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Ahmadinejad: Peace Advocate, US Policy Advisor

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for U.S. bases around the world to be 'eradicated' and said that the next US administration must fundamentally change its foreign policy.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday called for U.S. military bases across the world to be "eradicated" and said there must be "fundamental change" in the next U.S. government.

"The greatest threat in the Middle East and to countries in the world is U.S. intervention," Ahmadinejad told a news conference after a summit of the Developing 8 Countries. "The military bases in the whole world should be eradicated and removed," he said.

"To build confidence in the region is to have fundamental change in the next U.S. government." The D-8 is an economic development alliance between Iran, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.

Translation: If you weaken yourselves to the point that America is unable to project power, we will then see this as a confidence-building measure.

If there were not so many Americans obsessed with building the confidence of the rest of the world - including our enemies - rather than our own, this would be a laughable statement.

But laugh at your own risk.