 AM – 4 Aug 12

Uh, he’s been saying that for years.

Iranian leader: Wipe out Israel

October 27, 2005

Iran’s new president has repeated a remark from a former ayatollah that Israel should be “wiped out from the map,” insisting that a new series of attacks will destroy the Jewish state, and lashing out at Muslim countries and leaders that acknowledge Israel….

Because the President of Iran has so much power?:

Iran’s Ahmadinejad to leave politics, newspaper reports

June 17, 2012|By the CNN Wire Staff

….Ahmadinejad has been in a power struggle with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and he’s losing, according to experts.

“I think Ahmadinejad underestimated the power of Khamenei, and he overestimated his own power,” Haleh Esfandiari, director of Middle Eastern studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, said last month.

“You can step on anybody’s toes, but not on his toe,” said Esfandiari….

….She said Ahmadinejad may be left a “lame duck” after butting heads with Khamenei….

It’s noise, it’s in a potentially volatile region, you pay attention to it, you analyze it, but you don’t pee your pants and breathlessly clutch your pearls.